Fair Tips For Waiting Staff
- Thursday 2 August 2018
'Tips should go to workers, not employers.'
Unite's fair tips campaign delivered a second important victory when the government finally announced that it will introduce legislation to ban employers taking tips from staff. But it's not law yet. Keep up the pressure, back hospitality workers in their fight for #FairTips.
Background: Why we are (still) waiting?
While the government still sits on its hands, rogue bosses are finding new loop holes to exploit. Please beware of the service charge automatically added to your bill. It's not a tip. In some restaurants workers won't see a penny of it. FYI, you don't have to pay it. Ask for it to be taken off and tip in cash instead. Because a cash tip is more likely to go to the people that deserve it, the low paid waiters and kitchen staff who have helped make your meal special - and not be gobbled up by greedy bosses.
You see the problem is that tips paid on a credit card and service charges are the property of the employer. As they own them they can do what they like with them. So until staff are given 100% ownership rights over their hard earned tips with complete control over how they are shared out, rogue employers will continue to cream off staff tips.
- Please tip in cash - leaving cash means the whole amount will go to the staff (divided between waiters and kitchen staff).
- Confused by the service charge? Then ask for this to be removed & leave cash instead.
- Share your story - Do you know of a restaurant keeping staff tips? Tell us about it.
- Work in the hospitality sector? Then we want to hear from you. Send us your contact details. Get organised with Unite on your side
- Follow Unite's hospitality branch on Facebook and Twitter using #FairTips
- Not in a union? Then join Unite - Your union. Your voice
- Confused by tipping? Read our Fair Tips Guide - download below
Beware of the scams
Know your facts and don’t be afraid to questions a restaurant’s tipping policy. The staff will thank you.