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6 December 2010

The union has started redundancy consultations with Cineworld as the company prepares for an all-digital circuit in 2012.

The first of several meetings took place last month with talks centred on the future role of the projectionist and the level of redundancy pay for staff affected by the reorganisation.

Management recognises that some knowledge of projection will be needed in future at each site, however, it believes it can safely reduce the need for technical skills in the proposed new managerial role set to replace that of the dedicated technician. 

Union representatives, led by national official Mick Corfield, believe that technical knowledge and skills will be necessary in the future operation although it is accepted that the number of people required to cover these duties will reduce.

As a result talks about the new role and staffing levels will also address redundancy terms. 

The negotiating committee will keep members informed as talks progress. For more information contact Mick Corfield

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