After a summer of closures that threatened to cripple the cinema industry, Cineworld staff now face a bleak Christmas as the chain looks to shut down all its UK sites. The final nail in the coffin came when the release of Daniel Craig’s new James Bond blockbuster No Time To Die was delayed due to coronavirus. But Cineworld’s 5,500 workers were left fuming after hearing through social media they may lose their jobs until visitor numbers pick up again, possibly not until next year. One said: “None of us have been told a single thing yet. So me and my work colleagues are sort of in panic mode right now, wondering what’s going to happen to our jobs, especially this close to Christmas.” It is believed most staff will be laid off, and offered their jobs back when the firm’s 127 cinemas reopen. The cull, expected to be announced this week, adds to a mounting jobs bloodbath caused by the pandemic. And Cineworld’s plight is mirrored by many rivals, including independent movie houses. Cineworld, Britain’s biggest cinema chain, said: “We can confirm we are considering the temporary closure of our UK and US cinemas, but a final decision has not… Read full this story
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