The strike and settlement go hand in hand
after the strike came to an end it was followed by yet another strike!
This time it was the sound recorders, who are still not happy with
their salary hike. However, unlike the earlier one this strike was
On behalf of the workers and producers, FWICE
(Federation of Western India Cine Employees) signed an agreement on
Wednesday which had all the clauses and the increased pay of the
people. According to the sources, soon after the strike got over
yesterday, there were some fractions of people (sound recorders) who
did not agree with what their leaders had signed. Objecting this, all
the sound recorders had a meeting where they decided to keep mum till
their demands were met.
With so many losses already being
endured by the small screen industry, producers are worried about the
strike. Ratna Sinha, the producer of Babul Ka Aangan, was hoping the
strike to get over by the end of the day. He says, "We've suffered
enough losses, I just hope it gets over very soon."
Rane, one of the sound recorders says, "It all happened due to some
misunderstandings between group leader and the sound recorders." Sound
recorders demanded for a hike raising their wages to Rs.51, 000 on a
monthly basis, which has now been settled at 48,000 per month including
Rs. 100 as the conveyance of each day. For the boom man, it has
increased to Rs. 21, 000 which too includes conveyance charges of Rs.
There are two basic units in the television industry;
'Cameras' which capture the visuals and second are the 'Recorders' that
capture sound. Sound recorders hence play a very important role in the
With sound recorders calling off their strike,
shooting are most likely to start by today evening or tomorrow. This
will further enable the channel to keep their viewers entertained from
Monday with brand new episodes.
Vandana Shukla, Hill Road Media
Thursday, November 20, 2008|