Magazine article Screen International

Ian McKellen, Susan Sarandon among Actors to Back Living Wage Campaign

Magazine article Screen International

Ian McKellen, Susan Sarandon among Actors to Back Living Wage Campaign

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Ian McKellen, Susan Sarandon and Mark Rylance are among actors to have lent their names to a campaign calling for Picturehouse and Cineworld cinemas to pay their staffthe London Living Wage.

According to UK entertainment union Bectu, a host of actors and directors have signed a letter which will be delivered to Cineworld CEO Mooky Greidinger.

As previously reported by Screen, the letter calls for Cineworld to pay staffat its venues - which include the Picturehouse cinema chain - the London Living Wage of £9.75 per hour. The letter proposes boycotting the cinemas if staffis not paid the Wage.

Lowest paid staffat Picturehouse's Brixton location the Ritzy currently earn £9.10 per hour, while some staffat other Picturehouse locations in London earn £9.05 per hour. Outside of London, the rate is £8.18.

Signatores are said to also include Elizabeth Berrington, Jo Brand, Mark Cousins, Richard Curtis, Natalie Dormer, Lindsay Duncan, Jeremy Deller, Nick Frost, Ken Loach, Caitlin Moran, Michael Palin, Tony Robinson, Mark Thomas, Ricky Tomlinson, Indira Varma, and Irvine Welsh. …

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