Tollywood back in action after 21 days

Last Updated: Fri, Dec 31, 2010 05:14 hrs

​After the stalemate for about 21 days, Tollywood will be buzzing with activity as the AP Film Chamber of Commerce and the AP Film Employees` Federation resolved their differences at a meeting on Wednesday night.

 
In a letter issued to the 14,000-strong Employees` Federation, the apex body assured that new agreements would be drafted by March 1, 2011, regarding wage revision, new work norms and other issues.
 
Kotagiri Venkateswar Rao, president, APFEF confirmed that such a letter had been given "addressing our key issues like wage revision, by March 1, so our employees will join shootings with immediate affect."
 
The film industry was at a standstill from December 9 when the apex body announced an indefinite strike to protest the boisterous behavior of AP fighters on the sets of Kandireega on December 8. At a meeting held later, the Producers` Guild told the workers union to suspend "errant workers", but the federation refused to comply and sought the support of the All-India Film Employees` Confederation to mediate the issue of sharing `workers` from two regions.
 
However, a section of the industry feels that neither the producers` council nor the co-ordination committee was taken into confidence. It was a clandestine deal between some producers and cine workers. In reality, the federation wanted to commence work without taking action against their delinquent members and found a face-saving formula with tacit support of our members, the dissident sections maintained.
 
Nevertheless, producers of 48-odd movies will be relieved as the deadlock has ended. "We are glad that the strike has been lifted and all our crew members are raring to resume work," says director Meher Ramesh. 

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