Equity supports Bectu in dispute with Curzon cinemas
11 November 2013
Curzon staff have been campaigning since the beginning of the year for a living wage, for the choice to be represented by a union and for a proper voice in the company.
The staff have lived through years of broken promises, zero-hour contracts and low pay – a familiar tale for cinema workers across the UK.
Equity’s sister union Bectu is fighting with the staff to change this and Equity’s General Secretary Christine Payne has offered the support of the union by writing to Philip Knatchbull chief executive of Curzon World to urge him to enter into meaningful talks with Bectu. Read the letter.
Ken Loach and Mike Leigh have also offered support:
Ken said: “It is a fundamental human right to be recognized by a trade union…. Filmmakers value cinemas like the Curzon. We all want to see it become more successful. But that success cannot be at the expense of those who work there.”
MIke added: "I use and love Curzon cinemas. I am shocked to discover such an obscene difference between the exemplary way they treat their public and their cynical exploitation of their staff."