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Two film unions join hands for actors and workers rights

Friday, February 17, 2017
By Raju Vernekar

The Film Studios Setting & Allied Mazdoor Union (FSAMU) and Cine and TV Artists Association (CINTAA ) have joined hands to jointly resolve the problems faced by cine workers thus taking the total strength of their members to nearly 60,000 countrywide.

The decision to forge an alliance was taken by FSAMU, general secretary Gangeshwarlal Shrivastav, and CINTAA general secretary Sushant Singh at a meeting organized in FSAMU’s office in Malad, in North Mumbai on Wednesday.

The meeting came to the conclusion that since the film industry has not been recognized as an industry, the labour laws are bypassed by the filmmakers and as such the first step will be to get recognition for the film industry so that the work hours will be regularized and there will be a regulatory mechanism.

On the occasion, Singh, said, “There is discrimination in providing make-up rooms to artistes and only privileged few and big stars get all the facilities whereas the rest are bundled in a common make-up room. Besides, there is no proper seating arrangement and even the toilets are in bad shape in most of the studios and location sites. The workers do not get even one-hour lunch break since the filmmakers are interested only in canning their footage. No studios have ambulance facility, medical aid, and fire-fighting equipments and during emergency, one has to run from pillar to the post.”

Shrivastav, said that FSAMU will work in coordination with CINTAA so that the problems faced by cine workers including lack of social security measures can be resolved in unison.

CINTAA is the oldest organisation and veteran actress Durga Khote was its first member. The main object of CINTAA is to safeguard the interest of its members, provide financial and medical assistance to its needy members, handling disputes of members. Its members include Manoj Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan, Dilip Kumar and Shah Rukh Khan.

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