Strike ends, sigh of relief for TV viewers

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Mumbai, Nov 19: TV viewers will no longer be bored with repeat telecasts of their favourite serials as the industry workers on Wednesday, Nov 19 called off their strike. "All the disputes between workers and producers have been settled and we are signing an agreement," Vice President of Indian Motion Picture Producers' Association (IMPPA), Shushma Shiromani told news agencies. Confirming an end to the 10-day stand-off between workers and producers, Federation of Western Cine Employees (FWICE) chief Dharmesh Tiwari said "agreement details would be revealed later".

In the wake of the tussle between TV workers and the producers, producers and broadcasters met in Mumbai to reach a consensus, following which the strike was called off. FWICE had called for the strike, demanding higher wages, better work conditions and more breaks between shoots. The strike impacted television serials and forced channels to begin repeat telecasts from Nov 10. Apara Mehta, a well-known television actress, however, feels the technicians were the worst hit by the strike. "I think the worst hit were the technician, who work on daily wages. I am glad the strike is over," she told.

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