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Sinn Féin’s tips Bill a step forward in protecting workers’ rights – Mary Lou McDonald TD

18 June, 2019 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald spoke in the Dáil this evening in support of her party's Bill which gives workers in the hospitality sector a legal right to the tips they earn.

Ms McDonald said:

“This is a simple but important piece of legislation and an important step forward in strengthening workers’ rights.

“Hospitality workers are often on low pay and suffer disproportionate levels of exploitation in the workplace.

“Most people are surprised to learn that workers don’t have a legal right to the tips they earn. This is a huge problem that can be fixed easily and quickly.

“Sinn Féin’s Bill ensures that workers’ tips are given legal protection by making it illegal for an employer to withhold or deduct them.

"It also requires businesses to display their tipping policy so that customers know how tips are distributed.

“Workers deserve their dues, they deserve fair treatment, they deserve their wages and they deserve their tips. I am calling on all parties and none to support this Bill and make this happen.”

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