Workers or board? Rio staff say to directors: Ask cinema supporters to choose sides in pay dispute

Rio0516: cinema Dalston 070516 © DavidAltheer [at]

RIO STAFF have issued a challenge to the cinema’s board: arrange an extraordinary general meeting so both sides can put their case to Rio supporters.

The move comes in the wake of an unprecedented strike by staff, who had to fight the board for their right to be represented by a union.

The workers said it was time that Rio members, known rather tweely as “friends”, voted on the way forward for their community cinema.

Members of the union, Bectu, believed the board had become unaccountable, undemocratic and was acting against its stated charitable mission.

A Rio director, who requested (successfully) the anonymity that characterises the board, commented to Loving Dalston: “It’s obviously a sensitive matter and we’re reluctant to be having these conversations with Bectu through the press.

“So all we would wish to say is that the board is considering the request and we will respond in due course.”

The spokesman later said the matter was being discussed by the board.

Unprecedented: the strike by Rio workers caught the board by surprise (supplied pic)
Unprecedented: the Rio strike took the board by surprise (supplied pic)

While you’re waiting for the Rio directors to cogitate on this issue, you might want to drift off to a movie in a floating cinema. UP Projects promises “a series of inspiring film screenings, talks and workshops… free and ticketed events… on board a custom-built boat, as well as outdoors, on the banks of the [Regent’s] canal”.

Hamish Scott 170616

Canalside kino: Floating Cinema at King’s Cross (supplied)
Canalside kino: Floating Cinema at King’s Cross (supplied)

* The Floating Cinema from Saturday 30 July 2016-Sunday 25 September 2016 presents, at Stratford, Hackney Wick, King’s Cross and Mile End, its summer programme on London’s place in the world.

* Backstory: Rio manager counters that pay is higher than at other cinemas; Rio fails to keep out unionMr Rio quitsMultimillion-pound Hackney giveaway; Rio begs fans for money

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