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Sinn Féin Tips Bill Moves Closer to Being Enacted – Senator Paul Gavan

20 February, 2019 - by Paul Gavan

This evening, Sinn Féin’s Bill to give workers a legal right to their tips successfully passed Committee stage with all-party support.

This simple Bill will make it illegal for employers to steal their workers’ tips and ensure that workers are protected by the law. It will require businesses to display their tipping policy to ensure customers have full transparency as to how their tip will be shared.

Speaking after the debate, Senator Gavan said:

“We are delighted that we have been able to move this Bill through the house to the final stage of proceedings.

“This would not have been possible without the public support of ICTU, SIPTU, Mandate, Unite and the USI.

“We have also had fantastic grassroots support from One Galway and One Cork, community activist groups who have been out on the streets talking to people about the hospitality industry and listening to the horror stories of bad employers stealing workers hard earned tips.

“I also want to give credit to Labour and the Civic Engagement group who have worked with us on this Bill to strengthen the Bill and provide it with the broadest level of support.

“Irish research shows that 1 in 3 workers experience the regular withholding of tips and this must be addressed.

"We understand that most employers are good employers. This Bill will change nothing for them. The only people who have anything to fear, are those employers who dip their hand in the tips jar.

“Sinn Féin will now be looking to move this Bill again through its final stage in the Seanad, to ensure that workers’ have a legal right to their tips before this summer’s busy season.”

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