Friday, 1 February 2013

Les Miserables the fight for fair redundancy pay for cinema workers in Aotearoa new Zealand

Last Wednesday (the 30th of January 2013) Event Cinemas Highland park Theatre Closed it's doors for the last time outside some of the workers (many of whom have been laid off due to the closure) engaged in an impromptu Les Miserables Re-enactment with red Flags and Placards. But the lay-offs are not the biggest tragedy rather the pathetic redundancy pay that has been offered by management to workers who have served as many as 17 years. This is pathetic compared to other western nations that have redundancy pay set in law. This struggle has quite a few Darrell with Les Miserables where the poor find themselves repeatedly victimised by the rich despite already being significantly disadvantaged. Here are workers who simply want to support themselves and often their families while a company with plenty of money to spare tries to maximise profits once again at the expense of workers. When a group of workers attempted to meet with management on the 29th of January accompanied by supporters and Unite union staff they were turned away and asked to immediately leave the premiss New Zealand workers deserve more than this.

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