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01 October, 2008 - Published 13:57 GMT
Bollywood on strike
All work in India's film and television industry hub of Bollywood has been stopped today as thousands of technicians and actors have gone on strike over pay and conditions. With more, here's our South Asia correspondent Damian Grammaticas:
On the first day of this strike Bollywood has fallen silent. All productions in the world's busiest film hub have been halted. Everyone - from dancing girls to carpenters, lighting technicians to cameramen, soundmen to script writers - has downed tools.
Dinesh Chaturvedi, head of the Federation that represents 22 unions with over 147,000 members working in the film and television business said they'd decided to halt all co-operation with industry producers. He said union members, most of whom fill the lowest paid jobs, are protesting because of abysmal pay, long shifts that can often last for up to thirty six hours and unpaid wages that can be withheld for up to six months leaving workers on the verge of starvation.
It's television productions on tight schedules like reality shows that are being hit the hardest. But Sushma Shiromanee of the Indian Motion Picture Producers Association said employers were not panicking. They will meet to decide their response to the strike on Thursday, she said, but are prepared to hold out for months if necessary.
Damien Grammaticas, BBC News, Delhi
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