Thursday, June 12, 2008

Cinema Workers Strike in West City




POPCORN STRIKE!
SUPPORT THE ST LUKE's CINEMA WORKERS
JOIN THE PICKET LINES
TONIGHT Friday June 13th-
6.30pm, ST LUKE's SHOPPING MALL
Called by UNITE union
More info- txt Tom at 0294455703


WHAT ARE THE POPCORN STRIKERS FIGHTING ABOUT? INFO HERE

Popcorn strike heats up

TV3 News- Wed, 11 Jun 2008 12:48p.m.
SkyCity cinema workers are promising further industrial action after staff at an Auckland theatre walked off the job last night.

Management were forced to step in after 26 staff at SkyCity's WestCity Shopping Town cinema in Henderson, took to the streets at 6pm yesterday, in support of a pay increase and secure working hours.

The action has been dubbed the "popcorn" strike after staff requested cinema patrons to show support for their cause by boycotting buying food from confectionary stands.

Unite Union national director Mike Treen said today that further industrial action would continue over the next month.

"SkyCity put out a statement saying they pay the industry rate – well, they rule half the industry and that's the problem," he said.

"Eventually the entire movie industry will be involved. We are already negotiating with the other players including Reading and Hoyts."

Members were asking for an hourly rate of $12.20, moving up to $13.10 after two years' service, as well as guaranteed work hours.

Mr Treen said the public reaction to yesterday's picket was overwhelming.

"[The workers] had big signs up saying 'toot for support', 'for secure hours', 'against low pay', and the toots were deafening."

Mr Treen said when the workers went back to work they were met with big lines after senior management had tried to fill the strikers' shoes.

The union was willing to re-enter negotiations at any time but he did not believe SkyCity took its workers seriously.
"In our negotiations with them they were contemptuous and dismissive of any idea that these workers deserved greater rights."

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