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Labour announce policies on sexual harassment and tip cutting in the hospitality sector

Addressing an audience at the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) conference, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn announced that the party would make it illegal for business owners to take cuts from tips earned by staff, if the party were to be elected.

Corbyn explained that the law would also cover cuts taken from debit and credit card tips, ‘optional’ service charges and ‘admin’ charges on tips received via card machines.

Corbyn explained: “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, 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%, and customers know who their money is going to.”

Sexual Harrassment Policy

At the conference, Corbyn also addressed sexual harassment in the hospitality sector and beyond. He claimed that Labour would ban the use of non-disclosure agreements which silence victims and work to make it easier for sexual harassment victims to take their employers to a tribunal.

“Labour will bring about a workplace rights revolution,” said Corbyn. “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.”

The party policy would make it compulsory for bosses to declare their policies for preventing workplace harassment and double the timeframe that allows victims to bring forward their tribunal cases. Publication of sexual harassment policies would also be compulsory, should the party be successful at election.

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