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Legislation to protect waiting staff

31 July 2008

Tips will no longer be allowed to be used to make up minimum wages for catering staff, under proposals announced by the UK Government.

Business Secretary John Hutton said the change would be implemented next year after a consultation period. Employers will have to pay staff the minimum wage - £5.52 per hour for over-21s, due to rise to £5.73 in October - without relying on tips from customers.

The new rules also propose that customers should be advised how tips are distributed.

Mr Hutton said there were hundreds of thousands of people in the UK working in jobs where tipping was common, and those who tipped had a right to know where the money was going.

The Unite union said workers in restaurants, hotels and bars across the country had waited a long time for such legislation.