Workers at the Ritzy cinema, part of the Picturehouse group, have voted for further strikes by an increased majority of 97%. They will be on strike again for the eighth time on Sunday 6th July.
BECTU members at The Ritzy Cinema in Brixton have voted overwhelmingly to continue with further strike action in a battle to win the London Living Wage. The ballot, which closed at 12 nooon today, delivered a decisive majority for strike action. Management have been advised that the next strike will start at 0600 on Sunday 6th July and finish at 3.00 a.m. on Monday 7th July.
Members are digging in for a long struggle to try and win a living wage. It was necessary to re-ballot over the issue of pay so that union members would continue to be protected from disciplinary action by the company when taking industrial action.
BECTU continues to be open to discussions with the management about pay but following the latest meeting (on 24th June) do not believe that the company are serious in their attempts to settle the dispute.
The long-running pay dispute with BECTU members at the Ritzy - which has seen seven strikes since April - is now attracting support from both the political and business communities building on the huge pledges from the local community and from figures in the arts world.
Campaigners are fighting to secure an agreement to pay the London Living Wage (£8.80 an hour) at the venue, the most profitable in the Picturehouse chain, which has been owned by multi-national Cineworld since December 2012.
The London Living Wage (currently £8.80 an hour), has been adopted by both public and private sector companies across the capital and is backed by London mayor Boris Johnson. The Living Wage, also set by the Living Wage Foundation, and applicable outside London is currently £7.65 an hour. The Ritzy campaign was raised at the Mayor’s Question Time at the London Assembly by London Assembly member, Fiona Twycross, urged the mayor Boris Johnson to intervene in the dispute. (Link to video of the exchange). Once again Boris Johnson stated that companies able to pay the London Living Wage should do so.