Thousands go on strike in Bollywood
Wednesday, 1 October 2008
Over 100,000 Bollywood and television workers have begun an indefinite strike over pay and conditions in India.
Bollywood stars including Shah Rukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan and thousands of dancers, writers and technicians have rowed in behind a call for 'non-co-operation' in Mumbai, the centre of the Indian movie industry.
According to Reuters, union leader Dinesh Chaturvedi said: "All shoots are off. The producers have not stuck to the terms of the agreement they signed with us one-and-a-half years back.
"Payments have been delayed by three months, six months, a year. And producers are hiring non-members to save costs. We are not happy to call for this non-cooperation, but we are helpless."
The dispute centers around irregular pay and the hiring of non-union members.