Bollywood workers call off strike

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Mumbai, Oct 4 (UNI) The striking technicians and workers of Bollywood have called off their three-day-old agitation after an agreement worked out between the Workers and the Producers' Associations.

Over one lakh workers, who were on strike from October one, withdrew the strike yesterday.

The workers went on strike to press for their demands that included less working hours, better pay and timely payment. The strike had paralysed the city-based film industry.

''They have agreed to almost all our demands, and from tomorrow (Saturday) workers will go back to work,'' Dinesh Tiwari, general secretary of Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE), said here today.

Well-known producers T P Aggarwal, Ratan Jain, Manmohan Shetty, Mukesh Bhatt and Vashu Bhagnani among others were present at the meeting. Dheeraj Kumar represented the TV Producers Association.

They have signed a fresh agreement with the Workers Association.

Some film stars like Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan, who also runs a production house of his own, have supported the workers' cause, sources added.

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