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Cinema Employees Union Calls for Strike: Films in Jeopardy, Popcorn Supplies Low

Films could be canceled in several cinemas in the coming days and popcorn bags could remain empty. The reason? The ver.di union is calling for a strike.

The service union ver.di has called on employees of the cinema companies CinemaxX and CineStar to go on strike from Thursday as part of the nationwide collective bargaining. The union announced in a statement on Wednesday that this should last up to and including the weekend. The call therefore applies to cinema locations in Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Berlin, Bremen, Hamburg, Hesse, Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia.

“The cinema enjoyment for guests is a stressful job behind the scenes, which is why we are demanding an appropriate starting salary of 14 euros per hour instead of the minimum wage,” ver.di negotiator Martha Richards explains the warning strikes. The starting wages at CinemaxX and CineStar currently only reflect the legal minimum wage.

Union describes CineStars offer as “completely inadequate”

CinemaxX and CineStar were among the largest cinema operators in Germany, which will appear in 2023 with films such as “Avatar 2”, “Super Mario Bros.” “Barbie” and “Oppenheimer” had an extremely successful year at the cinema, according to the union. “Employees, on the other hand, are having difficulty coping with the rapidly rising cost of living due to low wages,” criticizes Richards.

The union admits that CineStar is willing to offer improvements in the ongoing collective bargaining negotiations. However, from ver.di’s point of view, the current offer from cinema employers is “completely inadequate and unacceptable”. Accordingly, the current offer for the induction phase only provides five cents more than the legal minimum wage. The union is hoping for improvements in the coming negotiations through the warning strike.

2024-02-14 20:57:05
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