Sandalwood is in trouble again as the Workers Federation has gone on a strike. Movies like Airavatha and Ricky have stopped shooting as the workers have refused to work until their demands are met. The Federation is demanding better pay scale for the workers working in the film industry. They submitted a memorandum to the KFCC making their demands clear. However, the Chambers did not respond to the memorandum.
The Federation has decided to work on revised pay scale from September 15th. However, not all the producers are ready to accept the revised pay scale. To break the deadlock, Kannada Film Producer Association met the Workers Federation and discussed the new pay scale. They are yet to reach mutually agreeable terms.
The meeting was held with Additional Commissioner, Jinkalappa. While the producers said that the new pay scale is unacceptable, the workers have refused to work for the old pay scale. The meeting failed to end the deadlock. Currently many movies are being shot and they have been suspended until the new pay scale will be adopted.
Producers like Sandesh Nagaraj, Jayanna, Shailendra Babu and others said that the new pay scale proposed by the workers will put too much financial burden on the producers and they cannot afford such huge increase in the cost of production.