BECTU reps to be reinstated at the Ritzy in rare tribunal win

5 December 2018

BECTU members to be reinstated to the Ritzy in January

Two BECTU reps unfairly sacked by Picturehouse-owned Ritzy must be returned to their former positions at the Brixton cinema, an employment tribunal hearing has ruled.

A judge ruled that all the individuals involved were capable of working in a professional and mature manner after hearing evidence from the reps about how they will be able to work at the Ritzy again.

The reps who have worked at the Ritzy for a number of years will have to be reinstated in January. They were represented by Thompsons solicitors.

The decision is a significant win for BECTU and follows on from a ruling earlier in the summer which found that the reps had been unfairly dismissed.

At that employment tribunal the judge found that there had been a “lack of neutrality at the investigation and disciplinary stages” and “an assumption of guilt on the part of the claimants.”

Head of BECTU Philippa Childs said: “This is an extremely rare ruling and once again highlights the unreasonable behaviour of Picturehouse towards BECTU’s representatives.

“These individuals have been leading BECTU activists and their reinstatement will bolster the campaign for Picturehouse staff to be paid the Living Wage. BECTU urges Picturehouse to look closely at these two ruling and start to engage with us and the Living Wage campaign and for the union to be fully recognised.”

Victoria Phillips, head of employment rights at Thompsons Solicitors who worked with BECTU on the case, said: “I am absolutely delighted for Marc, Natalie and BECTU. The case illustrates the importance of being a member of a trade union. It's taken since June 2017 but the courageous members and BECTU have secured a significant victory.”

Picturehouse staff have been campaigning to be paid the official Living Wage in London, fair pay rises for supervisors, managers, chefs, sound technicians and projectionists and company sick pay for all staff and company pay for maternity, paternity and adoption.

For more information about the campaign read here.

More information about how Thompsons Solicitors works with BECTU on behalf of members, visit the Thompsons website.