Despite the freezing conditions the Ritzy workers were picketing the Brixton cinema earlier this afternoon. This group of workers have been, since 2007, fighting for a living wage. In 2014 the company agreed to come back to the table by June 2016 to re-negotiate the London Living Wage. They reneged on the agreement.
Ritzy workers are calling for:
· A London Living Wage (£9.75 ph)
· Company sick pay scheme for all staff
· Company maternity/paternity/adoption pay
· Fair pay rises for supervisors, managers, chefs, sound technicians and projectionists.
The Ritzy cinema is part of the Picturehouse group owned by the multinational Cineworld is refusing pay the London Living Wage of £9.75 per hour. Cineworld made £83.8 million profit in 2015.
While the occurrence of companies voraciously profiteering at the expense of poorly waged staff is all too depressingly commonplace, it is heartening to see young people standing up for themselves.