Her name is Rio … cinema workers on strike over pay

Rio cinemaStaff at The Rio, one of London’s most prominent independent cinemas, are today on strike over pay and job losses.

The action comes after a long battle over union recognition and pay, with workers now facing cuts in staffing levels. Last month cinema bosses announced a restructure that offers higher wages but which cuts hours and staff to pay for it.

Bectu national official Sofie Mason said: “What started out as a simple pay dispute has turned into a passionate ideological battle over the soul of one of the last community cinemas in London. Staff want change but not change that rips the heart out of The Rio.”

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