Cinema workers continue fight

Submitted by AWL on 22 November, 2013 - 11:14

Cinema workers employed by the Curzon chain have promised to escalate their campaign if management backtrack from an agreement to voluntarily recognise their union, BECTU.

Curzon management have agreed in principle to recognise the union, but for reasons which a campaign statement says are "unclear", have stalled in signing it. The campaign has agreed a truce until 25 November, in which time it expects management to sign the agreement.

The statement said: "Despite going through a potential agreement with officials from the BECTU union last week, clause-by-clause and word-by-word, Curzon have not organized any future meetings to sign the agreement.

"Staff are not sure if Curzon are serious or whether they are just wasting time, but members have decided to act responsibly and suspend the campaign for a week until Monday 25th November. This gives Curzon time to sign the agreement without any more distractions from activities that may make them feel pressured or worried."

Workers have been campaigning for the London Living Wage and union recognition since spring 2013. Writing to support their campaign, filmmaker Mike Leigh said: "I use and love Curzon cinemas, and as a film-maker I have enjoyed their hospitality. So I am shocked to discover such an obscene difference between the exemplary way they treat their public and their cynical exploitation of their staff."

Sign the workers' online petition here, follow their Twitter page here, and like their Facebook page here.

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