Fair tips for waiting staff

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Government's tipping report is now overdue

At the height of last summer's tipping abuse scandal the business secretary, Sajid Javid, promised to crack-down on dubious tipping practices.

He launched an investigation in late August, saying that 'it's just not right', that some restaurants pocket a portion of staff tips for themselves.

Four months later and waiters are still waiting...

Take action:  Please take a minute to email Sajid. Tell him to get a move on and deliver his tipping report. Waiters have waited long enough for #FairTips

Waiters have been waiting long enough

Click here to Email Sajid Javid to say waiters have been waiting long enough...

The story so far...

We won at Pizza Express! After Unite turned up the heat with a summer of campaigning the popular pizza chain announced (3 September 2015) that it would scrap the 8% admin fee from tips paid on a card. Many other big name chains, did the same.  

But with restaurants like Jamie’s Italian under fire for deducting a percentage of sales from credit card tips, Prezzo and Strada still swiping a slice as an admin fee and Bill's restaurant accused of pocketing a large proportion of the service charge automatically added to diners' bills, it is clear that we’ve still got some way to go in the fight for fair tips. 

Now we need the government to stamp out these rip off practices once and for all. We've set down an early day motion in parliament for MPs to get behind. 

Email and tweet your MP now to ask them to sign EDM 595 - it takes less than a minute. Enter your postcode below to get started.
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What you can do to help

You see the problem is that tips paid on a credit card and service charges are the property of the employer. As they own them they can do what they like with them. So until staff are given 100% ownership rights over their hard earned tips with complete control over how they are shared out, rogue employers will continue to cream off staff tips.
  • Please tip in cash - leaving cash means the whole amount will go to the staff (divided between waiters and kitchen staff). 
  • Confused by the service charge? Then ask for this to be removed & leave it in cash instead 
  • Share your story- Fed up of your employer taking a slice of your hard-earned tips? Tell us about it.
  • Work in the hospitality sector? Then we want to hear from you. Contact us. Get organised with Unite on your side 
  • Follow Unite's hospitality branch on Facebook and Twitter using #FairTips 
  • Not in a union?The join Unite - Your union. You voice

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