Ticket prices at Curzon Cinemas have soared by a third to £15 for a standard seat, while wages for the non-managerial staff have barely gone up by 20 pence. The wage was just £6.62 an hour, until staff began campaigning for union recognition in 2013, whereupon it inched up to a princely £7 an hour. That’s not enough to get a day’s travelcard, and makes living in Central London virtually impossible.
The running of the cinema chain has gone through a massive overhaul at Curzon Head Office. CEO Philip Knatchbull has hired new executives from other cinemas who do not understand how our cinemas work, and has made plans to turn Curzon into places of high class entertainment solely for the wealthy and no longer an art house independent cinema chain accessible to all groups and ages. The good news is that concession ticket prices are back at Curzon, thanks to this campaign, but the bad news is they’re only available at restricted off-peak hours, unlike at other cinemas.
Staff have suffered severely from these changes and the resulting lack of honest communication and support on a day to day basis. Managers and staff are being pressured to reach unrealistic weekly sales targets selling over-priced drinks and confectionary when the cinemas are short staffed. There is no support from the Curzon Head Office management anymore and the cinema staff are told what to do without any involvement or explanation. Any suggestions or feedback from the managers and the staff are acknowledged but ignored. We feel there are now too many bosses and not enough workers - the people who actually do things at the cinemas for our customers. Curzon is turning into a strict regime expecting their employees to work like machines without intelligence for less than the living wage, while Philip Knatchbull boasts about his £8 million pound cinema expansionsThis petition calls on Philip Knatchbull to engage in meaningful dialogue with his cinema staff and to work towards a positive working environment for all - including bringing in the long overdue London Living Wage and making concession tickets prices available at all times.
Mike Leigh has sent his support: “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 stAs has Ken Loach: “'I wholeheartedly support the Curzon workers in their demands….Filmmakers value cinemas like the Curzon. We all want to see it become more successful. But that success cannot be at the expense of those who work there'.
I hope after reading this you'll share with your friends and family, and continue to spread the news. The Curzon staff want to say thank you so much for your support - it’s already made a huge difference in helping us win union recognition in January but we now need to use this recognition to win a decent living wage!
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PS: Curzon Workers are supporting The Ritzy cinema workers in Brixton over their similar fight for the London Living Wage with the Picturehouse/Cineworld chain. Please show them love and solidarity and get the latest updates from them on Facebook and Twitter.