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TUC backs Ritzy boycott

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Issue 2409
Placards on the picketline

Placards on the picketline

Cinema workers at the Ritzy Picturehouse in south London staged their seventh strike in two months over pay last Saturday.

The Bectu union members are demanding the £8.80 an hour London Living Wage.

Daisy has worked at the Ritzy for six months. 

“I really love film so this should be a great place to work,” she told Socialist Worker. 

“But it’s quite stressful. The tills don’t work and we’re understaffed.”

Bosses gave workers a measly pay rise of just 29p an hour a couple of weeks ago. Daisy said she “didn’t even notice it” in her pay packet.

TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady visited the picket line. She told Socialist Worker the Ritzy workers were “an inspiration”.

She said Picturehouse owners Cineworld “made 

£31 million profit last year—don’t tell me they can’t afford to pay their workers a decent wage”.

O’Grady said “absolutely we’re supporting” the boycott of Picturehouses. 

“It’s solidarity in a different way,” she said.

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