Siddharth Roy Kapur is thankful to the court for passing a fair judgment on the ongoing strike of the Federation of Western India Cine Employees. The ongoing strike by the Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE), also known as the film industry workers’ union against the Film and Television Producers Guild of India had impeded the production work of the same.
The Film and Television Producers Guild of India had decided to seek help from the High Court for the problems they were facing. The court passed a fair judgment in favor of the Film and Television Producers Guild of India and declared that the members of Federation of Western India Cine Employees must refrain from threatening member or non- member of its association from voluntarily working with the producers.
The Film and Television Producers Guild of India had procured an interim order from the court which prevents the FWICE, and its members, from threatening member or non-member of its association from voluntarily working with the producers. Siddharth Roy Kapur, president of the Film and Television Producers Guild of India shared, “We are pleased with this fair verdict. It is unfortunate, but unavoidable, that we have had to exercise our legal options to ensure the safety and security of those film and television workers who are gladly willing to continue working with us, despite the arbitrary strike call given by the FWICE.”
The workers’ union had decided to protest against the producers’ association by calling for an indefinite strike on August 9; citing that the IFTPC had backtracked on its previous promise of a wage hike. Siddharth Roy Kapur further added the decision of some members of the Federation of Western India Cine Employee should not stop those who are willing to work with producers, he said,”There should be complete freedom between producers and workers to decide on commercial terms, one that suits both parties. We should focus on facilitating a healthy and safe environment for our employees rather than impose arbitrary decisions which hamper the well being of the industry, and ultimately impact the workers that we are supposed to protect.”
The decision has come as a relief for both, the IFTPC and those workers who are employed on the set on daily wages.