Discussion in 'Brixton' started by editor, Mar 12, 2014.
Just saw this, can't find out any more details at the moment.
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.
Boycott the Ritzy!
Brixton Ritzy cinema staff suspended before pay talks as strikes set for this weekend
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.
In Guardian today:
Picturehouse cinema staff suspended in lead-up to strikes
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."
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?
Photos from today's action:
In photos: Brixton Ritzy workers start their weekend strike after union officials suspended
Couple of mine. Pickets are limited for legal reasons.
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
Thanks for pointing this out. At least all options are being fully explored then.
Strikes me Cineworld is back in the 1970s as far as industrial relations are concerned.
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.
Looks like several of the reps have now been sacked.
There will be a demo on Friday (tomorrow) at 6pm in Windrush Square for the sacked reps.
Brixton Ritzy workers stage demo in support of sacked union reps: Fri 16th June, 6pm
Huge turn out today:
In Photos: Brixton Ritzy Living Wage dispute – big crowds turn out in support of sacked workers
Cheers - I've posted it on Buzz/Tweeted/FB'd and hope people here will sign to.
Brixton Ritzy workers launch petition to reinstate sacked union reps
Signed. Anyone know what excuse the company is giving for the sackings? Seems very dodgy from an employment law perspective.
Another strike on Saturday followed by an after party at the Prince Albert
Brixton Ritzy workers on strike again on July 1st as they fight to ‘Reinstate the Picturehouse 4’
Boycott the Ritzy!
Campaigners ask Brixtonites to boycott the Brixton Ritzy after workers sacked
This evening. Good turnout
Few more photos
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.
Sack the head of Cineworld poster.
After all the strikes and sackings it was great to put on a fun free night for the workers - and it was a bloody fantastic party!
In photos: Ritzy staff and Picturehouse workers party in Brixton
Kudos to the 414 for letting all the Ritzy staff in for free after.
They're claiming CYBER TURRISM!!11!!
Picturehouse investigates allegations of ‘cyber attacks’ by union members - Hackney Citizen
Interesting piece here:
5 reasons you should be following the Picturehouse strike
What a shocking gap between executive and workers pay!
After calling membership services and not getting no joy, I've just sent this email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Separate names with a comma.