Bollywood technicians go on strike

Mumbai, Oct 1 (IANS) In what is termed as an unprecedented development, nearly 140,000 Bollywood and TV industry technicians and workers launched a non-cooperation agitation here Wednesday even as a producers' association declared the strike illegal.

Spearheading the agitation, the Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) has alleged "unethical practices" of the producers' associations as one of the reasons for the mass action.

The immediate fallout was the abrupt cancellation of at least three major film shootings and scores of TV show shootings, according to an FWICE member.

FWICE office-bearer Dharmesh Tiwari told mediapersons that the four main producers' organisations had signed a three-year memorandum of understanding (MoU) with FW