Pay dispute triggers strike at Brixton’s Ritzy cinema on Friday 1 June

Johnny Depp fans south of the river Thames will be considering walking the plank at the news that staff at Brixton’s Ritzy cinema are jumping ship this Friday (1 June) – in a dispute over pay – to coincide with the release of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End.

Members of broadcasting union Bectu at the cinema are currently on the nowhere-near-a-king’s-ransom national minimum wage of £5.35 per hour. They voted unanimously to take action after rejecting City Screen’s offer of £5.41 per hour (or £5.50 without a sales bonus).

Local Bectu representative Jackie Brett-Holt said: “It is unacceptable for a company as large as City Screen to take advantage of its workers by enforcing a wage well below the recognised London poverty line.”

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