the media and entertainment union
a sector of Prospect

Living Staff Living Wage

The fight continues for staff at Picturehouse cinemas, who are demanding the living wage. 

The Living Staff Living Wage campaign began in 2014 where the Ritzy won a 26% pay rise and an agreement to re-negotiate towards the Living Wage in June 2016. The company back-tracked on this agreement and refuse to negotiate at all.

Campaign requests

Picturehouse staff are requesting:

  • The official Living Wage in London, set by the Living Wage Foundation, of £9.75 an hour, with the outer London rate set at £8.45 an hour
  • Recognition of the BECTU sector of Prospect at Picturehouse locations in Brighton (Duke of Yorks), Central London, Crouch End, East Dulwich and Hackney
  • Fair pay rises for supervisors, managers, chefs, sound technicians and projectionists 
  • Company sick pay for all staff
  • Company maternity/paternity/adoption pay
In 2016 Cineworld (Picturehouse's parent company) posted profits of £93.8m, an 18.3% increase on the previous year, whilst CEO Mooky Greidinger earned over $2 million. Yet they claim that they cannot afford to meet workers needs, refusing to take part in official negotiations. 

Ethical business, ethical treatment

Picturehouse pitch themselves as an ethical business. They host independent films and sell fair trade goods. All we ask is that they complete the package, act responsibilty and treat Picturehouse workers fairly.


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