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Why you should support #PicturehouseStrike

In 2007, we began a campaign for the Living Wage at the Ritzy cinema, with the aim of raising ourselves off of the minimum wage.

Seven years later, in 2014, we returned with 13 high-profile strikes through our union, BECTU, resulting in a 26% pay rise and an agreement with Picturehouse Cinemas (owned by Cineworld) to re-negotiate towards the London Living Wage in June 2016. The company back-tracked on this agreement and have refused to negotiate in any way, disappointing employees, customers and the local communities.

Meanwhile, at Hackney Picturehouse, Picturehouse Central, Crouch End Picturehouse, Brighton Duke of York's and East Dulwich Picturehouse, the company has repeatedly refused to acknowledge our chosen union, BECTU - now a sector of Prospect. Instead, Cineworld/Picturehouse recognise the Staff Forum, a union set up and funded by Picturehouse themselves. Workers at these sites have been denied a platform of any kind upon which to discuss the London Living Wage.

All six sites have balloted and voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action.

So, the campaign is stronger than ever and growing, uniting the forces of all five sites in the drive for:

  • A London Living Wage

  • BECTU union recognition (Hackney, Central, Crouch End)

  • Company sick pay for all staff

  • Company maternity/paternity/adoption pay

  • Fair pay rises for supervisors, managers, chefs, sound technicians and projectionists

  • Resolving in-house issues plaguing staff and customers alike

“Picturehouse workers are heroic. Picturehouse is owned by Cineworld which is a big multinational corporation. They make fortunes. The idea that they pay starvation wages because they can get people who are desperate for work is absolutely shocking. Victory to Picturehouse workers, no doubt." - Ken Loach.

Cineworld made £83.8 million profit in 2015 yet they claim that they cannot afford to meet the reasonable requests of the staff.

Picturehouse pitch themselves as an ethical business. They host independent films and sell Fairtrade goods. Now they must complete the package and treat their staff fairly. A Living Wage is a human right. We can't live on free popcorn and Coca Cola.

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12 Oct 2016

Updates from #PicturehouseStrike

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