FTII: Conservancy staffers protest outside director’s office, demand two ‘fired’ staffers be re-hired

FTII conservancy staffers have been on a strike for last four days demanding that the those ‘fired’ be reinstated.

By: Express News Service | Pune | Published:September 19, 2016 2:24 am
Film and Television Institute of India, FTII protest, FTII sit in protest, FTII administration, FTII staff, FTII staff rehired, pune news, India news The conservancy staffers of FTII have been on a strike for the last four days. (Source: Express Photo by Pavan Khengre)

Conservancy staffers at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) staged a sit-in protest in front of the Director’s office alleging that two cleanliness staffers employed at the institute were removed by their contractor from employment at FTII without any fault of theirs.

The administration has on its part said there were some conduct issues with the staffers and that it has no role in hiring or firing any contractual staffer. FTII said that after it reported the issues it had with the staffers to the contractor, he took the two away from FTII to be deployed elsewhere.

FTII conservancy staffers have been on a strike for last four days demanding that the those ‘fired’ be reinstated.

Supervisor of cleanliness staffers Aruna Chatwale and staffer Ashu Solanki have alleged that they were fired by the FTII Director without giving any adequate reasons.

“We have been working with the FTII for the last four years and have never given any opportunity to any staffer for complaint. Suddenly, the Director decided to send us home and he gave such orders to the contractor we report to. This is gross injustice and all the cleanliness staffers have gone on strike to protest,” said Chatwale.

An officer with the FTII administration however denied these claims saying that the conduct of the staffers was inappropriate and it was reported to the contractor.

“We don’t employ these staffers directly. We can’t hire them nor can we fire. It was the decision of the contractor to shift them to some other place,” said the officer.