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

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

  1. BoxRoom

    BoxRoom Flip.

    Just saw this, can't find out any more details at the moment.

  2. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    That's going to up the ante big time.

    On a related note, it was sad to see the Brixton Blog running a large advertorial for the Ritzy recently, gushing about all the upcoming releases. The workers need all the solidarity they can get.
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  3. editor

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  4. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    Back on 21st April I suggested here that demonstrators could picket the AGM. To me this would make a lot more sense than picketing customers.

    In addition I pointed out that in London we used to have shareholder political activism - people buy a share and go to the AGM and ask questions.

    Neither of these things happened - it would have been reported in the Standard or the FT or City AM at the very least if they had.

    Meanwhile look at the company's annual report and the report for investors published soon afterwards and you will see this is a brash self-confident company which couldn't give a toss about workers.

    Both of these reports are downloaded "as-is" from the Cineworld website by the way.

    Attached Files:

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  5. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

  6. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member


    Living wage strikes at Picturehouse this weekend - BECTU

    BECTU members at four Picturehouse venues in the capital will be on strike this weekend (3-4 June) as they continue to press their employer to pay the Living Wage.

    The Brixton Ritzy, Hackney Picturehouse, Crouch End Picturehouse and Picturehouse Central (Shaftesbury Avenue) will all be impacted by the action, which gets underway from 4pm on Saturday 3 June and from 2pm on Sunday 4 June.

    The action coincides with London's Sundance Film Festival (1-4 June) which is being hosted at the Picturehouse Central.

    In a new development, BECTU is also supporting six BECTU representatives who have been suspended from duty. Commenting on the suspensions, Gerry Morrissey, head of BECTU condemned the move as “an attempt by Picturehouse to intimidate our members in this long running dispute."
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  7. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

    I think it's fair to say Mr Bloom - chair of the Borad at Cineworld - is not Labour supporter (lest they raise the minimum wage to £15 he says).
    Wonder how much bonus he got this year?
  8. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

  9. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    20170603_172551.jpg Couple of mine. Pickets are limited for legal reasons. 20170603_172612.jpg
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  10. Bigglesworth

    Bigglesworth New Member

    They did! They did it last time round during the strikes 3 or 4 years ago too.

    Cineworld bosses to meet union over living wage dispute

    Cineworld bosses to meet union over living wage dispute | Richard Hartley
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  11. CH1

    CH1 "Red Guard"(NLYL)

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  12. mango5

    mango5 Endeavour era

    I agree. I also see plenty of promotions of 'community events' based at other Picturehouse venues. Very annoying. Some folk don't appear to understand how this gives picture house some social credibility and business in the cafe even as protests go on outside.
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  13. heinous seamus

    heinous seamus til clay-cauld death shall blind my ee

    Looks like several of the reps have now been sacked.
  14. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    There will be a demo on Friday (tomorrow) at 6pm in Windrush Square for the sacked reps.
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  17. felixgolightly

    felixgolightly Well-Known Member

  18. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

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  19. Winot

    Winot I wholeheartedley agree with your viewpoint

    Signed. Anyone know what excuse the company is giving for the sackings? Seems very dodgy from an employment law perspective.
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  20. editor

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  22. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    20170701_173023.jpg This evening. Good turnout
  23. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    Few more photos 20170701_172939.jpg 20170701_172922.jpg 20170701_173215.jpg
  24. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Some pics from today - don't forget the after party at the Prince Albert!

    Shame those fucking racist homophobic 'Seven Tribes Of Israel' bellends were also in the square making a shitty racket.


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  25. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    Sack the head of Cineworld poster. 20170701_174021.jpg
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  28. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Interesting piece here:

    5 reasons you should be following the Picturehouse strike
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  29. shakespearegirl

    shakespearegirl just worked out taglines

    What a shocking gap between executive and workers pay!
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  30. sparkybird

    sparkybird ask the bird...

    After calling membership services and not getting no joy, I've just sent this email to

    FAO The General Manager

    I have been a member of the Ritzy Cinema in Brixton for over 20 years. I have been upset and disappointed at the recent treatment of your workers not being paid the London Living Wage and then the sacking of staff. I have not been to a Picture House cinema for about 6 months and intend to boycott until the workers ask me not to.

    In the meantime I will be going to Curzon cinemas who do pay the London Living Wage.

    I paid for my annual membership in November 2016 and have obviously not made much use of it. I contacted your membership helpline to see if I could receive a refund or if indeed my membership could be frozen, but I was told that this was not possible, and no refunds are given.

    I am asking you to reconsider this as I'm somewhat irked that you have taken my money so me boycotting has little effect. I would be grateful if you could think about this and the impact it is having on your reputation with long standing supporters

    I look forward to hearing from you

    with regards
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