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Workers to keep all their tips under PM's plan

By Jon Craig, chief political correspondent
Theresa May is pledging to stop high street restaurant chains deducting money from tips given by customers to waiters and bar staff.
The move, which will require legislation, will stop some of the biggest names on the high street deducting up to 10% from employees' tips.
According to the government, while some businesses have changed their practices, Belgo, Bella Italia, Cafe Rouge, Giraffe, Prezzo and Strada all deduct 10%, and Ask and Zizzi 8%.Announcing the move, the prime minister said: "The unemployment rate under this government is now the lowest since the 1970s - but we want to ensure that everyone is treated fairly in the workplace.
Workers to keep all their tips under PM's plan

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Prezzo is one of the chains the government says is taking 10% of tips
"That's why we will introduce tough new legislation to ensure that workers get to keep all of their tips - banning employers from making any deductions. It's another way we are building an economy that works for everyone."The promise comes in the government's response to a consultation and will benefit many of the 1.8 million people who work in the hospitality industry in the UK.The government says the change will be fairer for both workers, who get to keep the tips left for them by customers, and customers, who leave tips specifically for the service they receive.The consultation showed that restaurant customers are overwhelmingly in favour of the tips they pay going to the people that serve them.
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