THE union for embattled Cineworld staff has said the company has reversed previous redundancies and put staff on furlough after backlash. 

The Cineworld Action Group said it had recieved confirmation from the cinema chain that workers were now being placed on furlough - paid leave - in light of the government's pledge to pay 80% of workers' wages during the crisis. 

In a tweet, the group said: "We have received confirmation this afternoon that staff who were made redundant will have their redundancies reversed so they can be furloughed on the government scheme!

"Proof that workers have collective power."

Cineworld came under fire earlier this month for axing staff in anticipation of an economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic. 

The Cineworld Action was set up by workers who were made redundant amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The group is supported by Bectu, the media and entertainment trade union. 

The Glasgow Times has contacted Cineworld for comment.