Kerry TDs Ferris and Griffin Clash on Employee Tips Bill

Minister Brendan Griffin, TD and Martin Ferris, TD on opposite sides of the National Minimum Wage / Protection of Employee Tips Bill.  Photographs: John Reidy

Kerry Sinn Féin TD Martin Ferris has hit out at local Fine Gael TD., Brendan Griffin who is set to vote against a bill today, which aims to give hospitality workers in Kerry a legal right to the tips they earn.

This is a simple but important piece of legislation and an important step forward in strengthening workers’ rights,” said Deputy Ferris.

A Money Message

Fine Gael is the only party who have said that it will be voting against the National Minimum Wage / Protection of Employee Tips bill.

Party members have even gone as far as to say they will request for a ‘Money Message’ to be applied to it.

The only message this gives out is that Fine Gael doesn’t have any respect for people in low paid work, and it is a typical Fine Gael delay tactic.

Levels of Exploitation

Hospitality workers are often on low pay and suffer disproportionate levels of exploitation in the workplace.

Most people are surprised to learn that workers don’t have a legal right to the tips they earn. This is a huge problem that can be fixed easily and quickly.

Sinn Féin’s Bill ensures that workers’ tips are given legal protection by making it illegal for an employer to withhold or deduct them.

Tipping Policy Display

“It also requires businesses to display their tipping policy so that customers know how tips are distributed.

The many hospitality workers in Kerry deserve their dues, they deserve fair treatment, they deserve their wages and they deserve their tips. 

“I am calling on Fine Gael’s TD, Brendan Griffin to reconsider his position and support this Bill,” Deputy Ferris concluded.

If you’d like to see were the various party members stand on this particular bill you can read their views with a click on the link here:

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