Ritzy workers’ creative placards, featuring film references by Tim Lezard BECTU has welcomed the U-turn by Ritzy cinema bosses to pay staff a Living Wage, but has warned it will still ballot members for strike action until all redundancies have been wi …

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Ritzy workers' creative placards, featuring film references

Ritzy workers’ creative placards, featuring film references

by Tim Lezard

BECTU has welcomed the U-turn by Ritzy cinema bosses to pay staff a Living Wage, but has warned it will still ballot members for strike action until all redundancies have been withdrawn.

The Brixton cinema is part of the Picturehouse chain, which is itself owned by Cineworld. After a long campaign by BECTU, Ritzy bosses six weeks ago agreed to pay staff the Living Wage.

This week, in what was seen as a spiteful move, bosses said they would have to sack 20 staff to cover the rising wage bill.

After a national outcry, Cineworld bosses stepped in to overrule the Ritzy, saying there would be no redundancies for the moment.

BECTU official Willy Donaghy welcomed the news but said plans for the strike ballot would continue until redundancies were withdrawn for good.


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