In the latest news from the long-running Picturehouse Living Wage dispute, workers at five cinemas across London will be striking on Thursday 14th, the day the new Star Wars film comes out, and will be joining forces for a mass demo to turn away punters at the Hackney Picturehouse. Following on from that, the various community support campaigns have put a call out for people to turn up to Picturehouse/Cineworld cinemas across the country that weekend to let customers know how Picturehouse treats their staff and show bosses that we support the strike. Full details should be announced soon, but if there’s nothing currently organised in your area, this is the sort of thing where it’s easy for just a few people to print off some leaflets and have a visible presence, so if you have even a small crew of like-minded folks around you might want to think about trying to pull something together for it. In their words:
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens in the UK on Thursday 14 December and Picturehouse workers will be striking on that day.
The opening weekend of Star Wars films sees many thousands of cinema goers go through the doors of Picturehouses and Cineworlds across the country, making the cinema chain a lot of money. Films like Star Wars are the single biggest earners for Picturehouse. Yet Picturehouse and Cineworld won’t redistribute this income to pay their staff the Living Wage!
Join us to let customers know how Picturehouse treats their staff and show bosses that we support the strike.
**Details of actions at individual cinemas to be up soon**
**Can you organise an event at a Picturehouse or Cineworld near you? Get in touch!**
**If you can’t organise a picket or don’t have a cinema near you, get in touch to find out how you can get involved in others ways**
www.picturehousefour.org” (note – that site doesn’t seem to have been updated since September, but hopefully something new will be up shortly)