MP’s praise as tips abuse outlawed

BO’NESS Labour MP Michael Connarty has welcomed the UK Government’s announcement to outlaw the practice of using customer tips to pay the minimum wage to staff.

This will give thousands of workers fair wages, will ensure a fair and level playing field for employers, and boost consumer confidence in the use of tips.

Mr Connarty said: “This is great news for hard-working, low-paid staff. I first introduced a Bill on this 6 years ago and it has been a long struggle, but this is an excellent day for tens of thousands of Scots who work in the service industry.

“Customers can now be confident that when they get good service any tips they leave will go to the staff.

“It is important that the rules will apply to tips, service charges, cover charges and so on.

“Tips should be there as discretionary payment from a customer to the staff because of the service they get, not as a means of employers avoiding the minimum wage.”

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