Picturehouse Group

MQT on 2014-10-22
Session date: 
October 22, 2014
Question By: 
Fiona Twycross
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Following your statements about the campaign for staff at the Ritzy cinema to be paid the London Living Wage, will you encourage the Picturehouse group to agree a voluntary recognition agreement with BECTU to try to foster harmonious industrial relations?


Answer for Picturehouse Group

Answer for Picturehouse Group

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Union recognition is a matter for individual businesses, their employee and the relevant Union in question.

I urge all employers not only to pay the London Living Wage, but to become accredited LLW employees. This involves being audited and acknowledged by the Living Wage Foundation as a fully-committed responsible employer.


As you are aware, I wrote to Picturehouse (the parent company of Ritzy Cinema) in June urging them to become LLW accredited and I have not yet heard back. However, I welcome their announced intention to pay the LLW, though obviously without being LLW accredited it is hard for me or the Living Wage Foundation to know if a company is complying with the rules and the spirit of the Living Wage initiative.