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Malayalam film industry faces troubled times.

Thiruvananthapuram: The Malayalam film industry, which has not been in the best of financial health in recent years, is facing turbulence following increased bickering between different workers' organisations in the industry.

The latest to flex its muscles is the Malayalam Cinema Technicians' Association (Macta) Federation, which is affiliated to the All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC).

Macta has threatened to go on a strike from the middle of May to protest the alleged denial of labour rights in the Malayalam film sector.

Macta president Vinayan and AITUC general secretary Kanam Rajendran said the labour issues included wage hike for technicians in the film industry.

Their contention is that the labour issues have not been sorted out because of the unhelpful attitude adopted by the Film Producers' Association and the Kerala Film Chamber.

A round of talks that was scheduled for Wednesday in the presence of the Labour Commissioner did not materialise apparently because the representatives of the producers' association and the film chamber did not attend.

Macta officials are now planning to serve a strike notice on the producers' association and the film chamber, and hold a convention in Kochi on May 9, before going on a full-fledged strike from mid-May.

The Kochi convention is meant to highlight the need to protect the rights of cinema workers, Macta officials said.

The Malayalam film industry has been facing serious trouble since last year when Macta split and a new group called Film Employees Federation of Kerala came into being.

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Date:May 1, 2009
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