Picturehouse workers will be on strike again for the Sundance film festival happening at Picturehouse Central from 31 May to 3 June.
They will be striking during the opening night on Thursday 31 May, and again on Saturday 2 May. The strikes will hit several premières taking place at the festival.
Behind the scenes at several workplaces, despite no strikes for a while, tensions has been running high. Many of the striking sites are being deliberately understaffed. The company is refusing to hire new staff either due to fears new staff will simply join the union Bectu, or as a way to punish and overwork current employees. It has been causing considerable distress. This has lead to some workers having panic attacks, and long term members of staff leaving the company. Sorting out the understaffing has now been included as a new strike demand. Dangerous understaffing in case of fire has been made as an complaint to ACAS as well. However these formal complaints take time and in the meantime it is workers who are suffering.
Workers will hold picket lines from 17:30-20:30 each night, and welcome supporters to join them.
On the Monday 28 May, as a precursor to the strike, the Picturehouse Bectu branches are organising a speaker and Q&A event — “The future of work & the new unionists?”.
Speakers include: Kelly Rogers, Workers’ Liberty activist and a sacked Picturehouse rep; Lewis Baker, #Mcstriker & Bakers Union activist; Danny Millum, IWGB University of London Branch Secretary; Dr Nick Srnicek, co-author of Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism & a world without work; and Simon Hannah “Brixton Boycotts the Ritzy” campaigner and author of
A Party with Socialists in It.
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