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Government’s proposed tips legislation “weak and worthless” - Maurice Quinlivan TD

8 July, 2019 - by Maurice Quinlivan TD

Sinn Féin’s spokesperson on Jobs, Workers' Rights and Pay Equality, Maurice Quinlivan TD, today criticised Minister Regina Doherty’s proposed plan to address the problem of tips that are stolen from workers.

Speaking today, the Limerick City TD said;

“Today Minister Doherty announced that she has received approval from the government on the Heads of a Bill which she thinks will address the problem of tips that are stolen from workers.

“Unfortunately, what has been announced today is a proposal to bring forward weak and worthless legislation, which will be of no help to workers.

“The government’s plans will not give workers an explicit right to their own tips, and will as a result, fail to address the main problem in this area.

“It’s puzzling to see how Minister Doherty witnessed the broad swathe of support for Sinn Féin’s tips bill, and it’s aims, and yet decided to oppose it and bring forward her own bill which completely fails to address the main issue.

“Fine Gael have also decided to use the money message procedure to essentially veto the Sinn Féin bill, despite it having the backing of both the Dáil and the Seanad.

“In addition to being completely undemocratic, Fine Gael’s behaviour is a slap in the face to workers who have their tips stolen by unscrupulous employers.

“Sinn Féin have no intention of accepting this toothless proposal from the Minister, and we will continue to fight for our bill to move forward.

“Tips theft is widespread, and it must be stamped out. Tips should go to workers and workers alone.”

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