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TGI Fridays’ striking waiters deliver warning to business secretary

West End waiters' tips row shows no sign of letting up

15 June, 2018 — By Tom Foot

TGI Fridays workers have walked out on 24-hour strike four weeks in a row

TGI Fridays workers hand-delivered letters to the business secretary demanding action on tips.

The letters warned Greg Clark that his failure to crack down on tipping abuses was letting “rogue” bosses off the hook.

Workers at restaurants in Covent Garden and the Haymarket have walked out on 24-hour strike four weeks in a row.

TGIs had introduced a new system where 40 per cent of waiters’ tips are redistributed to kitchen staff who had asked for a raise. The change is believed to have left waiters around £250 out of pocket each month.

Unite regional officer Dave Turnbull said: “Unite is demanding that the busi- ness secretary, Greg Clark, stop dragging his feet and take action on tips. Labour has promised to deliver justice for hospitality workers, showing that it really is on the side of working people. The gov- ernment needs to do better. How can it be right, that some of the country’s low- est paid workers are worse off now than they were three years ago when the government’s flagship National Living Wage pol- icy was first introduced?”

Since the campaign was launched the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has vowed that, under a Labour government, hospitality workers will keep 100 per cent of their tips left by customers.

The company said: “Our team members are a part of our Fridays family and we care about them. We believe all our team members should be – and are – treated and paid fairly. Despite this, a small number have voted to strike.”

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