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Judge orders cinema fi rm to reinstate sacked reps

TWO trade unionists unfairly sacked by Picturehouse-owned Ritzy must be returned to their former positions at the Brixton cinema, an employment tribunal ruled yesterday.

The Bectu reps worked at the Ritzy for a number of years and were involved in the long-running industrial dispute over Picturehouse’s failure to pay the Living Wage.

A judge ruled that all the individuals involved were capable of working in a professional and mature manner and must be reinstated in January.

The judge found a “lack of neutrality at the investigation and disciplinary stages” and “an assumption of guilt on the part of the claimants.”

The decision is a significant win for the broadcast union and follows on from a ruling earlier in the summer which found that the reps had been unfairly dismissed.

Bectu head Philippa Childs said: “This is an extremely rare ruling and once again highlights the unreasonable behaviour of Picturehouse towards Bectu’s representatives.

“These individuals have been leading Bectu activists and their reinstatement will bolster the campaign for Picturehouse staff to be paid the Living Wage.

“Bectu urges Picturehouse to look closely at these two rulings and start to engage with us and the Living Wage campaign and for the union to be fully recognised.”

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