Oli Cavanagh (right), co-founder, Strikepay with Mark O’Keeffe, Sugar Culture MD and Edel Kinane, Chief Growth Officer, Strikepayoutside Brown Sugar, South William Street, Dublin 2
South William Street, Dublin 2.
The announcement of a new roll-out of Strikepay – an Ireland-based ‘cashless tipping and payment solution’ enabling customers to ‘thank their service professionals directly’ by tapping a Strikepay tag worn by staff or scanning a QR code using their phone.
Strikepay says the system has has seen the ‘average value of tips paid to hairdressers, barbers, beauticians, and nail technicians increase by 79% over the past six weeks’.
A Bill to prevent employers deducting or withholding tips from employees has been passed by the Seanad despite Government opposition.
Senators voted by 25 to 14 on an amendment to the Sinn Féin National Minimum Wage (Protection of Employee Tips) Bill and then passed the Bill without a vote.
Sinn Féin Senator Paul Gavan, who introduced the legislation, rejected as “completely wrong” claims by Minister for Employment Affairs Regina Doherty that the legislation would result in tips being taxed under the PAYE system and would have knock-on negative effects on workers’ entitlements to social welfare supports.
…Independent Senator Michael McDowell sharply criticised Ms Doherty for putting a “money message” on the legislation, required for Bills that will have an impact on the exchequer.
He said it was an “absolutely threadbare and totally unacceptable suggestion” that it involves appropriating the public revenue.
Mr McDowell said that “in a society transforming itself to a cashless society it is wholly wrong that that entirely positive development is used as a licence to plunder workers’ pockets”.
There you go now.
Last Monday, before the election date was called, Ms Doherty was interviewed by Seán O’Rourke on RTÉ’s Today with Seán O’Rourke, during which she told Mr O’Rourke:
“Nobody ever reads manifestos during the election. Seán, you know that.”
I’m on Social Protection & Employment Committee & can confirm that the Gov did NOT pass a Bill to protect employee tips & indeed blocked good legislation on this by delaying money message for @paul_gavan Bill which had already passed all stages in #Seanad w. cross party support! https://t.co/eCpwe0qBcX
Communities Against Low Pay (CALP) place pickets on Dáil Éireann as the #tipsbill is being debated they also paid a visit to the Notorious Ivy Restaurant who continue to refuse to give staff their #Tips #stoptiptheft…
In the Dáil, during Leaders’ Questions which were taken by Tánaiste Simon Coveney.
Independents 4 Change TD Joan Collins was speaking about workers’ rights when she said:
“Recently, I’ve been approached by workers in a new, very swanky and expensive Ivy restaurant where the company are taking the major proportion of tips paid to staff – using these tips to make up the difference in their wages.
“I’ll give you an example. One worker signed a contract, in October, for €14.90 an hour. They’re now being paid €9.80 an hour and the difference is being made up with the tips. So this company is robbing the workers of their money and we don’t know where the rest of the money is going…it seems to be pocketed by the company.”
[The Independent4Change TD’s office confirmed Ms Collins was referring to the Ivy restaurant in Dawson Street, Dublin 2]
During his response, Mr Coveney said:
“Just on the tips issue, let me just be very clear: Any employer that calculates salary and includes tips in that figure is acting illegally. You can’t do it. Tips are separate to salary. And if there are issues the Government needs to act there: we will look at that closely.”
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One of the posts during the week prompted me to ask the Dog House restaurant in Howth as to why they tagged on 12.5% service charge to my bill on the weekend for a table for 3 (two adults and a child). I forgot about it but they just tweeted me this.
Just desserts or sour grapes? International scandal or nothing to see here?