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Ritzy cinema workers accept improved pay deal

Issue No. 2421

Workers at the Ritzy Picturehouse cinema have voted to accept an improved offer from bosses. 

The Bectu union members rejected a previous deal by one vote. Thirteen strikes forced bosses to move from a measly pay rise of just 27p an hour to an improved offer. 

Yet the new deal does not meet the workers’ full demand, which was the immediate payment of the London Living Wage.

The two-year deal gives an immediate rise from £7.35 to £8 an hour, backdated to October last year, followed by increases to £8.20 in September and £8.40 in January next year. 

The final rise to £8.80 an hour is proposed for September next year. Projectionists will get a 2.5 percent increase from this month, a 5 percent rise backdated to last October. 

More strikes could have won the £8.80 an hour now rather than this time next year when the rate will have increased twice.

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