The Tamil Film Producers Council (TFPC) has called for an emergency general council meeting to discuss the pay revision of employees. On Saturday, the influential body made an announcement that there would be no shootings on January 23 in view of the crucial meeting.
In a statement, the TFPC expressed unhappiness over the "unilateral announcement" of a new pay scale for workers, by the Film Employees Federation of South India, popularly known as FEFSI. To ensure complete attendance of film producers at the meeting, all film shooting has been called off on Monday, it said.
While pay revision was decided once in three years after consultations between TFPC and FEFSI, the employees federation had gone ahead with announcing a "unilateral" scale this time, insisting the new structure should come into effect immediately, the TFPC said.
"This is shocking as it seems to question the democratic functioning in this matter," the Producers Council said and added: "The wage scale has been jointly decided by TFPC and FEFSI. The decision to suspend all shooting operations will help members to participate in the general council on January 23."