Labour Research July 2018


Restaurant tips strike

Workers at TGI Fridays restaurants, who have taken four days of strike action over tips and minimum wage issues, delivered a letter to business secretary Greg Clark last month warning that the government’s failure to crack down on tipping abuses as promised has let rogue bosses off the hook. 

In the letter, the members of the Unite union, outline how TGI Fridays’ decision to redistribute 40% of tips paid on a card from waiting staff to the kitchen teams — a move that is costing waiters £250 a month in lost wages — is about the firm clawing back the cost of increases to the National Living Wage.

Unite intends to hold a consultative ballot of all union members from across the chain’s 82 restaurants as part of plans to broaden the strike action.