MP HELEN HAYES BACKS CINEMA STAFF IN LIVING WAGE ROW
Helen Hayes, Member of Parliament for Dulwich and West Norwood, has tabled a Parliamentary early day motion in support of staff at Cineworld Cinemas and specifically the Ritzy Picturehouse in Brixton, which is in her constituency.
EDM 1000, the full text of which is below, is a statement of support from MPs for the staff at Cineworld cinemas who are still not being paid the living wage, as set by the Living Wage Foundation, despite Cineworld Cinemas reporting a post-tax profit of £83.3 million in 2015.
A statement from Helen Hayes’ office says: “The Ritzy is a well-loved local institution, but local residents are appalled that the staff are not being afforded a decent living wage, company maternity or paternity pay or company sick pay.
“The campaign has received widespread support from the entertainment community and Labour party politicians, who are calling on Cineworld to invest in the welfare of their staff.”
The motion – dated March 1st – states:
That this House shares the concerns of the Broadcasting, Entertainment, Cinematograph and Theatre Union on the treatment of staff by Cineworld Cinemas; is concerned that Cineworld Cinemas staff do not all receive the Living Wage, as set by the Living Wage Foundation, company maternity or paternity pay, or company sick pay, despite Cineworld Cinemas reporting a post-tax profit of £83.8 million in 2015; is further concerned about lack of competition in the cinema industry following Cineworld Cinemas’ acquisition of Empire Cinemas Ltd; and calls for Cineworld Cinemas to increase investment in worker welfare and pay all picturehouse staff the Living Wage, as set by the Living Wage Foundation.
(Note: The official Parliament website says: Early Day Motions (EDMs) are formal motions submitted for debate in the House of Commons but very few are actually debated. EDMs allow MPs to draw attention to an event or cause. MPs register their support by signing individual motions – Ed.)