Picturehouse strike has first anniversary

Submitted by cathy n on 21 September, 2017 - 1:12 Author: Gemma Short
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Workers at five Picturehouse cinemas in London have again voted to continue strikes for the London Living Wage, sick pay, maternity/paternity pay, and union recognition.

The workers at the Ritzy cinema in Brixton, Hackney Picturehouse, Crouch End Picturehouse, East Dulwich Picturehouse, and Picturehouse central in Soho are planning a program of strikes for the busy new releases season coming up.

Workers at the Ritzy cinema will strike on Saturday 23 September, on the first anniversary of their strike. Workers from the other cinemas will join them for a demonstration in Brixton.

The BFI London Film Festival, which had previously considered pulling out of Picturehouse venues, will be happening at Picturehouse Central and Hackney Picturehouse from the 4-16 October. A demonstration has been called for the opening night of the film festival on 4 October, 5.30pm in Leicester Square. A series of activities will be organised throughout the festival.

Three of the reps who were sacked from the Ritzy cinema are taking their cases to employment tribunal on the basis of trade union victimisation. The demand to reinstate the reps has been added to the demands of the strike.

Picturehouse, and their parent company Cineworld, are still refusing to negotiate with workers.