We don’t believe in hooliganism but we’re forced into it – B.N. Tiwari, President FWICE

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President of Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) Birendra Nath Tiwari says we don’t believe in hooliganism but we’re forced into it.

Film City gates turned into battle ground, when thousands of registered cine employees went on strike demanding various issues pending with the producers are addressed at the earliest.

“Producers made a promise to us, which they haven’t fulfilled so far, because of that we’re on strike. We’re peaceful and stable working technicians, we don’t believe in hooliganism but we’re forced into it” says FWICE President B N Tiwari.

The workers had raised a similar demand in 2015 and were then assured by the producers that their increments would be raised by 13% in the first year, which never happened about which B N Tiwari said, “The agreement, which was done in 2015, it hasn’t been fulfilled till now, it is 2017. The workers have been waiting for two and a half years, but now the delay is intolerable.

Producers are procrastinating and been threatening and bullying us. Even the cops are called here to threaten and hassle us.”

“Producer had hired goons, who have beaten few of the workers. One is even beaten so badly that he been admitted in hospital. If producers don’t mend their way and meet our demands, the workers will soon take matter into their own hands.” adds BN Tiwari.

The spot boys, junior artistes and all the workers on film sets and in the television industry took part in the strike under the aegis of the Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE).

The projects likely to be affected due to the strike include Shah Rukh Khan’s next film, which is being directed by Aanand L. Rai, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmavati and Amitabh Bachchan’s Kaun Banega Crorepati Season 9.