We’ve had an update on BECTU’s Living Wage campaign in Picturehouse Cinemas from the Going to Work website. It’s one step closer for Trade Union members at York’s City Screen.
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From: “BECTU campaigns via Going to Work” <email@example.com>
Date: Jan 8, 2015 4:13 PM
Subject: Picturehouse Cinemas living wages campaign – Living Wage coming to West Norwood
There’s been a significant development in BECTU’s campaign to win a living wage for all workers in the Picturehouse cinema chain.
A new branch of Picturehouse being opened later this year in West Norwood, south London, will pay its staff the London Living Wage. This isn’t a sudden change of heart from Picturehouse though. It’s the result of Lambeth Council responding to growing public concern and actually making the Living Wage a condition for granting the necessary planning permission.
This shows clearly though that it’s perfectly possible for Picturehouse to pay more to all its staff, not just those in West Norwood – they’ve made the business decision to pay more in the new cinema as they know full well that their profits will support it. And it makes their argument that other branches can’t afford the pay rise even more tenuous.
BECTU and our members across the chain are still working hard to push for living wages everywhere, and coupled with the growing pressure from Picturehouse’s own customers, this decision could be a significant moment in the campaign to rid the whole chain of poverty pay.
Can you help ramp up the pressure even more by sharing our ongoing petition with all your friends, family and coworkers?
Every name on the petition will be seen by Picturehouse as a potential customer who is concerned about their increasingly unsustainable position.
Thank you for all your support – It’s really making a difference,