Ritzy Cinema owner Picturehouse has confirmed to Brixton Blog that planned redundancies will no longer be going ahead.
Just days after Picturehouse announced sweeping job losses at Ritzy Cinema – following a successful year-long campaign for staff at Brixton’s beloved cinema to be paid the London Living Wage – the company has U-turned.
“Picturehouse is pleased to announce that the Ritzy Brixton consultation process has now ceased,” Ritzy Cinema tweeted.
While cast-iron guarantees aren’t out in the open yet, with trade union Bectu cautiously welcoming the news, this is a huge victory for supporters of the Ritzy Living Wage campaign.
The news comes in the wake of Curzon Cinemas yesterday announcing that it will pay all staff the London Living Wage in its cinemas across the capital – heaping further pressure on the beleaguered Picturehouse.
We love the Ritzy. We love its staff. Is this the outcome we’ve all been waiting for – or do further twists lie in wait?
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