Former Cineworld & Picturehouse Employees Write To CEO Mooky Greidinger Calling For “Reinstatement, Dignity & Respect” Following Coronavirus Cuts
Greater than 240 UK staff who have been let go this week by exhibition large Cineworld have written to group CEO Mooky Greidinger calling for the exhibitor to rethink this week’s mass redundancies in response to the coronavirus. Scroll down for the letter in full.
The employees “condemn” Cineworld’s choice to chop an unlimited variety of UK employees, a choice they are saying will see them wrestle to afford “necessities resembling housing, electrical energy, fuel and meals.”
“We name on Cineworld to deal with us with dignity and respect throughout this disaster and ask that you just rethink your place on fee all through closure, and enter into session and negotiation with employees, who’re prepared to talk to you…Our demand is just that you just reinstate all employees who’ve been made redundant and negotiate with employees on how to make sure that no Cineworld worker is left in a financially precarious state of affairs throughout the interval of closure.”
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Cineworld staff we now have spoken to estimate that 1000’s of UK employees have been impacted by the job losses. Many are on zero hours contracts, low pay salaries or part-time contracts. A personal Fb group arrange by former staff has 725 members in two days.
Cineworld closed all of its 125 websites (together with the Picturehouse cinemas) within the UK this week following the federal government’s recommendation for folks to keep away from public venues as a result of unfold of COVID-19. The day earlier than, the corporate’s share worth hit an all-time low. It has rebounded to a level since however nonetheless stays round 74% down since January.
Earlier in the present day, Member of Scottish Parliament James Kelly additionally wrote to Greidinger in assist of the Cineworld employees. He stated, “Whereas I acknowledge the COVID-19 outbreak could have an acute affect on the cinema trade, it’s fully unacceptable to make hard-working employees pay the worth for this pandemic – particularly at a corporation as worthwhile and profitable as Cineworld.”
In an announcement, Cineworld stated, “We have now supplied workers with greater than three years’ service partial funds till we’re capable of re-open our cinemas. Anybody who accepts this provide also can take paid work exterior of our firm throughout the closure and they are going to be awarded a loyalty bonus as soon as Cineworld has re-opened. We’re additionally providing these workers the choice of voluntary redundancy. We acknowledge the challenges going through our workers, and Cineworld is presently working to ascertain a hardship fund with extra particulars to comply with.”
The chain, which is the world’s second greatest, employs tens of 1000’s of employees worldwide and posted world income of $4.4BN final yr. Cineworld owns the Regal circuit within the U.S.
We have now reached out to the chain for additional remark.
Friday 20th March 2020
Expensive Mr Greidinger,
We’re writing to you in the present day to precise our considerations over the best way the closure of all the UK Cineworld and Picturehouse websites has been dealt with in regard to employees redundancy and fee throughout the interval of closure.
We’re conscious that we’re coping with an unprecedented disaster globally as we face the Covid-19 pandemic and perceive the intense implications that is having on our trade. Following Boris Johnson’s requires the general public to keep away from social areas we totally assist the short-term closure of Cineworld and Picturehouse websites to forestall the unfold of the illness to employees and prospects alike.
Yesterday we have been knowledgeable that we’d not be allotted any extra shifts from the 20th of March 2020, and that many people can be made redundant. Workers with over three years’ service are to be retained with 40% of their wage or common pay, employees from 18 months upwards could have employment terminated instantly with pay in lieu of discover and statutory redundancy the place entitled and employees employed for lower than 18 months shall be saved on with none type of pay throughout the interval of closure.
We collectively condemn this choice and are actually being positioned able of monetary insecurity indefinitely whereas this world disaster continues to unfold. For many people, this lack of revenue will lead us to be unable to afford necessities resembling housing, electrical energy, fuel and meals. We name on Cineworld to deal with us with dignity and respect throughout this disaster and ask that you just rethink your place on fee all through closure, and enter into session and negotiation with employees, who’re prepared to talk to you.
This night, the federal government has introduced that it’s going to assist to pay folks’s wages as much as £2500 a month for these nonetheless employed by an organization however not getting used as a consequence of closures. There is no such thing as a restrict on the funds out there to guard employees from unemployment throughout this disaster. These measures would defend our jobs and the corporate itself. We urge you to reinstate all employees who’ve been made redundant and make use of those funds to guard our revenue. We have now stood by Cineworld and it’s now as much as you to face by us.
We’re a gaggle of Cineworld and Picturehouse workers stretching the whole lot of the UK and are being supported by Bectu and different commerce unions. Our demand is just that you just reinstate all employees who’ve been made redundant and negotiate with employees on how to make sure that no Cineworld worker is left in a financially precarious state of affairs throughout the interval of closure. We request that you just reply to this letter no later than the tip of Sunday, 22nd March, failing which we are going to take additional motion. We look ahead to discussing this with you.
Cineworld & Picturehouse employees