Brixton Ritzy staff in pay dispute for London Living Wage with Picturehouse Cinemas

Discussion in 'Brixton' started by editor, Mar 12, 2014.

  1. shakespearegirl

    shakespearegirl just worked out taglines

    This sums it up for me:

    Curzon chief executive Philip Knatchbull said he wanted to pay “a fair wage” to staff because they “make Curzon special” with their “enthusiasm” and “knowledge of film”.
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  2. Dan U

    Dan U Boompty

    seems to me the owners of Brixton Ritz are taking a gigantic shit on their position in the market.

    it's always been perceived as a slightly left of centre cinema, showing interesting films and documentaries, like many of the other smaller chains do

    how can that possibly stand up now. it's barmy.

    (and yes i know they are now part of a big chain)
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  3. friendofdorothy

    friendofdorothy it is so much worse than Thatcherism now

    I'd be really surprised if any cinemas do pay LLW (or shops or pub barstaff for that matter and don't start me on care homes) I don't earn LLW but I still support the Ritzy workers - so few low paid work places seem to be unionised these days
  4. leanderman

    leanderman Street Party: July 2

  5. colacubes

    colacubes Well-Known Member

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  7. colacubes

    colacubes Well-Known Member

    :oops: :D
  8. simonSW2

    simonSW2 Well-Known Member

  9. Winot

    Winot I wholeheartedley agree with your viewpoint

    No job cuts at the Ritzy Cinema after all: Cineworld bosses back down in the row over the London Living Wage

    HT @RosamundUrwin
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  10. Ms T

    Ms T Honey-coloured ramparts

  11. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    ETA - same link as above.

    Great news!
  12. shakespearegirl

    shakespearegirl just worked out taglines

  13. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Gotta love Curzon adding to the pincer movement pressure too!
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  14. Belushi

    Belushi 01 811 8055 R.I.P.

    Great news!
  15. Ms T

    Ms T Honey-coloured ramparts

    Yes, they really played a blinder there.
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  16. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baṉned: All

  17. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    It's not over yet though, as the union won't drop plans for the strike ballot until guarantees are offered about their members’ long-term job security. And quite right, too.
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  18. Nanker Phelge

    Nanker Phelge Monkey Boy

    They've fought a good fight and won.

    Long term job security? Who is guaranteed that these days?
  19. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    They haven't got the London Living Wage wage yet. And why the fuck shouldn't long term employees fight for some kind of job security given the cavalier way that Picturehouse suddenly dropped their plans for near-immediate mass redundancies?
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  20. Nanker Phelge

    Nanker Phelge Monkey Boy

    What does 'long term job security' mean? I think it's an intangible demand. How long does an employer have to promise you have a job for?

    The question doesn't have to relate to this situation and dispute. I don't think it's a demand any employer can promise their staff these days.
  21. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    I'd suggest they're looking for some sort of reassurance that the owners won't pull another sudden 'Mass Redundancies'R'Us' number out of the bag any time soon. And that seems a reasonable enough request to me.

    I know some of the workers who were in line for the festive sacking, it would have had seriously repercussions on the lives/homes etc - and Christmas is one of the worst times to try and find a new place to live.
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  22. Nanker Phelge

    Nanker Phelge Monkey Boy

    I think that's reasonable and fair. I'm hoping Picturehouse/Cineworld will have learned that punitive and bully boy tactics are not going to get them anywhere. They've got to swallow the sting of the defeat and move on now.

    Another way they may take this is to just let the Ritzy go without any real funding, run it into the ground, wait for it to be a shitty place where no one goes, then make everyone redundant, wait, refurb, re-open as a shit multiplex....the M&E in the place is already fucked...and it's never been a truly great experience watching a film there.

    Either way....I'm not sure I really wanna go there now and put my pennies in the paymasters I'm a bit torn now.
  23. 299 old timer

    299 old timer Well-Known Member

    Let's hope it's not a pyrrhic victory. I can imagine Cineworld not replacing staff who leave, an old tactic.
    Nonetheless, well done to the staff.
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  24. Lo Siento.

    Lo Siento. Second As Farce

    I think it's highly likely that Cineworld don't actually want to reduce their staffing level, which are probably already pretty tight. More likely they wanted to use the redundancy process to weed out people they perceive to be troublemakers.

    Companies that genuinely have to reduce staffing levels to cut costs don't back down that easily.
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  25. leanderman

    leanderman Street Party: July 2

    I have no idea why they didn't lose the jobs through not replacing people who leave.
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  26. friendofdorothy

    friendofdorothy it is so much worse than Thatcherism now

    Perhaps Cineworld must have realised the PR damage their behaviour to the Ritzy workers has caused. The Curzon obviously do, raising the pay of a few staff has rewarded them with more media coverage than the same amount spent on advertising.
  27. Brixton Hatter

    Brixton Hatter Home is south London mate

    It looks like what happened is Cineworld (the massive company which owns Picturehouses) took a look at the situation and pulled rank on Picturehouses' management, with the CEO stepping in to tell them to stop the 'consultation' on the redundancies.

    The Chief Exec of a big corporate, saving the workers from the artsy, 'independent' Picturehouses? Fancy that!
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  28. leanderman

    leanderman Street Party: July 2

    And Mooky is a pretty fucking cool name. If he was my chief exec, I'd obey too.
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  29. TheTruthRuth

    TheTruthRuth New Member

    Lots of redundancies made at Cineworld headquarters this week, maybe the Ritzy redundancies were always part of the plan.....
  30. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    Picturehouse back down.

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