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

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

  1. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    Good thinking. The PLC also means you could buy a share or shares in the company and be entitled to attend the AGM and ask questions.
    Or even demonstrate. http://www.hl.co.uk/shares/shares-search-results/c/cineworld-group-plc-ordinary-1p

    Not sure that this would work in the Ritzy's case - as the Cineworld directors might consider giving ground at the Ritzy would be giving ground to all Cineworld sites everywhere.

    It did work for me in one instance. I used to live in Effra Court which was owned and managed by Freshwater Group (Daejan Holdings plc) in the early 1980s. Our lift had been kaput for months - so I invited myself to the AGM equiped with 100 shares. Mt Barry Freshwater was very accomodating over a can of Freshwater Heineken at the end of the meeting - and the lift was fixed in days.

    You never know until you try.
     
  2. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    It took place at lunchtime and the streets around the cinema were as packed as usual, yet barely a soul turned up to support them. It's quite depressing.
     
  3. ash

    ash Inittogether

    But not everyone who lives in Brixton works (or not works) in Brixton?
     
  4. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Yes, sure, but I counted less than 10 people showing up to support the workers. Less than 10, ffs.
     
  5. friendofdorothy

    friendofdorothy it is so much worse than Thatcherism now

    I wish them well.

    But like many other locals, I was busy earning less an hour than them. So I'm reserving my energy.
     
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  6. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    The point being that their fight is a fight for all low paid workers.
     
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  7. friendofdorothy

    friendofdorothy it is so much worse than Thatcherism now

    Is that the point? That doesn't come across at all.

    The demos I've seen/read about so far seems very focused on just their employers. That is fine - they have a justifiable grievance against a profitable big company who have benefitted from a building that public money was spent on -so as I said I wish them well. I would urge every low paid employee of profitable companies to do the same.

    Besides like many other locals I didn't know when this was happening (I assumed they must be doing something by the blank board) Details weren't even posted on this thread. And besides I was at work earning a pittance.
     
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  8. SpamMisery

    SpamMisery I bet you think this tagline's about you?

    I can imagine the conversation: excuse me boss, can I have some unpaid time off to campaign about forcing capitalist pigdogs like yourself to pay staff more?
     
  9. friendofdorothy

    friendofdorothy it is so much worse than Thatcherism now

    don't you have anything useful to do?
     
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  10. SpamMisery

    SpamMisery I bet you think this tagline's about you?

    If I havent made the point with enough clarity for you, I apologise; but there is no need to get grumpy.
     
  11. friendofdorothy

    friendofdorothy it is so much worse than Thatcherism now

    There is every need to be grumpy? About low pay. About the govt rebranding the minimum wage 'a living wage'. About the severe curtailment of union rights. About growing inequality. About the selling of public property. About blaming the poor for everything. As if being menopausal and heading for brexit wasn't bad enough. Of course I'm fucking grumpy.

    What are you so cheerful about?
     
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  12. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    I posted it on Buzz twice and there's links to their wider arguments about the living wage in those articles. I haven't got time to post everything here, but Buzz is usually a good place to look.
     
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  13. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Hackney Picturehouse on strike on the 15th Oct


    :thumbs::thumbs::thumbs:
     
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  14. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    Ritzy on strike today. Looks like tomorrow as well as sign from Picturehouse saying cinema will be open on Monday.

    This evening. Raining.

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  15. brixtonblade

    brixtonblade Well-Known Member

    I felt sorry for them in the rain.

    Hope they get their wages increased soon.
     
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  16. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Damn I missed this - I would have come along and supported them earlier if I'd known.
     
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  17. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    I think they will be there on Sunday.
     
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  18. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    Ritzy strike today:

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  19. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    They said they will be holding strikes on regular basis.
     
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  20. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

  21. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

  22. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Photos from today's walkout.

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    The Severed Limb are playing in Windrush Square at 9pm - come along and support the workers!
     
  23. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    Missed this one.

    Really like the way they inject some humour into striking.
     
  24. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Great party there tonight. More pics in the morning.

    brixton-ritzy-halloween-party-06.jpg
     
  25. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

  26. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Decent piece in Vice, of all places.

    It's 'Living Wage Week' and Workers Are Still Fighting for an Incredibly Basic Level of Pay | VICE | United Kingdom

    Once again, I felt it hard not to be disappointed by the lack of support from Brixtonites.
     
  27. sparkybird

    sparkybird ask the bird...

    OK, so can you tell me please exactly what you want us to do to support this?
    I was working Monday night. I see from their Facebook page they have a fundraiser event at the windmill on 23 Nov, but other than that .....?

    Is there a call to action?
    Should cinema goers boycott Ritzy completely? Email/write/tweet cineworld?
    Do something social media-ey ( not that I have any social media)

    ????
     
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  28. brixtonblade

    brixtonblade Well-Known Member

    I think a boycott is reasonable
     
  29. Pickman's model

    Pickman's model Starry Wisdom

    other cinemas are, after all, available.
     
  30. Winot

    Winot I wholeheartedley agree with your viewpoint

    Is that what the workers want though? I seem to remember last time they didn't want one, but could be wrong.

    I'd be lead by what they want rather than randoms on the internet.
     
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