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Picturehouse boycott begins as Ritzy workers strike for eighth time

by Raymie Kiernan
Issue No. 2411

Ritzy workers want a living wage

Ritzy workers want a living wage (Pic: Socialist Worker)


Bectu union members at the Ritzy Picturehouse cinema in south London struck for the eighth time on Sunday of last week to demand the London Living Wage.

It followed a huge 97 percent vote to continue the campaign in a recent strike ballot.

Bosses have imposed a pay rise of 29p an hour, which would still leave them below the £8.80 an hour workers are demanding.

The strike coincided with the beginning of an official boycott of Picturehouse, called by Bectu and backed by the TUC.

Support is growing among trade unionists for the Ritzy workers. The Hammersmith & City branch of the RMT tube workers’ union voted last week to donate money to their campaign.

Supporters also targeted Picturehouse cinemas around Britain in solidarity with the strike, leafleting customers to boycott the chain until they pay staff  living wage.

Send solidarity messages to ritzylivingwage@gmail.com
Send donations to ‘Ritzy Strike Fund’, Bectu, 373-377 Clapham Rd, London SW9 9BT

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