Workers at five Picturehouse cinemas in London will strike for 13 days starting on 20 January.
The strike will include two 48 hour strikes on 20-21 and 26-27 January. Despite other strikes in the period being for partial days, the management one of the cinemas, the Ritzy in Brixton, has decided to shut the cinema completely for the whole 13 day period. Workers at the cinema have described this as a ″lock out″, and an attempt by management to ″starve them back to work″.
An emergency appeal for funds was launched and within a few days raised £13,000 of a £20,000 target thanks to a rallying of support from across the labour movement. Fundraising is still going on and supporters are urged to donate using the details below.
Community supporters of the strikes will be organising two weekends of action at Picturehouse and Cineworld cinemas around the country on 20-21 and 27-28 January. Supporters are urged to organise community pickets in their area.
• Bectu strike fund: Account number 33045388, Sort code 60-83-01. When donating send an email to email@example.com copying in firstname.lastname@example.org stating that the donation is for the Picturehouse strike fund and asking for confirmation of receipt.
• Donate online here