150K On Strike in Bollywood

Workers demand boost in pay, currently at $11-12 per day
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 1, 2008 1:28 PM CDT
An Indian lighting assistant carries a light-box during filming on a set at Kamlistan Studio in Mumbai in this file photo. More than 100,000 workers in Bollywood began an indefinite strike today.
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(Newser) – Bollywood workers began an indefinite strike today, with roughly 150,000 actors, dancers, and cameramen refusing to work, according to the Hollywood Reporter. At issue are late payments, non-union labor, and notoriously poor working conditions. Many technical workers make 600 rupees per day—or about $12. “It is within our rights to ask for better pay,” said one union’s chief.