Service charges must go to those providing the service
“Unclear policy is usually unfair” says Unite General Secretary
April 24th: Unite, which represents hospitality workers throughout Ireland, recently met with officials in the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment to discuss the union’s outstanding concerns regarding the Payment of Wages (Tips and Gratuities) (Amendment) Bill 2022.
Unite General Secretary Sharon Graham said: “Where tips policy is unclear it usually means it is also unfair, and it hits this workforce hard in the wallet. We estimate that hospitality staff lose thousands a year in lost earnings when their tips go elsewhere.
“Unite is determined to change this appalling state of affairs. It’s time for the Irish government and the hospitality sector to step up too”.
Unite Hospitality Coordinator Julia Marciniak attended the meeting and said:
Unions representing bus drivers working for Ulsterbus and Metro services, Unite the union and the GMB, announced the deferral of planned strike action due to commence this coming Monday [April 25] after negotiations led to a revised pay offer from employers. Bus drivers will now be balloted on the new pay offer.
Unite the union deputy Regional Secretary Davy Thompson welcomed the move by Translink employers:
“The strike action planned by both Unite and GMB bus drivers would have resulted in the cancellation of all bus services across Northern Ireland from next Monday. Ahead of that eventuality the unions and employers engaged in direct negotiations on the issue of pay.”
Peter Macklin, GMB Regional Organiser said:
“As a result of those talks and the revised offer made by the employers, workplace representatives in both unions have decided to defer next week’s planned action and ballot the members. We will make public the results of that process as they become known.”