Emergency motion to the Lambeth UNISON AGM – Picturehouse strikes

Support the Picturehouse Strikes!

Picturehouse workers are going to take strike action for over two weeks at the end of January. This is part of their campaign for the Living Wage, and also to get four colleagues re-instated who were sacked by Picturehouse for campaigning for the Living Wage. All four were trade union reps. Cineworld, who owns Picturehouse, made over £90 million profit last year, pays their Chief Executive £2.5 million a year and their directors over £1 million a year. Yet they continue to pay their workers poverty wages, and employ them with bad terms and conditions.

Picturehouse has responded to the strike by saying they will lock workers out of the Ritzy, even on days where there aren’t any strikes, to try and break the strike by denying them any wages at all. Previously they wrote to all the workers to say they would sack any workers taking strike action.

Lambeth UNISON has been a key organisation in supporting the Community Pickets outside the Ritzy cinema over the past nine months. This motion asks the AGM to support the workers in their two week strike and the strike fund that needs to raise £20,000 so workers on poverty wages can continue their strike.

The AGM resolves to:

  • Contribute £750 to the strike fund.
  • Continue Lambeth UNISON’s support of the Community Pickets.
  • Support demonstrations and pickets by the Picturehouse workers during the two week strike.
  • Support direct action taken by the community campaign to assist the striking workers.

 

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Ritzy: Solidarity Rally With Chris Williamson MP & Helen Hayes MP 11 September

Rally 11 September from 18:00–19:30
Ritzy Cinema

Following the sacking of four union reps at the Ritzy and the suspension of another at Hackney Picturehouse, activists from across the Labour movement have been taking action to support the Picturehouse workers and their Living Wage campaign.

Please join us for a rally at the Ritzy on Monday 11th September with two of the Ritzy campaigns biggest parliamentary supporters: Helen Hayes, MP for Dulwich & West Norwood constituency (which contains the Ritzy), who has persistently raised the campaign in Parliament and Chris Williamson, MP for Derby North, a shadow minister and firm supporter of trade union rights.

More speakers TBC.

Rally 11 September from 18:00–19:30
Ritzy Cinema