Ritzy staff reject pay deal and say strike action could resume

BRIXTON RITZY staff have knocked back the pay rise offer put forward by cinema bosses and vowed to continue with their long-running battle to get the London Living Wage.

Staff members of union BECTU have urged cinema owners Picturehouse to raise their offer to meet the living wage of £8.80 per hour or face further strike action.

The pay row looked set to be resolved after Picturehouse agreed to an immediate pay rise from £7.35 an hour to £8, rising in stages to the London Living Wage next year – until staff rejected the offer in a ballot on August 26.

A statement from BECTU members at the Ritzy said: “The London Living Wage is the absolute minimum a person needs to have a basic, decent standard of living in this city.

“In the weeks ahead we will need the backing of our incredible supporters, the local community and other trade unionists more than ever before.”