On International Women’s Day 2018, today, 8 March, the Picturehouse cinema workers are on strike again in their fight to win the Living Wage, company maternity pay and sick pay, union recognition and the reinstatement of their sacked reps. For more on why they are striking on IWD, see here.
Jeremy Corbyn has issued a call to support them – see below.
Please join the strikers tonight, Thursday 8 March, from 6pm at Picturehouse Central, Corner of Shaftesbury Avenue and Great Windmill Street, Piccadilly, London W1D 7DH. Facebook event here.
And please share Corbyn’s statement.
“I want to send my solidarity to BECTU members on strike at Picturehouse cinemas on 8th March.
“I fully support your campaign to be paid the real Living Wage and to tackle the injustices that you face in your workplace. We desperately need an economy that works for the many, not the few. For too many people, work is insecure and low-paid. On International Women’s Day, it is right that we recognise that women are disproportionately affected by poverty pay and strengthen our resolve to tackle it.
“The next Labour Government will give all workers equal rights from day one of their employment, whether part-time, full-time, temporary or permanent so that all workers will be protected by decent sick pay, maternity and paternity pay.
“All workers should have the security of a union in their workplace so Labour will make it easier for unions to gain access to workplaces and to gain recognition. Union reps should not be dismissed for standing up for their member’ rights and I call on Picturehouse to reinstate the four sacked BECTU reps with immediate effect and to sit down with the union to discuss ways to resolve this long-standing dispute.”
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