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Crouch End Picturehouse action for Living Wage attracts big local support
Haringey TUC the local North London wing of the TUC has said that action by cinema workers at the Crouch End Picturehouse on Saturday in support of a claim to be paid the Living Wage, attracted strong support both from local trade unionists and cinema-goers.
The action was organised by the entertainment union BECTU (part of the professional union Prospect) and hit a number of cinemas across the capital including the Ritzy in Brixton, Hackney and central London.
Support in Haringey came from Unite Community and the GMB amongst others as well as cinema-goers and members of the public.
The trade unionists say that while the stereotype of trade union action is around grumpy old men with obscure grievances, in reality the cost of living in a Borough like Haringey impacts all, young and old, female and male, and that was reflected on those who were taking action in Crouch End on Saturday.
Haringey TUC Secretary Keith Flett said, the owners of the Picturehouse chain, a much bigger entertainment group, can easily afford to pay their workers the Living Wage. It is an ideological battle on their part to keep cinema worker’s pay low so they can make big profits. That is not how many people in Haringey think the world should go on.
BECTU details of the Picturehouse strike
Short video of Saturday’s strike at Crouch End Picturehouse (@redsee)