Thursday, July 24, 2008

Take a Tip From Me

You go for a meal, the food's good, the staff are friendly, you have a good time. The bill comes - "I'll stick a bit extra on for the staff" you think.

In a lot of places the staff will never see any of that money - and what's even worse some restaurants get away with paying below the minimum wage - expecting staff to make the difference up with tips.

That's why it's great to see my union - Unite - and the Daily Mirror campaigning to end the loophole in the minimum wage legislation and also launching a "fair tips" charter to ensure tips are fairly distributed to staff.

We'll be having a big push on this in Manchester for the conference this year, so look out for the "Fair Tips" sticker in Restaurant windows. I'll be doing that and also leaving my tips in cash - that way it's much more likely to get where you want it to go! Ask what happen to the service charge as well - you might be surprised!

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