You can read 9 more articles this month
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.”
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by joining the 501 club.
Just £5 a month gives you the opportunity to win one of 17 prizes, from £25 to the £501 jackpot.
By becoming a 501 Club member you are helping the Morning Star cover its printing, distribution and staff costs — help keep our paper thriving by joining!
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by become a member of the People’s Printing Press Society.
The Morning Star is a readers’ co-operative, which means you can become an owner of the paper too by buying shares in the society.
Shares are £1 each — though unlike capitalist firms, each shareholder has an equal say. Money from shares contributes directly to keep our paper thriving.
Some union branches have taken out shares of over £500 and individuals over £100.
You can’t buy a revolution, but you can help the only daily paper in Britain that’s fighting for one by donating to the Fighting Fund.
The Morning Star is unique, as a lone socialist voice in a sea of corporate media. We offer a platform for those who would otherwise never be listened to, coverage of stories that would otherwise be buried.
The rich don’t like us, and they don’t advertise with us, so we rely on you, our readers and friends. With a regular donation to our monthly Fighting Fund, we can continue to thumb our noses at the fat cats and tell truth to power.
Donate today and make a regular contribution.