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16 February 2017

The Living Staff living Wage campaign reached new heights last weekend, with a total of four Picturehouse sites joining forces for the largest cinema workers strike in UK history.

There was a huge turnout of support from members and the public alike, as cinema workers from Ritzy Cinema, Hackney Picturehouse, Crouch End Picturehouse and Picturehouse Central braved the cold weather to fight for the London Living Wage, company sick pay, company maternity/paternity pay, fair pay rises for different roles, and union recognition.

Here's what happened...

The strike got underway at 2pm on Saturday 11 February, and continued until 6am on Sunday 12 February.

Cinema workers at Picturehouse Central made this excellent video:


Crouch End Picturehouse caught this footage:


High profile support 

To top off an amazing weekend, BECTU member and Bafta 2017 winner, Ken Loach, showed his solidarity with the campaign, by posing with Picturehouse workers...

... and sporting the Living Staff Living Wage badge on the BAFTA red carpet.


The Producer of I, Daniel Blake, Rebecca O'Brien, also lended her voice to the campaign, speaking out on behalf of Picturehouse cinema workers in her BAFTA speech:


The week also saw additional support from a number of high profile individuals, including journalist and broadcaster, Caitlin Moran, and Prevenge director, Alice Lowe.

Next steps

The next call to action will take place on Saturday 25 February, outside Picturehouse's newly acquired Empire Cinema, Leicester Square. Coinciding with the Oscars weekend, Picturehouse workers will meet at 12pm and take a tour of Picturehouse sites in the West End. Find out more, and get involved here.  

In the meantime, supporters can:

  • Donate to the PictureHouseStrike fund here
  • Sign the #PicturehouseStrike petition here
  • Read Sadiq Khan's letter of support here.  

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