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Strikes at London Picturehouse this weekend

Support continues to grow for workers at Picturehouse fighting for the Living Wage

18 January 2018

Union members at five Picturehouse sites in London will be on strike this weekend. The strikes, the first of the New Year, mark the continuation of the long running campaign for the Living Wage at the circuit.

Members will now be on strike at the Brixton Ritzy and at Picturehouses in Crouch End, Central London, East Dulwich and Hackney from 5.00am on Saturday 20 January to 5.00am on Monday 22 January. 

The previous notice to the company setting out extensive strike action from 20 January to 2 February has been amended to focus on strike action this coming weekend only.

Change of plan

The change of plan is the union's response to intimidatory letters to staff from cinema managers in which they set out an intention to force staff to turn up for work on strike days to work without pay. This situation could have arisen because strikes were scheduled to start during shifts, rather than at the start of a shift. 

Gerry Morrissey, head of BECTU, explains:

"BECTU has made it clear to Picturehouse that the union's members will be turning up for work on those days previously notified as strike days, but which have now been withdrawn, and that any failure to pay members for their work will result in legal action."

As the company continues to focus its attention on intimidating staff, rather than on devising a strategy to work with the union to resolve the dispute, the support from the community and fellow trade unionists has been phenomenal.

Show your support

The strike fund for Picturehouse workers has risen by over £10K in the past week. Show your support for this campaign in support of low paid workers. Please donate whatever you can

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