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Fine Gael vote to deny workers their tips – John Brady TD

20 June, 2019 - by John Brady TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Employment Affairs & Social Protection John Brady TD has criticised Fine Gael for their shameful decision to vote against his party’s Bill and in doing so, attempt to deny workers a legal right to the tips that they earn.

The Bill would give workers a legal right to the tips that they earn and also require employers to display their tipping policy to ensure transparency for customers and staff.

Speaking following the Dáil vote, Teachta Brady said:

“I welcome the passing of the Protection of Employee Tips Bill in the Dáil this afternoon following its passing of all stages in the Seanad last week.

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

“Fine Gael are the only party who have voted against this Bill however, not content on simply opposing the Bill they now intend on going a step further in seeking to block the Bill from moving ahead through the imposition of a Money Message.

“This is a typical tactic used by Fine Gael to block opposition legislation from moving through the legislative process. The only message this sends out to workers in this State is that Fine Gael do not believe that they have any right to the tips that they earn.

“Tips should go to workers and workers alone. This is the view of the majority of the Seanad and the Dáil and I believe the view of the public in general.

“Sinn Féin will continue working with the trade union movement and others in progressing this Bill. Workers deserve nothing less.”

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