THREE Ritzy cinema staff who organised numerous strikes in their fight for the London living wage have been sacked by Picturehouse.
Broadcast and entertainment union Bectu, which represents workers at the cinema in Brixton, south London, believes the sackings are linked to the workers’ trade union activities.
A fourth worker has also received a final written warning from Picturehouse, the union said.
The reps were dismissed as a result of an email sent to members reporting discussions at a union meeting, Bectu claimed.
Bectu, which recently merged with the Prospect union, has waged a lengthy campaign to win the London living wage for staff at the Ritzy.
More than 50 strikes have been held at Picturehouses since last September and Bectu warned that the sackings were likely to escalate the dispute further.
The union vowed to challenge the dismissals at an employment tribunal.
Bectu head Gerry Morrissey said: “We believe that our reps at the Ritzy have been dismissed due to their trade union membership and activities and we will challenge these decisions in the strongest terms.
“Our reps across Picturehouse have been fighting for fair pay and for dignity at work.
“Our first step in supporting our reps will be to launch employment tribunal claims and to seek interim relief for these trade union dismissals.
“Management won’t break the dispute by disciplining and sacking our reps; we urge the company to put their energies into resolving this dispute and into restoring their battered reputation.”
A demonstration in support of the sacked workers will be held near the Brixton cinema this evening.