Customers have right to know where their tips go – Denise Mitchell TD
Sinn Féin Dublin Bay North TD Denise Mitchell has said a Sinn Féin Bill which aims to give hospitality workers a legal entitlement to their tips will prevent owners from picking the pockets of their staff.
Speaking in the Dáil on the Protection of Employee Tips Bill on Tuesday evening, Deputy Mitchell said:
“The situation in Ireland at the moment is that if you or I go out to a restaurant or a café, and you leave a tip for the staff who served you, there is no guarantee that the tip will actually go to the staff. That tip could end up in the business owner’s pocket. That is totally wrong.
“We know that hospitality workers are some of the lowest paid in the country and they are in an industry where workers rights are trod all over by a significant number of employers every day.
"All this Bill is doing is giving transparency to customers so they know where their tips go; and ensuring that business owners cannot pick the pockets of their staff,” she said.
Deputy Mitchell also hit out at the Government which she accused of attempting to sow confusion by announcing it is working on a similar but as of yet unseen Bill:
“The Government’s alternative proposals only prohibit employers from putting tips towards their employees’ wages. That doesn’t stop them from stealing the tips and putting them in their own pocket, or using them to pay for breakages or stock or whatever else.
“Instead, our Bill gives employees a legal entitlement to their tips, and that is a much stronger protection for workers.”