United Kingdom - Picturehouse threatens to sack striking workers - October 31, 2017

Picturehouse Cinemas threatened to sack striking workers ahead of a planned walk-out over pay at five London cinemas. Workers represented by trade union Bectu announced plans to disrupt the British Film Institute’s London film festival between 4 and 15 October, with nine days of strike action in a dispute over the living wage and other rights, including sick pay. However, as the dispute entered a second year, the cinema chain rejected the claim that the strike action is valid. The British Film Institute previously said it supported the Picturehouse workers’ call for payment of the living wage, which it paid its own employees.

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