Agreement may be in sight for Ritzy Picturehouse wage dispute


A heartwarming story from my stomping ground, the Ritzy being my nearest large cinema (except of the course, for the honourable exception of the glorious Peckham Plex).

The London Evening Standard is reporting tonight that the BECTU Union that represents the Ritzy Picturehouse staff, who have gone on strike several times over the last few months demanding a living wage, will be advised to accept a new offer from the company.

The paper reports that staff are being offered an immediate pay rise from £7.35 an hour to £8, rising in stages to £8.80 in September 2015.

Bectu union general secretary Gerry Morrissey said: "This is a very welcome move by the company, and although it's not completely what we wanted, we are two thirds of the way there."

John Woods, deputy chief conciliator at  Acas, said: "After constructive talks at Acas, Picturehouse have made an improved offer which the Bectu negotiating committee have agreed to put to ballot and recommend to its members for acceptance."

More details here.


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