Ritzy and Picturehouse cinema staff strike in row over London living wage

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London cinema workers are on strike this weekend in an ongoing row over pay.

Staff at five Picturehouse cinemas began their 37-hour walkout at 4pm on Friday and will return to work on Sunday, August 6 at 5am.

Members of media and entertainment union BECTU have organised the industrial action at five Picturehouse venues – Brixton’s Ritzy, Central, Crouch End, East Dulwich and Hackney.

These latest strikes bring the total number of strike days to nearly 60 since September last year.

Workers want to be paid the voluntary London wage of £9.75 an hour by owner Cineworld, higher than the Government’s £7.50 for workers over the age of 25.

Union members from the five cinemas are set to hold picket lines from 4pm to 8pm on Saturday.

The strike is also being backed by union members at the Duke of York’s in Brighton.

The walkout comes ahead of a tribunal hearing in London on Thursday, August 10 over dismissals of three BECTU representatives from the Ritzy cinema in June.

Fresh industrial action could follow this weekend’s strike, as the union announced ballots would be re-run at all five cinemas from August 9 until 29 to “renew the industrial action mandates”.

The Standard has contacted Picturehouse cinemas for comment.

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