Workers at the Picturehouse cinema chain, owned by corporate giant Cineworld, have been in dispute for over a year to win living wages, union recognition, and other workplace rights. They're in the Bectu union, now a section of Prospect. Four of their reps at the Ritzy cinema in Brixton have been sacked for their role in organising the strikes, and Picturehouse has threatened any worker who continues to participate in industrial action with dismissal. RMT has been a steadfast supporter of their fight, with the national union passing a resolution of support at the 2017 AGM after several branches committed support at a local level.
The Finsbury Park RMT branch, which organises Brixton station, and the Bakerloo Line RMT branch, which organises Piccadilly Circus and Oxford Circus stations, near to the Picturehouse Central cinema, have been particularly active in supporting the Picturehouse workers. On Friday 6 October, the day of the workers' latest strike, union reps at Brixton, Picc, and Oxo could be seen taking Picturehouse workers round mess rooms to meet Tube workers, tell their stories, and build support for their strikes.
It's always good to be reminded that, as workers, we're part of a class, and that as trade unionists, we're part of a wider movement.