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Robert had worked as a waiter at STK restaurant in the luxury five star Melia ME London Hotel in central London for nearly two years before he was sacked. 

Robert liked his job, he was good at it too, but he wasn't too keen on how the restaurant wasn't being open and transparent about how the 15 per cent service charge automatically added to customer bills was being shared out between staff and senior managers. So he joined Unite and was brave enough to speak out against what he saw as blatantly unfair tipping practices.

Now Unite believes that Robert was unfairly targeted for his trade union activity, we've lodged a claim with the employment tribunal over his unfair dismissal, calling for his immediate reinstatement.

Please help Robert get his job back. Sign our petition to Claudine Massey, HR manger at Melia Hotels International.


Respect our union

Unite is turning up the heat on the global hotel chain Melia Hotels International, owners of the five star ME London Hotel in the Strand and the White House Regents Park over its refusal to respect its workers rights to join and actively participate in a trade union in breach of its own globally signed agreements. Once we get recognition we can help our members get their fair tips and respect!

Not only is Melia reneging on its international commitments, it's not playing fair on tips

Unite lifted the lid on yet another tipping abuse scandal when it revealed that STK London, the upmarket steakhouse restaurant inside the ME London Hotel, was using the service charge to top up the salaries of four senior managers by tens of thousands of pounds a year each, as reported in the Evening Standard.

Like most people we believe that tips and the service charge should go to waiting and kitchen staff - and not be used to cover everything from managers bonuses to breakages and till shortages.Find out more about Unite's Fair Tips campaign here.

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