Magazine article Screen International

Ritzy Staff Dismissed in Latest Picturehouse-Bectu Flare-Up

Magazine article Screen International

Ritzy Staff Dismissed in Latest Picturehouse-Bectu Flare-Up

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Union claims staff dismissed due to pay dispute; cinema cites cyber hacking.

Three staff from the Ritzy cinema in Brixton are understood to have been dismissed this week in the latest episode of a long-running feud between Cineworld-owned exhibitor Picturehouse and UK entertainment union Bectu.

Bectu issued a press announcement today stating that three employees - also Bectu union members - had been dismissed “as a result of an email they sent to union members reporting discussions at a union meeting”.

The union drew a link between their dismissals and the on-going pay dispute over the cinema’s refusal to pay the London Living Wage.

The dismissals have been confirmed to Screen.

However, Picturehouse has subsequently issued a statement acknowledging a “disciplinary process” against some staff but claim that the action is being taken as a result of recent cyber attacks on its website.

They said: “Picturehouse has recently been subject to cyber attacks on its website. A few weeks ago, an email was sent from a Bectu email address instructing employees to encourage further cyber attacks in support of strike action. …

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