Andy Burham, the mayor of Greater Manchester has put his weight behind workers at TGI Fridays striking for the fourth Friday in a row today (8 June)(third Friday for workers from the Trafford Centre) in their dispute over tips and alleged minimum wage abuses.
In a message of support the mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham said: “It is totally wrong that low-paid workers at TGI Fridays are having their tips taken without consent to top up the wages of other staff.
“Here in Greater Manchester we are working with good businesses and unions to develop a GM Employer Charter intended to stop this kind of exploitation.
“I am fully behind the workers at the Trafford Centre and other TGI Fridays in their fight to end this unfair practice.”
Workers at TGI Fridays, members of Unite, Britain's biggest union, from the Trafford centre branch will mark their third Friday of strikes in a row with protests and leafleting sessions in Manchester city centre.
WHEN: Friday 8 June at 12:30 and 16:30 for one hour
WHERE: 12.30-1.30 in St Ann's Square, Manchester M2 7HW and 16:30-17:30 St Peters Square, Manchester M2 3AE
Labour MPs Kate Green and Lucy Powell as well as the leader of Manchester City Council, Sir Richard Leese are planning to join the strikers at their lunchtime protest today (8 June), circumstances permitting.
Unite is urging the public to get behind the strikers and come along and show their support today.
Anthony Curley, Unite services coordinator said: “Our members from the Trafford Centre are now staging their third Friday of strikes in a row. They are more determined than ever to keep up the fight until the company agrees to get around the table and start talking.
“Today’s visit by MPs and the leader of the council is a huge boost to morale. This is the first time these workers have ever taken strike action, it means a lot that MPs, the leader of the council and the mayor himself are listening, when the company that they have worked so hard for will not.”
For more information please contact Unite campaigns officer Chantal Chegrinec on 07774 146 777.
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