Crouch End Picturehouse strike for Living Wage finds wide community & union backing

In Uncategorized on July 7, 2017 by kmflett

Haringey Trades Council
Media Release
8th July
Contact: Keith Flett Secretary 07803 167266

Crouch End Picturehouse strike for Living Wage finds wide community & union backing

Head of BECTU Gerry Morrissey addresses the Crouch End Picturehouse rally

Haringey Trades Council, the local section of the TUC in North London has said that there was an excellent turn-out of solidarity support for the strike at the Crouch End Picturehouse in Tottenham Lane N8 on Friday July 7th from 5pm.

There was both a picket at the cinema and a nearby support rally.

The action, the latest in a long running dispute was in pursuit of the London Living Wage and union recognition. Both have been resisted by Picturehouse behind which sits the giant leisure company Cineworld.

In addition a focus on Friday was on the victimisation and sacking of union reps at another cinema, the Ritzy in Brixton.

The rally support saw support from a number of unions including the CWU and GMB as well as both local Haringey Labour Parties.
There was also strong community support with passers-by stopping to show support and cinema goers demanding refunds when they realised there was a strike.

Haringey TUC Secretary Keith Flett said, this remains a totemic dispute for Haringey, although of course it goes much wider across the Picturehouse cinema chain. The great thing about Friday was the positive support from both the community and trade unionists. If there is one thing that brings local people together it is solidarity against bad employers.




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