Discussion in 'Brixton' started by editor, Mar 12, 2014.
The eternal tussle - do we deal with the world as we find it or as we would like it to be.
On the Ritzy dispute. This has been long running. Previous dispute led to negotiations between BECTU and Cineworld/ Picture house. This led to stopping the action on promise of talks at later stage on Living Wage. Now they are refusing.
It's Cineworld/ Picture house that are finding it to "distasteful" to sit down and talk.
Living Staff Living Wage - BECTU
The idea that somehow all parties views and concerns must be considered and given equal gravitus is not dealing with the world as we find it.
These pay disputes get resolved with a mixture of all parties sitting down and negotiating plus strikes/ public pressure.
There isnt a level / equal playing field. As Thimble Queen pointed out. The world as it is has unequal power relations. To argue otherwise is seeing the world as we would like it to be.
The City AM had this helpful little tit-bit yesterday (10th May) in case people have digestion issues:
Tulse Hill Labour Party are proposing a motion against the Ritzy at their next branch meeting next week.
Ritzy motion - proposed by Chris Blake
This branch notes:
* That BECTU (part of Prospect) members at several Picturehouse cinemas, including the Ritzy, are in dispute. They are calling for the London Living Wage, sick pay and parental support leave.
* That four trade union reps at the Ritzy have been sacked by the employer.
* That the strike has received support from Helen Hayes MP, Chuka Umunna MP and Jeremy Corbyn MP as well as from Lambeth Council
* That BECTU have called for a boycott of both Picturehouse and Cineworld cinemas as part of the campaign.
* That the Ritzy sometimes use Windrush Square for events, this is land owned by Lambeth Council
This branch fully supports the Picturehouse workers and believes union busting firms like the Ritzy have no right to use the council owned Windrush Square.
This branch therefore:
* Instructs the secretary to write to Kelly Rogers of BECTU to communicate the view of the meeting
* Requests that Lambeth Council does not grant permission to the Ritzy to use Windrush Square for events until the dispute with BECTU is resolved.
* Requests that councillors give regular feedback to this branch on the progress in implementing this motion
Employment tribunal has found the union reps were unfairly dismissed by Picturehouse
Tribunal finds that Ritzy reps were unfairly dismissed - BECTU
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