CHENNAI: A city civil court has granted interim stay on a resolution of the South Indian Cini, Television Artists and Dubbing Artists Union suspending three of its members. Granting relief to dubbing artists J Mathiyazagan, R Mahalakshmi, and PR Kannan, who were suspended from the union, vacation judge S Muruganantham said, “Unless, ex-parte interim is granted, the livelihood of the petitioners and basic rights would be affected.” The case has been posted for further hearing on June 9. Petitioners submitted that the union was formed to protect the interests and welfare of dubbing artists.
“Of late, the union has been acting against the interests of artists.
Instead of allowing the dubbing artists to collect payment directly from clients, the union interferes in the process and collects the payments. The union pays artists after deducting 10 per cent from the payment.
The union ensures that the no work is allotted to them without their knowledge,” the trio alleged. Further, they filed a petition challenging the illegal act of union in the Madras High Court, following which the matter was referred to deputy commissioner of labour and additional registrar of trade unions.
To avenge the trio’s move, union general secretary MA Prakash and president KR Selvaraj reportedly passed an order on April 11 suspending them from the union.