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Ritzy strikers reject offer and hold out for London Living Wage

by Adam Cochrane
Issue No. 2418

Ritzy workers on strike in May

Ritzy workers on strike in May (Pic: Socialist Worker)

Workers in the Bectu union at the Ritzy Picturehouse cinema in Brixton, south London have rejected an improved pay offer from bosses.

Bosses offered a two-year deal starting with an immediate rise from £7.35 to £8 an hour, backdated to October last year. This would be followed by increases to £8.20 in September, £8.40 in January and finally to £8.80 an hour in September of next year. 

But by then the cost of living will have gone up and the London Living Wage—which has been the central demand of the dispute—will be higher than £8.80 an hour.

In a statement the strikers said, “Our members viewed the offer with considerable disappointment and felt that it fell too far short of the London Living Wage.”

It continues, “The London Living Wage is the absolute minimum a person needs to have a basic, decent standard of living in this city.

“In being unwilling to accept an unreasonable compromise that would keep them too far below this level for too long our members have acted entirely reasonably.”

The Ritzy strikers have fought bravely since 11 April striking on 13 different days.

Their decision to continue the fight shows a confidence gained over this dispute. Their statement confirmed, “We remain united and determined to stick together.” 

This determination and an escalation of their strikes can give them the victory they deserve—the full London Living Wage. 

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Wed 27 Aug 2014, 15:37 BST
Issue No. 2418
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