Cineworld Rethinks Redundancies After Industry Backlash, Government Measures

Published on Mar 26, 2020

Cineworld Rethinks Redundancies After Industry Backlash, Government Measures

U.K. theater chain Cineworld Group has decided not to go ahead with the planned redundancies first announced last week after all their sites, including Picturehouse screens, shuttered due to the coronavirus crisis.

In an internal memo to staff circulated Wednesday night and seen by Variety, Cineworld CEO Mooky Greidinger wrote: “All of our hourly paid people across Cineworld and Picturehouse will be offered the Furloughed option. There is still much unknown detail as we wait further guidance from government. And so we will be in touch with further updates, including how pay is calculated under the government scheme. Your salary will be paid in the usual way in March.”

Greidinger added that, “If you were previously given a deadline by which time you needed to reply to us, you can now ignore this.”

In response, the Cineworld Action Group employee union tweeted: “This evening we received comms from Mooky

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Author: Naman Ramachandran