Cinema workers continue organising fight

Submitted by AWL on 22 October, 2013 - 10:53

Members of the BECTU union working at Curzon cinemas (mainly based in London) are continuing a campaign, involving leafleting, demonstrations, and an online petition, to win the London Living Wage and union recognition.

Activists have leafleted customers at the cinema, and BECTU has submitted a statutory recognition claim.

A union statement said:

"BECTU membership at the company far exceeds the 10 per cent minimum threshold required by the legislation to make an application for recognition valid; and the level of support for recognition amongst staff generally is well above 50 per cent as evidenced by a petition signed by 108 staff in the summer.

"BECTU wants to secure representation rights for the company's staff including those working at the Curzon Mayfair, Curzon Soho, Renoir Cinema, Curzon Chelsea, Curzon Richmond, HMV Curzon Wimbledon, Curzon Knutsford, and Curzon Stafford.

"The campaign for recognition for Curzon staff got underway earlier this year. Issues for staff include pay rates and the use of zero-hours contracts.

"Curzon staff are also very close to their customers and aim to use the influence on management which BECTU recognition will bring to restore concessionary ticket prices for the disabled, senior citizens, students and the unemployed."

The Curzon workers' online petition can be signed here.