Stop Wage Theft in Hospitality

Stop Wage Theft in Hospitality

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Unite Hospitality NI started this petition to Hospitality Bosses across Northern Ireland

Unite the Union has been hearing from workers across Belfast about the highly exploitative practices that are becoming more and more common in the Hospitality industry. From small family-run bars, local cafés and hugely profitable multinational and high street chains hardworking hospitality workers are being treated badly.

Illegal deductions of pay, unpaid trial shifts, bosses & managers pocketing hard-earned tips, unfair ‘taxes’ on staff wages for everything from their uniform to breakages and even being forced to cough up when a customer doesn’t pay their bill! This is wage theft - pure and simple.

We are campaigning to expose these rip off tip & wage scams and to name & shame employers engaing in these practices. We want to public to come behind hard working hospitality workers to challenge and banish these exploitative practices.

While it was up and running the Northern Ireland Executive failed to use its powers to do anything about this practice and a Westminster bill to outlaw unpaid shifts was blocked by the Tories last year, despite having the backing of Labour and SNP. We say the best protection from workers against these sort of exploitative practices is to join a trade union and to get organised.

  • Stop unpaid trial shifts - all work should be paid at (least) the national minimum wage
  • Stop deducting tips and wages from hardworking hospitality staff. Breakages, uniform costs, walkouts and admin fees should no be passed onto workers
  • Pay your staff the real living wage of at least £10 an hour
  • Politicians must legislate to outlaw unpaid trial shifts, increase the minimum wage and close tip scam loopholes in the law
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