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Restaurant waiting staff bid to keep all customer tips (June 2018)
Restaurants will be legally barred from keeping tips from staff under plans to be announced by Theresa May on Monday.High street chains including Prezzo, Strada and Zizzi will be forced to pass on all service charges to workers, the prime minister said.The move follows a public outcry over the practice by some restaurants of skimming off a share of tips.Labour said the government had copied another of its policies, which the party announced in June.Jeremy Corbyn said a Labour government would legislate to ensure workers keep 100% of their tips, putting an end to practices that has seen tips deducted by some businesses.
Mrs May said the "tough" legislation, which would apply in England, Scotland and Wales, was part of the government's push to end exploitative employment practices.Her vow comes three years after a government consultation found restaurant customers overwhelmingly supported tips going to waiting staff, rather than proprietors.
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What’s eating the restaurant tradeUnite regional officer Dave Turnbull said cracking down on tipping abuses was long overdue and the union would seek assurances that the legislation truly delivered fair tips."There will be question marks as to whether it will deal with the myriad of scams some restaurants use to pilfer staff tips to boost their profits, in addition to dealing with unjust situation at TGI Fridays, who use tips left for waiting staff to subsidise the low wages of skilled kitchen staff," he said.Kate Nicholls. chief executive of trade association Hospitality UK, said earlier this year that the industry had worked with the union Unite on a code of good practice for tipping."The industry is self-regulating - we don't need legislation," she told the BBC.
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