Workers at the Ritzy Cinema in Brixton walked out this afternoon as part of their ongoing dispute with bosses over their right to be paid the London Living Wage.
Their fifth action in as many weeks saw the cinema being completely closed down again and was timed to coincide with the Living Wage Week and the announcement of the new Living Wage rate.
Brixton Buzz went along to support the workers and document the scenes.
Please note that local punky/skiffle band The Severed Limb will be coming along to play a set from 9pm tonight. We’ll see you there!
Discuss the Ritzy strike on the urban75 bulletin boards
More info and background research:
Why Picturehouse Cinemas should pay the Brixton Ritzy staff a living wage
Find out which employers are paying the London Living Wage http://www.livingwage.org.uk/employers
Living Wage for Ritzy Staff – Facebook page
The Living Wage Foundation
Living Wage and women in-work poverty
KPMG – a Living Wage Employer (case study)
Living Wage Research for KPMG (PDF study)
About Living Wage Week:
Living Wage Week takes place each year during the first week of November.
This year Living Wage Week runs from Sunday 30th October to Saturday 5th November.
The new independently-calculated UK and London Living Wage rates are announced every year on the Monday. The UK rate is announced simultaneously in cities around the country whilst the London rate is announced by the Mayor of London.
The week is a UK-wide celebration of the Living Wage movement.
It is a great opportunity to raise awareness of the need for a real Living Wage that meets the cost of living and celebrate responsible employers that commit to ensuring their staff earn a wage they can live on.
The week sees employers all across the country celebrating their role in the movement publicly.
The Foundation holds events, organises media activities and shares new research about the impact of low pay.
Information about the announcement and calculation of the real Living Wage rates can be found here.
In 2015 the Living Wage rates were announced in eight different cities across the country.