'Federation of Western India Cine Employees' conducts a successful conclave

Mumbai: The Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE), the nodal body for all cine employees hosted a formal get-together and benevolence meeting with the leaders of the 22 crafts union’s associations affiliated to it on 7th March 2018 at Pathare Prabhu Hall, Andheri (West), Mumbai.FWICE President B.N. Tiwari and General Secretary Ashok Dubey with their office bearers representing the rights and privileges of cine workers had initiated this meeting over sumptuous food to discuss to the key policies pertaining to the welfare of the cine artistes, technicians and workers with film and television producers’ union leaders too.

The gathering even witnessed union that had separatedfrom the federation earlier like Asia’s largest film labour union, ‘FilmStudios Setting & Allied Mazdoor Union’ (FSSAMU) whose ex-chairman wasveteran actor Mithun Chakraborty and now is chaired by the dynamic and dashingMLA Ram Kadam. Gangeshwarlal Shrivastav a.k.a. Sanju, the brave and undauntedGeneral Secretary of FSSAMU attended this meeting which was well received.

T.P. Aggarwal – filmmaker and President of IndianMotion Pictures Producers’ Association (IMPPA), Ashoke Pandit - a filmmaker andsocial activist and the Vice President of (IMPPA) and ex-president of IndianFilms & Television Directors’ Association (IFTDA), Sushant Singh – actorand General Secretary of Cine & TV Artistes Association (CINTAA), GajendraChauhan – actor and ex-chairman of the Film and Television Institute of India(FTII), Prabhat Pandey – secretary of Western India Film Producers’ Association(WIFPA), actor Abhimanyu Singh, Mahamandelshwar Sanjay Giri Maharaj, AshfaqueKhopekar – President of Dadasaheb Phalke Film Foundation Awards,  SharadDevram Shelar – filmmaker and hotelier and many other prominent office bearersof the association were also present on the occasion.

The threesome viz B.N. Tiwari, GangeshwarlalShrivastav and Ashok Dubey took turns in felicitating and honoring all theunion leaders and guest with bouquets and glory. The combination of these threemen looked like a power of strength who together will successfully maneuver theherculean task of providing the rights and welfare of cine employees of FWICE andtaking it to greater heights by leaving no stone unturned.

Speaking on the occasion, B.N. Tiwari, the Presidentof FWICE said, “We all are like a family and stay bonded. Together we haveorganized this mammoth gathering for harboring proper and effectivecommunications like a joint family and help each other in theirneeds.”  He further added, “We do not intend to harass any film ortelevision producers. We would like to co-operate and work in hands like ateam. We would not stop the shooting, but will negotiate our cine workersgenuine demand and work conditions. Thus we should think of each other and cometo terms.”

 Apart from the President and General Secretaryof FWICE, their Senior Vice President - Raja Khan, Vice President SangamUpadhyay, Joint Secretaries – Stalin D’souza and Rajan Singh, Treasurer – WasimQuresh and all the respective heads of all the affiliated 22 unions cametogether under one roof to make the event a grand and memorable one.

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