CHENNAI:The Tamil Film Producers Council has announced that all film shootings will be called off indefinitely from Monday over a wage issue.
The Film Employees Federation of South India (FEFSI) has been in talks with the council over an increase in wages for technicians and ancillary workers, for the past three days.
On Friday evening, a statement from the council president Kalaipuli S Thanu said the Film Employees Federation of South India had announced a wage hike without intimating them.
“This has shocked all the producers and this will affect the industry. Until the issue is sorted out, all shootings stand cancelled from July 27,” Kalaipuli S Thanu said.
Sources said the wage hike had been a long- pending demand and was in the 25-35 per cent range. After the statement was issued, members of the council said they were hopeful that the issue would be sorted out soon.
When Express contacted the Film Employees Federation of South India chief Siva, he said it was a small misunderstanding that had led to the standoff,
“We are resolving it. There will be no strike. This is just a small misunderstanding,” he said.