Socialist Worker

Ritzy in job losses U-turn

Issue No. 2428

Bosses at Picturehouse cinemas announced last week “there will be no redundancies at this time” at the Ritzy. The U-turn came less than a week after it said it planned to sack 34 workers at the south London cinema.

However, the workers’ union Bectu has said it will continue balloting for strikes “until we get guarantees about our members’ long-term job security”. 

The ballot begins on Wednesday of this week and runs until next Thursday.

Ritzy workers struck 13 times this year demanding the London Living Wage of £8.80 an hour.

They forced bosses from a measly pay rise of just 27p an hour to an improved offer that equated to a 26 percent pay rise but fell short of their full demand.

A year after winning union recognition for their Bectu union, workers at Curzon Cinemas have won the Living Wage.

They will now get £8.80 an hour in London and £7.65 an hour outside London, from January next year.

Click here to subscribe to our daily morning email newsletter 'Breakfast in red'

Article information

Tue 4 Nov 2014, 17:44 GMT
Issue No. 2428
Share this article


Mobile users! Don't forget to add Socialist Worker to your home screen.