BECTU members not spooked by management silence! Halloween strike at the Ritzy

27 October 2016

Ritzy living wage campaign stays on course

Hackney Picturehouse workers wear green t-shirts on the day of their first strike for the living wage.

BECTU members at Hackney Picturehouse staged their first strike on 15 October, which coincided with similar action amongst Ritzy staff. Management closed both venues on the day.

26 October 2016

Underterred by the silence of their employer, living wage campaigners at the Ritzy will stage their third strike in two months when they walk out on Monday 31 October.

This 14-hour strike at the much loved Brixton venue gets underway at 4pm and will run until 6am on 1 November.

Ritzy and Hackney Picturehouse

Since the last strike on 15 October – which saw BECTU members at the Ritzy join forces on the picket line with their colleagues at the Hackney Picturehouse, also campaigning for the living wage – Picturehouse management have continued to set their faces to the wall, this despite the closure of both venues in reply to the action.

Management reject ACAS invite

Following the strikes, BECTU accepted an offer from ACAS to help to broker a deal but the company refused the invitation.

Picturehouse parent company, Cineworld, the largest cinema circuit in Europe with over 2000 screens, posted an 8% increase in turnover in August, up to £357m. Whilst profits were down £16.2m to £30.6m, which the company put down partially to the timing of the Euro 2016 football championship, profitability is set to be helped in the second half of the year by some major releases.

Company refuses to negotiate

Writing to Ritzy members with the formal strike instruction for 31 October, Gerry Morrissey, general secretary said:

“It is vital that you take this further strike action and send another signal to the company that your demands for fairness in the workplace should be addressed, and that their continued refusal to negotiate with your trade union is unacceptable.”

Read more about the Ritzy pay claim in dispute here. The current campaign of industrial action follows sustained strike action at the Ritzy in 2014 which encouraged many more low paid workers to challenge their employers over their treatment. So far in 2016 strike action at the Ritzy has been mounted on 24 September and on 15 October.

Support the campaign & donate

To keep up to date with the progress of the campaigns at the Ritzy and at Hackney Picturehouse on twitter follow @ritzylivingwage and @hphlivingwage You can also donate to the workers’ strike fund via Crowdpac.

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