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Any 'Collective Agreement' on employee tips must include workers - Senator Paul Gavan

9 May, 2019 - by Paul Gavan

Sinn Fein Senator Paul Gavan has expressed bewilderment at todays statement by Minister Regina Doherty that she intends to complete a “collective agreement” on Tips that appears to be exclusive to employer organisations.
Speaking on Pat Kenny’s Newstalk show this morning Minister Doherty spoke of meeting with interested parties such as the Restaurant Association of Ireland, The Irish Hotels Federation and Taxi employer groups to conclude “a collective agreement that will have legal binding” with regard to tips.

Senator Gavan said:

“Minister Doherty and her Department appear to think you can have a collective agreement that does not include trade unions.

"This is a truly bizarre statement to make. The nature of this agreement appears to be limited in scale, without tackling the key issues of a legal right of workers to the tips they earn, and the ongoing scandal of service charges being withheld from workers.

"She also seems oblivious to the fact that Hospitality Sector Employer Groups have consistently refused to engage with trade unions.
“While Minister Doherty has met with all of these employer groups she has still not responded to my request for a meeting to discuss Sinn Féin’s 'Protection of Employee Tips Bill'.

"This is despite several statements that we are open to working with the Minister to ensure the best possible Bill emerges from this legislative process.
“Sinn Féin will move our 'Protection of Employee Tips Bill' to Report and Final stage in the Seanad on the 12th June next.

"We have received widespread support for this Bill from Trade Unions such as SIPTU, UNITE and Mandate, ICTU, the OneGalway and OneCork organisations, Student Unions and hospitality workers from right across the State.

"Unfortunately the Minister appears to be only listening to the lobbying coming from employer groups. Which tells you all you need to know about Fine Gael and their disregard for workers in this sector-a sector characterised by low pay, precarious work, and a 58% rate of non-compliance with basic employment law standards
“We know from research that one in three workers in the hospitality sector do not receive the Tips that they earn.  

"That’s why our Protection of Employee Tips Bill is needed. We will continue to fight for pay justice and legal protection of Employee Tips for these workers.”

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