Magazine article Screen International

Rio Cinema Staff to Strike over Pay Dispute

Magazine article Screen International

Rio Cinema Staff to Strike over Pay Dispute

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A majority of staffat London's Rio cinema have agreed to strike action for one day on Wednesday May 25 over a pay dispute.

Thirteen of fourteen BECTU members working at the cinema voted in favour of strike action. The cinema has a staffof around 25.

Union BECTU claims that a proposed staffrestructure at the cinema, despite offering a higher hourly rate of pay, is set to cut hours and therefore reduce salaries in real terms.

It is also calling for the London Living Wage for all staffand for the Board to commit to a five year growth plan.

Rio executive director Oliver Meek told Screen that the cinema will close on the 25th:

"I'm the first to acknowledge that staffpay isn't where we'd like it to be. I have worked in cinemas for ten years. But a lot of work and money at the moment is just going into keeping the cinema going after financial difficulty. …

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