Nearly 300 daily paid workers have interrupted their work on the OTT show ‘Dharavi Bank’ after unpaid contributions of nearly a month, said on Wednesday Ashok Dubey, general secretary of the Federation of Cinema Employees of West India (FWICE). Dubey told PTI that workers are building the set for the Zee Studios-supported series ‘Dharavi Bank’, starring Vivek Oberoi and Suniel Shetty, in Film City on the outskirts of Goregaon here.
Work was interrupted Tuesday afternoon. More than Rs 50 lakhs of unpaid wages have not yet been paid by the production house, Dubey said. The show will air on MX Player.
Almost 300 workers are suffering because of a problem between the art director and the production house, Zee Studios. The workers have not been paid for almost a month now and finally stopped working yesterday. When I spoke to the production house, the rep informed me that they only received the invoice (from the art director) yesterday, so they won’t be able to immediately transfer the money to the workers. The estimate pending payment is over Rs 50 lakhs, ” he said. The workers are part of the Film Studios Setting and the Allied Majdoor Union.
According to Dubey, sooner the workers’ payments would come to the union, which would then be transferred to them.
But according to union guidelines, workers must now be paid directly, which is sometimes a problem. The production houses do not have their contact details, their account number … The workers also change constantly. This is a big prize, so it came out in the open, otherwise workers are regularly faced with these problems. Dubey said Zee Studios has assured payment will be made, albeit with some delay. “The production house said that since it does not have the details of all the workers, it could pay the union directly, which will then transfer the funds. They do not deny that they will not pay “, he added. According to the spokesperson for Zee Studios, there is” no question of late payments “.
The fact that there was no documentation discipline on the part of the crew employed. In fact, we raised the issues with the union and told them to intervene to resolve this issue. Payments are not delayed due to a deliberate delay by Zee Studios, ” the statement read.
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