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Meeting With Minister On Tips

Friday, January 15, 2016
GMB Meet On Tues 26th Jan With Minister For Business And Labour Mp To Discuss Unfair Tipping Policies At Turtle Bay And Other Restaurants

There should be a clear policy that all tips should go to workers as there is no justification for these monies going to cover costs of running restaurants says GMB.

GMB, the union for staff in the catering industry, is to meet with Stella Creasy, Labour MP for Walthamstow and Nick Bowles MP, Minister for Business, Innovation and Skills on Tuesday 26th January to discuss unfair tipping policies.

This is after GMB members protested on Friday 6th November at Turtle Bay restaurant in Ealing and Walthamstow over missing tips to staff. See notes to editors for copy of GMB press release on the protest.      

Perry Phillips, GMB Organiser, said “After the protests outside Turtle Bay restaurants in Ealing and Walthamstow on their unfair tipping policy Stella Creasy, Labour MP for Walthamstow, took up the issue in Parliament at Question Time with Nick Boles., Minister for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Nick Bowles has now agreed to meet with Stella Creasy and GMB to discuss the issue of unfair tipping policies that restaurants impose on their staff. GMB members are very appreciative of the positive role that Stella Creasy has played in raising this issue and securing this meeting.

At the meeting GMB will make clear that we want Turtle Bay to stop charging their workers 3% of the table sales they accumulate each shift that they have to give back to the restaurant manager at the end of their shift.

There should be a clear policy that all tips should go to the workers. There is no justification for these monies going to cover costs of running restaurants. These costs have to be recovered by upfront prices charged to customers.”

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Contact: Perry Phillips 07912 293 481 or 0208 202 82 72 or GMB press office 07974 251 823 or 07921 289880.

Notes to editors

GMB press release Thursday 5th November 2015 

GMB Member Protest On Friday 6th November At Turtle Bay Restaurant Walthamstow During Living Wage Week Over Missing Tips To Staff

Turtle Bay should stop charging its workers 3% of table sales accumulated each shift as part of a clear policy that all tips should go to workers says GMB

GMB, the union for workers in the catering industry, will hold a demo tomorrow Friday 6th November outside the Turtle Bay restaurant in Walthamstow to call attention to the company’s refusal to pay tips to staff. This demo is supported by local Labour MP Stella Creasy.

The purpose of the demo is to urge customers dining at Turtle Bay to pay tips directly to the staff.

Turtle Bay is continuing with its unfair tipping policy of charging waiting staff 3% of table sales at the end of every shift. Restaurant chains Las Iguanas and Pizza Express have heeded GMB’s call and have dropped their unfair tipping policy.

The details of the protest taking place during national Living Wage Week are as follows:

18.00 TO 20.00 PM on

FRIDAY 6TH NOVEMBER 2015

 outside

 TURTLE BAY RESTAURANT

269 HIGH ST 

WALTHAMSTOW E17 7FD

Perry Phillips, GMB Organiser said “GMB is calling on Turtle Bay to follow the example of restaurant chains Las Iguanas and Pizza Express which have heeded GMB’s call and have dropped their unfair tipping policy.

I am calling on managers across the Turtle Bay and Las Iguanas chains of restaurants to follow suit and stop charging their workers 3% of the table sales they accumulate each shift that they have to give back to the restaurant manager at the end of their shift.

There should be a clear policy that all tips should go to the workers. There is no justification for these monies going to cover costs of running restaurants. These costs have to be recovered by upfront prices charged to customers.”

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