The employees of 24 Crafts in Telugu Film Industry are planning to go on a strike demanding hefty rise in their paychecks. Over 13000 employees will be participating in this strike and it will paralyze the entire industry pausing the film shootings and post production. Currently Film Chamber big heads are in talks with the associations and if the talks fail, they will begin their strike from Monday. Sources say the associations are demanding more than 100% rise from the existing pays.
This will take a severe effect on film industry which is already reeling under the pressure of very low success rate. However the associations remind that their pays are untouched for several years and they can not make both ends meet with out a pay hike. At present, junior artistes and drivers get Rs 500, make-up men/women and costumers get Rs 800, light men get Rs 525 and production assistants get Rs 500 per day.
They have to toil hard for the entire day from 6 in the morning to 6 in the evening. A few big films are in the final stages of shooting while a few others are to start shooting soon. If the talks fail, shooting for these films will come to a halt and it will further delay the releases and lead to big revenue losses for the industry.