When the former business secretary, Sajid Javid said these words at the launch of the government consultation on tipping last May, Unite hailed it as a massive, rightful victory for working people.
But 10 months after the consultation closed (27 June), the government has yet to publish its findings! We think this is totally unacceptable, because while workers wait, unscrupulous bosses are still creaming off the tips from its low paid staff.
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Unite has been exposing rip-off tipping practices in the hospitality industry since 2008. Nearly two years ago, (May 2015) we turned the spotlight on Pizza Express, putting pressure on the popular chain to scrap the 8 per cent 'admin fee' it was taking from staff tips paid on a card.
We won at Pizza Express! Our campaign sparked a huge media blitz; many more high street favourites were exposed for creaming off staff tips in various nefarious tipping scams, from 'admin fees' to table sale levies and pocketing service charge payments for themselves. The massive public backlash forced many to change their policies and even prompted the government to act with the launch of its consultation.
Unite’s 3 key demands to put #FairTips on every menu:
We will continue to call for the introduction of:
- Primary legislation to give staff 100% ownership of their hard-earned tips with total control over how they are shared out between front and back of house staff.
- Rules to ensure that company Tronc schemes are genuinely independent; free from employer interference and influence, run by staff for staff, not senior managers!
- Greater transparency so that staff and consumers alike know how the money from discretionary charges is divvied up, and how much the company pockets for itself.
Too many employers have failed to respect the 2009 voluntary code of practice, we welcome the government’s proposal to put it on a statutory footing.