Artist and activist Tracey Moberly outside the Soho cinema with comedian Mark Thomas. Picture: @indyrikki – By Tim Lezard BECTU has signed a voluntary recognition deal with bosses at Curzon Cinemas, who have also agreed to pay all staff the Living Wage …

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Artist and activist Tracey Moberly outside the Soho cinema with comedian Mark Thomas. Picture: @indyrikki

– By Tim Lezard

BECTU has signed a voluntary recognition deal with bosses at Curzon Cinemas, who have also agreed to pay all staff the Living Wage.

The deal comes after a long-running campaign from the union which saw a film-maker boycott his own film at the cinema.

BECTU general secretary Gerry Morrissey said: “Everyone at BECTU is delighted that we were able to conclude our constructive discussions with Curzon Cinemas, and today sign a voluntary recognition agreement with the company. We look forward to working with the company to ensure that all employees are paid a Living Wage when possible.”

Curzon chief executive Philip Knatchbull said: “We welcome this opportunity for our colleagues to be represented by BECTU. This agreement is the culmination of several weeks of constructive dialogue with BECTU, during which we were able to identify a great deal of common ground.

“The management team at Curzon welcomes the knowledge and enthusiasm that all employees contribute to making our cinema experience special and we want to reward them as well as we can. We have a commitment to pay the Living Wage, in London and outside of the capital, as soon as we are able to do so without it tipping the company from its current break even position into loss making. We are working on plans to increase revenues to enable us to move to the Living Wage and we are looking forward to working with BECTU to achieve this.”


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