BECTU CINEMA WORKERS RALLY
Thursday 17th July
1pm BFI South Bank to 4pm GLA Tower Bridge
Front of house staff across Odeon, Cineworld, Curzon and Everyman are joining the Ritzy cinema workers on a Cinema Workers Rally through the West End ending with speeches outside the GLA.
Cinema staff and their supporters across the entertainment industry are marching in support of the Living Wage for cinema workers nationally and calling for a boycott of Picturehouse cinemas.
Ritzy staff are currently taking strike action in their bid to secure the London Living Wage from the hugely profitable multi-national Cineworld. Curzon staff are currently in negotiation for the same. Both campaigns have taken on a growing significance both nationally and in the capital as austerity continues to impact harshly on low-paid workers.
Ritzy staff have:
· been taking strike action since April, enthusiastically backed by the local community
· had celebrities like Eric Cantona, James Nesbitt, Ken Loach, Clio Barnard, Mark Rylance, Irvine Welsh, Elizabeth Berrington and Will Self offering support
· had messages of solidarity from workers in other cinema chains, theatres and opera houses such as the Royal Opera House, ENO and the NT
· been visited by TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady, one of the commissioners on the Living Wage Commission’s report, published 24th June
· had their campaign raised at the Mayor’s Question Time at the London Assembly by the Labour Group on Wednesday 11 June, where once again Boris Johnson stated that companies able to pay the London Living Wage should do so
· had union members in the US, Canada, Nigeria, Japan and across Europe send messages of support.
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 rally will be calling for the Living Wage as a minimum for all cinema staff and a boycott of Picturehouse cinemas.
The rally will meet at 1pm outside the BFI South Bank to march through the West End.
All cinema workers and cinema goers welcome!
“It is hypocritical to sell fair trade coffee and then not pay a fair wage. Come on Picturehouse, don’t ask the people who work for you to subsidise your business!” Ken Loach
Please remind your friends and family to sign the online petitions: ritzylivingwage.org + www.chn.ge/GPjLVU
Donate to the Fighting Fund: ritzylivingwage.org/donate
Follow the campaigns:
facebook.com/RitzyLivingWage and Twitter: @RitzyLivingWage
facebook.com/CurzonWorkersParty and Twitter: @CurzonWorkers