The on-going strike indulged in by FEFSI employees and the various Unions and Associations affiliated with it has almost crippled the shooting of Tamil films in the past fortnight or so. The employees are demanding a steep revision in their daily wages in tune with the changing times and on par with the escalating price rise.
In order to avoid the ‘zone of strike’, some producers and directors tried to shoot their films in neighbouring States only to find that the local employees refused to work for their films saying that they were expressing ‘solidarity’ with their counterparts in Kollywood.
The strike, as readers are aware, is the result of the failure of two rounds of talks held between the Tamil Film Producers’ Council (TFPC) and FEFSI Union. Sources close to FEFSI and the Council, however, insist that a solution is in sight to end the deadlock. If everything goes well, the strike could be called off by tomorrow morning, these sources point out.
A final round of talks between FEFSI and the Council is expected to be held tomorrow with officials of the labour department of the State Government mediating between them in order to enable them to reach an amicable understanding. The prolonged strike which has been going on for the past 203 films has affected the progress of the shooting schedules of many films.