In a speech to the Bakers Union (BFAWU) annual conference in Southport, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, announced a package of new workplace policies for hospitality workers across the UK, including:
- Legislating to ensure 100 per cent of tips are kept by staff
- A #MeToo workplace revolution
Jeremy Corbyn also announcedc a new policy to ensure that 100 per cent of tips are retained by staff, putting an end to practices that has seen tips deducted by businesses.
The next Labour government will legislate to ban businesses from taking a cut from customer tips paid on a credit or debit card as an administration fee; charging waiters to work and pocketing ‘optional’ service charges.
This is in addition to the policies of a Real Living Wage of £10 per hour by 2020 for all workers, whatever their age; secure full rights and regular hours for all workers and ensure full rights to trade union representation and collective bargaining; announced in Labour’s 2017 manifesto.
Announcing plans for a #MeToo workplace revolution, Jeremy Corbyn commited the next Labour government to:
- Legislating to prevent making any contractual clauses (NDAs) which stop disclosure of future discrimination, harassment or victimisation
- Doubling the timeframe within which employment tribunals can be taken
- Requiring employers to publish their sexual harassment policy and the steps being taken to implement it on their external website.
According to a Unite survey, 89 per cent of hospitality workers said they had experienced one or more incidents of sexual harassment in their working life. The same survey found that when asked whether their workplace had an anti-sexual harassment policy in place, 77 per cent said no or they did not know.
Labour’s 2017 manifesto promised to reinstate third party harassment provisions in the Equality Act, repealed by Theresa May, and give trade union equality representatives statutory rights.
On ensuring that 100 per cent of tips are retained by staff, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, said:
“Tips should be kept by the staff who earn them, not employers. It’s not fair or right that in businesses across the country, hardworking hospitality workers have had their tips pocketed by their bosses under the guise of bogus admin fees, or to cover breakages, till shortages or customer walkouts.
“Labour will make it illegal for rogue employers to make deductions from tips, so staff get to keep 100 per cent, and customers know who their money is going to.”
On a #MeToo workplace revolution, Jeremy Corbyn will said:
“Sexual harassment is a scourge in our society. Without proper rights, contracts and union representation, hospitality staff are at greater risk of being harassed and abused in their workplace.
“Labour will bring about a workplace rights revolution, so people are free to do their jobs, in the hospitality sector and beyond, without facing unacceptable behaviour and abuses of power from colleagues, clients or customers.”