In response to the story about the tipping scandal at the Italian restaurant chain Carluccio’s reported in today’s (September 23) Sunday Times, Unite national officer for hospitality Dave Turnbull said:

“Unite is proud to represent staff at Carluccio’s taking a stand against a tipping policy that has been imposed on them without any consultation and which has left them significantly worse off.

 “Our members at Carluccio’s are understandably angry and don’t think it’s fair that managers and senior staff earning much higher wages are now getting a sizeable slice of the card and credit card tips, while those on the minimum wage lose out. We think that customers will be outraged too.

“It’s nearly a year since the former Prime Minister Theresa May promised new legislation to stop employers from using and abusing the tips customers leave for staff as part of the government’s push to end exploitative employment practices.

“But outrageously it’s still not law which means that employers like Carluccio’s are continuing to get away with finding new schemes to cheat the country lowest paid out of their tips. It’s not on. It’s time for the government to bring in this law.”


Notes to editors:

 For more information please contact Unite campaigns officer Chantal Chegrinec 07774 146777.


Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey..