All Indian Cine Workers Association

All Indian Cine Workers Association (AICWA) is a non-profit organization registered at Mumbai. Founded by Suresh Shyamlal Gupta. AICWA works for security and safety of cine workers and artists of Indian film industry. It was formed for the betterment of workers and artists in the Indian film industry & giving them a platform for resolution of their grievances. It is affiliated with Government of Maharashtra.

AICWA
All Indian Cine Workers Association
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FounderSuresh Shyamlal Gupta (President)
TypeNon-Profit Organisation
Headquarters5, Sunheights Building, Sun City Complex, Powai
Mumbai, Maharashtra – 400076
Location
Key people
  • Vijay Pratap Singh
  • Rahul Sharma
Websitewww.aicwa.in

OrganizationEdit

All Indian Cine Workers Association (AICWA) is an Organised Non-Government workers union for the Indian Film Industry. AICWA made a revolution by organising a meeting with labour ministry and forming a government committee in which AICWA is a committee member and representing workers and Artists working in the Indian Film Industry. AICWA is one of the leading and specialised associations working for the betterment of artists and workers of Indian film industry.

Ever since the Indian Film Industry was created there were no standard rules for workers. AICWA is one of the few set ups which is striving hard to make this industry Organised so that the workers don’t have to face any hardships.

The industry generates about Rs. 2 lakh crore worth of revenue every year but not even 1% of it is returned back to the hard working labour & workers who toil for more than 18 hours in a day and are still living in poor conditions with no Government facilities provided to them. The whole idea of forming this organization is to make sure that the workers get what they deserve further enhancing their standard of living.

Backing up the same, the organization has pleaded for a relief fund from Maharashtra govt. seeking financial help for cine workers ruled out of their work during COVID-19 pandemic.[1] Moreover AICWA has raised a demand of Cine Workers Welfare Fund by making a representation to Nana Patole, the Speaker of Maharashtra Assembly. The same was put forth to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray for grant.[2]

AICWA has presence in Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttrakhand, Haryana, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Jammu & Kashmir with active members from all over the country. It is headquartered in Mumbai, Maharashtra, with around 15 active offices in other states. Key people of AICWA is affiliated with Government of Maharashtra as an officially appointed representative of Cine-Television artists and workers.

During the First wave of COVID-19 pandemic an essential step was taken by AICWA president Suresh S Gupta, He wrote a letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray seeking financial help for the workers of Film industry, while Lockdown was impost to fight against the pandemic workers needed financial support for livelihood, few film stars, directors had to try help them but it was not enough so AICWA requested the state government to pay 5000 to each family workers on monthly basis for their livelihood. [3] [4]

ObjectivesEdit

  • All Indian Cine Workers Association standards are broadly aimed at ensuring accessible, productive, and sustainable work conditions with focus on security and dignity for cine workers and artists.
  • To make this unorganized sector (film industry) into an organized set up where the workers interests is the priority & due diligence is placed to achieve the same.
  • To set up a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for day-to-day working of the Organization ensuring timely & responsible solution to problems of cine workers.
  • To secure speedy improvement of conditions of work and life and of the status of the workers in industry and society.
  • Working to enhance the Social and Economic conditions of the workers.
  • Providing Legal and Social Assistance to artists and workers of Cinema as well as TV industry.
  • Actively engaged with state governments for providing sustainable services to cinema and TV industry workers and artists.
  • Conducting stress management sessions.
  • Formulated committee against women/child harassment.
  • Helping government in formulating laws for Minimum Working Hours, Minimum wages act, Provident Fund, ESIC, Life insurance & Mediclaim, Safety & security for cine artists and workers.
  • To promote and work on a Pan India level by forming Regional Offices for timely resolution of issues.
  • To foster the spirit of solidarity, service, brotherhood, co-operation and mutual help among the workers.
  • To develop a sense of responsibility towards the industry and community.
  • To raise the workers morale by creating good working conditions.

ControversiesEdit

  • During First wave of COVID-19 Pandemic while full lockdown was impost as per government guideline and all shooting was also stopped from 19 to 31 March 2020. AICWA president Suresh S Gupta noted actually few shooting was still not stopped as well as safety instructions was also not followed. Only 50 percent shooting was stopped at Goregaon Firm City and rest was still continued without following safety guideline. As notification was issued from Principal Secretary of the Health Department Dr. Pradeep Vyas that must follow the safety hygiene while shooting still all the safety hygiene was neglected. [5]
  • In 2018, Cine Vista Studio's management has faced rage from AICWA as one crew member lost his life due to negligence on the part of studio owners, production house, and the producer.[6] "Although a huge quantity of wood was used on the set, they had not adopted safety measures. Many union members have complained about it," said Gupta.[7] Later a notice was served to Cine Vista regarding the same.[8]
  • AICWA lodged a complaint at Chembur Police station on 11 July 2018 against over-the-top media services provider Netflix, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and the producers of the new series Sacred Games for insulting the late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.[9][10][11] Highlighting the incident, Suresh Shyamlal Gupta stated, "I would like to draw your attention towards a serial called 'Sacred Games' which has started on Netflix contains a scene from the fourth episode in which the lead actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui is seen abusing our late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and calling him Fattu (p**** as translated in the subtitle of the show)."[12]
  • After 2019 Pulwama attack All Indian Cine Workers Association announced a ban on Pakistani actors and artists in the Indian film industry, and stated that strong action would be taken on any organisation violating it.[13]
  • AICWA demanded for a ban on Pakistani artists, diplomats & bilateral relations by writing a formal request to Hon'ble Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi.[14] The association issued a statement, "AICWA demands a complete No on Pakistani artists, diplomats and no bilateral relations with Pakistan and its people."[15] President of the association appreciated bold decisions of Home Minister Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.[16]
  • All Indian Cine Workers Association on 19 February wrote a letter to the Minister of External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj, asking for Pakistani artistes to be deported and their visas cancelled following the Pulwama terror attack.[17]AICWA said that the attack was a "cowardly, shameful and most disgraceful act of Pakistan."[18] The association stated that 'Nation Comes First' and claimed to stand with the nation in the times of such terrifying and inhuman acts.[19][20] It further declared ban on Pak artists after the Pulwama incident and pleaded the Centre to cancel the work visas of all Pakistani artists.[21][22]
  • On 8 August 2019, AICWA demanded blanket ban on Pakistani Artists, diplomats after Pakistan banned screening of Indian films across border. "Entire film industry and cine workers have refused to resume work till there is a complete ban of Pakistani movie makers, artists, and trade partner," the statement by AICWA reads.[23]
  • AICWA banned and boycotted Mika Singh from the film industry after Singh performed at a wedding in Pakistan.[24] Members of association protested outside Mika Singh House after he performed at an event in Pakistan at a former dictator General Parvez Musharraf's relatives function.[25] As per the statement, “AICWA workers will make sure that no one in India works with Mika Singh and if anyone does, they will face legal consequences in the court of law”.[26][27] AICWA also requested Ministry of Information and Broadcasting’s intervention in this regard.[28][29]
  • On June 10, 2020 All Indian Cine Workers Association (AICWA) released an official statement calling out the allegedly derogatory scenes in Indian producer Ekta Kapoor's 'XXX (web series)'.[30] The association seeks FIR Against Ekta Kapoor & ALT Balaji production for humiliating Indian Army and has also written to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting 'to demand a censor board for controlling the content, scenes and vulgarity on OTT platforms.'[31]
  • AICWA demanded ban on Punjabi film Chal Mera Putt for casting Pakistani artists. In this regard, the association has sent a formal letter to the Captain Amarinder Singh, CM of Punjab. A copy of the same was also forwarded to the Hon Shri Prakash Javadekar (Minister of Information & Broadcasting), Hon Shri Subrahmanyam Jaishankar (former Minister Of External Affairs) and Hon Shri Prasoon Joshi (Chairman, Central Board of Film Certification) for their kind perusal.[32]
  • After Yogi Adityanath announced a new film city in UP, AICWA's president said, "By the way, shooting of many films is going on in Lucknow. It is possible sometimes but not many films will be shot. Women feel safe in Mumbai. There are around 30 percent women associated with film industry in Mumbai. I doubt if the freedom to work day and night be available to them there?"[33][34]

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  28. ^ "Singer Mika Singh BANNED And BOYCOTTED By All India Cine Workers Association After Performing At Event In Pakistan!". ABPLive.
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  33. ^ "मुंबईतील बॉलीवुड उत्तर प्रदेशातील फिल्मसिटीमुळे खरंच धोक्यात येईल?". BBC News Marathi.
  34. ^ "योगी की नई फ़िल्म सिटी से मुंबई को कितना ख़तरा". BBC News Hindi.

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