workers rights

18 petitions

Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to Philip Knatchbull, Alex Sheldon, Emma Murphy

Curzon Cinemas: Pay REAL Living Wage! Pay paid breaks!

As many of you know, because you were part of this petition like me all those years ago, Curzon workers campaigned for collective recognition in 2013 and are now recognised through BECTU, the union for all cinema workers. Curzon workers then campaigned in 2014 for the Living Wage and reached an agreement with Curzon that it would be paid as a minimum from 1st January 2015. Curzon became the first commercial cinema chain in the UK to pay the living wage. A big massive thank you to every single one of you who supported them in both campaigns! We were all proud of Curzon for leading the way. But ever since the workers gained the Living Wage, we hear that Curzon management have been chipping away at the commitment, devising ways to claw back some of the money from the workers. It was an uneasy peace but, three years on, the company seemed to be finally settling down into mutual respect and goodwill. Then, in March 2017, the new Commercial Director, Alex Sheldon cut paid breaks from the majority front of house staff. The agreement Curzon and BECTU reached in October 2014 was that all workers employed prior to October 2014 would retain their paid breaks and all new starters after October 2014 would have unpaid breaks. Union members were not happy but it seemed an acceptable first step. As it turns out, the agreement was not communicated to new employees and many continued to receive paid breaks until the sudden cut in March this year. No notice was given and most of them found they had lost £70 - 150 a month. That's more than a £1000 a year. Curzon Head Office has gone through a massive overhaul. CEO Philip Knatchbull has hired new executives from other cinemas who the staff do not believe understand how Curzon cinemas work – they are not places of high class entertainment solely for the wealthy, they were intended as art house independent cinemas accessible to all groups and ages. With the opening of the new cinema in Aldgate earlier this year and another one in Oxford in October, staff are suffering severely from the lack of honest communication and support on a day to day basis. Managers and staff are being pressured to reach unrealistic 'daily predictions' sales targets selling over-priced drinks and hotdogs when the cinemas are short staffed. If the 'predictions' are not met, staff budgets are cut which results in further cuts in staff hours. On day to day operational matters, 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. There are now too many bosses and not enough workers. The Curzon brand is becoming unrecognisable, to us, the customers, as we watch employees working like machines while Philip Knatchbull boasts his profits and his ideas of selling Curzon brand to the bigger cats like Amazon.  Right from the start, Mike Leigh and Ken Loach offered their support and what they said then still applies now: Mike Leigh: “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 to their workers" 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". This petition calls on the following to pay paid breaks to all Curzon's front of house staff immediately because what we all wanted for the staff at Curzon when we signed this petition was the real Living Wage, not Living Wage Lite: Philip Knatchbull (CEO) - Alex Sheldon (Operations Director) - Emma Murphy (Head of Human Resources) - I hope after reading this you'll share with your friends and family, and continue to spread the news via Twitter and FB. The Curzon staff want to say thank you so much for your support so far - it’s already made a huge difference in helping them win union recognition and gaining the Living Wage but we now need to help them to gain their paid breaks ASAP. PS: Curzon Workers are supporting The Picturehouse cinema workers in the UK over their fight for the London Living Wage with the Picturehouse/Cineworld chain. Please show them love and solidarity by signing this petition. Many thanks!

Curzon Campaign
7,407 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Amber Rudd, Baroness Williams of Trafford

Hold employers like the Presidents Club to account

This morning, news broke that a men-only charity dinner, attended by politicians, businessmen and celebrities was at the centre of a sexual harassment expose. Female ‘hostesses’ report to have been propositioned, groped, and sexually harassed by attendees of the Presidents Club charity dinner which was held at the Dorchester Hotel last week. The guest list included multiple high-profile figures from politics, business, and the entertainment industry, including well-known billionaires and celebrities. During the six-hour charity event, hostesses were ordered to wear skimpy black outfits with matching underwear and heels. Undercover reporters witnessed hostesses being subjected to groping, lewd and sexual comments, as well as propositions to join guests in their bedrooms. Hostesses reported guests putting their hands up skirts, and one woman even reported a guest exposing himself to her. I was shocked to find out that the Presidents Club who hosted this event have no legal responsibility over what happened to these women. The Fawcett Society released a report this week saying that until 2010, section 40 of the Equality Act protected employees from sexual harassment from third parties (like the men at this dinner) in the workplace. But in 2013, this was repealed - so employees are not protected from sexual harassment at work if they are harassed by a customer, client or contractor. It means that organisations like the Presidents Club can turn a blind eye to blatant sexual abuse because they aren’t culpable. It’s time we change this! Like these women, I too have faced unwanted remarks and sexual advances in the workplace. Like so many other women, I did not report the incident to my employer because I feared that it would not lead to any consequences, and would only damage my position at work. The #MeToo and #TimesUp movement shows that those who commit sexual harassment can be held accountable by the people who work for or with them. But we need to improve the steps that are put in place to make sure perpetrators are held accountable not just by their workplace and society, but by law. It’s time that Amber Rudd - Minister for Women and Equalities, Baroness Williams - Minister for Equalities, and the government started protecting women from sexual harassment from customers and clients, by re-introducing section 40 of the Equality Act and making sure that employees are protected.

Sophie Yates Lu
109,777 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Harrogate District NHS Foundation Trust, Robert Harrison

Stop NHS Privatisation Plans at Harrogate District Hospital

Harrogate District NHS Foundation Trust are pressing ahead with plans to set up a private company called "Harrogate Healthcare Facilities Management Ltd" to "manage its estates and facilities". This will see over 300 NHS staff members employment transferred across to a private company including porters, caterers, cleaners, maintenance staff and more. This would create a two tier workforce which would allow for attacks on staff’s contracts terms and conditions. The GMB and other trade unions have described the move as ”privatisation” and a “tax dodge” and have also claimed the companies could be sold on, losing the staff their NHS pensions, terms and conditions in the process. Staff are extremely angry by the proposal, with over 200 union members at Harrogate District NHS Foundation Trust voting overwhelmingly against plans. North Yorkshire Area Organiser for UNISON said: "89 percent of our members turned out to vote and from that 97 per cent voted in favour of industrial action up to and including strike action.". Unison have expressed concerns over the impact on other government-funded services after suggesting that the Trust will make large savings by using the company to avoid paying VAT. A Labour Party Shadow health spokesman, John Grogan MP, has also described this process as a "VAT scam", saying: "This is concerning because it will cost the Government in terms of VAT, at a time when the Chancellor is trying to find money in the budget for NHS pay". Staff chose to work for the NHS and they have voted strongly against having that right taken away from them. We are calling on Harrogate District NHS Foundation Trust to halt its plans and look to care for its employees as part of the National Health Service instead of a private company.

Harrogate & Knaresborough Labour Party
2,738 supporters