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Ritzy Living Wage campaigners win TUC Youth Award

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5 March 2015

The successful dispute by BECTU members over the Living Wage at the Ritzy Cinema Brixton has won the 2015 TUC Youth Campaign Award

The award, which celebrates innovative and effective campaigning by young trade unionists in the UK, recognises the ongoing hard work of the membership in supporting BECTU’s campaign at the Ritzy to achieve higher wages for staff.

The Ritzy campaign

Pay talks between BECTU and Ritzy management began in August 2013, and eventually led to high-profile and sustained campaign action that made front page news, and included 13 strikes across five months.

The dispute was finally settled late last year when a 26% pay raise over three years was agreed. The campaign for a Living Wage continues at the Ritzy and beyond. The current Living Wage rate for London is £9.15 an hour.

TUC award

BECTU official Willy Donaghy said “All BECTU members and staff are proud that the Ritzy campaign has been acknowledged by the TUC. The vibrant strikes and demonstrations that the membership held during the dispute continue to be an inspiration to young workers throughout the UK.”

BECTU representatives will collect the award on 21 March at the TUC Young Workers Conference at Congress House in London.

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