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The Socialist 7 June 2007

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Labour cheats NHS

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Fight Brown's agenda of war, cuts & privatisation


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CWU delegates attack link with Labour

Come to the Shop Stewards' Network conference

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Ritzy - low-paid workers strike again


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Weekly bin collections AND recycling schemes

Black and Asian group: Socialist ideas to unite all workers

Take part in the 22-28 June Fighting Fund week of action

The fat cat and the 'cleaning lady'


Remploy management squander opportunities

Tesco strikes show new mood

 
 

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Ritzy - low-paid workers strike again

AFTER A one-day strike on 26 May, staff at Ritzy cinema in Brixton struck again on 1 June. A lively picket of over 30 workers turned out displaying banners, pounding drums and discussing their strike with passing members of the public. Shop steward Jackie Brethold of the union BECTU spoke to Neil Cafferky.

NC: What are the key issues in this dispute?

JB: Staff are paid 5.35 an hour, the national minimum wage. In London you can't live on the minimum wage. The Poverty Wage in London is 6.25. Cityscreen rejected raising our pay to the Poverty Wage in negotiations.

NC: What has been the workers' response?

JB: They are really solid behind the strike. There are just under 60 members of staff, 55 are BECTU members. Out of 52 ballots sent out, 41 came back. All were for strike action.

No one here wants to go on strike. This is the first time a lot of people have participated in this kind of action. When we decided to strike we also decided we wouldn't let Cityscreen win by making us feel unhappy so the picket is as vibrant as we can make it.

NC: How has the public reacted to the picket?

JB: Generally they have been incredibly positive. A lot of people are shocked because they frequent the Ritzy and were unaware of the situation. The company has this image as being a liberal, human rights-watching, fair trade coffee-selling outfit but that is built on the backs of people under the poverty line.

NC: Do you think other low-paid workers should follow your example and take strike action?

JB: I think this strike is a wake-up call to the government that companies like Cityscreen are legally allowed to pay such low wages.


In this issue

Labour cheats NHS

PFI - a licence to print money

Petition on NHS: Stop cuts and privatisations (word)


War and terrorism

Fight Brown's agenda of war, cuts & privatisation


Socialist Party workplace news

Postal workers fight closure

Coventry says 'keep our Post Office open'

CWU delegates attack link with Labour

Come to the Shop Stewards' Network conference

National Shop Stewards Network Founding conference

Ritzy - low-paid workers strike again


G8 Summit protests

80,000 demonstrate against the G8 summit

Activists with ideas


What we think

Drowning in an ocean of debt


Socialist Party feature

Young people: a bright future... or different shades of grey


International socialist news and analysis

Bolivia: Release Adam Ziemkowski

South Africa: Public sector workers in mass fightback

The Arab-Israel 1967 war: repression and bloodshed continues


Socialist Party news and analysis

Don't trust the Trust schools - organise!

Tony Blair "brings church into school"

Weekly bin collections AND recycling schemes

Black and Asian group: Socialist ideas to unite all workers

Take part in the 22-28 June Fighting Fund week of action

The fat cat and the 'cleaning lady'


Workplace news and analysis

Remploy management squander opportunities

Tesco strikes show new mood


 

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