The Film Employees Federation of South India (FEFSI) has approached Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh with five demands seeking better work conditions and pay for the film employees. The Federation has also planned a rally that starts from Kanyakumari and ends at New Delhi after meeting the Prime Minister in person and convey the current grievances they face to the PM.
Speaking to reporters in Chennai Thursday, FEFSI president V C Guhanathan said they have approached Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi, Union Labour Minister Mallikarjun Kharge and Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Sonia in this regard.
“Steps should be taken to organise cinema and television sector. Eight hours a day should be fixed as the working time for film employees. Salaries should be raised at regular intervals. A pension scheme should be implemented. Every producer should obtain a certificate from FEFSI that they had settled all the payment dues to workers before the release of a movie”, Guhanathan said, throwing light on their demands.
“A letter with the above mentioned five demands, already sent to the PM”, he said. “We are waiting to hear from the PM, after which we will personally make these demands to him at a later date,” he added.
On January 14, 2011, Chief Minister M Karunanidhi will inaugurate a studio developed completely by the Indian film industry at Kalaignar Nagar in Paiyanoor, where a township for the film fraternity is being built. “In an attempt to encourage more women film technicians, priority will be assigned to women in the training school coming up in the township, and sessions by foreign technicians organised,” he added.