Ireland - Restaurant tips are not wage - June 1, 2019

It is illegal for companies to use tips as part of an employee’s minimum wage but it is not illegal for them to use tips as part of a stated salary above that. In an attempt to put an end to tips being used as part of the wage, part of the new collective agreement a pledge to be signed by hotel and restaurant owners that they will not use the proceeds of tips to subsidise part of an employee’s wage. The government has stated that it is considering to amend existing laws if the new collective agreement does not solve the issue.

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For more information, please contact Sanne van der Gaag or Sjaak van der Velden, De Burcht (Scientific Bureau for the Dutch Trade Union Movement) sannevandergaag@deburcht.org or the Head of communications at the ETUI, Steve Coulter scoulter@etui.org. For previous full issues of the Collective bargaining newsletter please visit www.etui.org/E-Newsletters/Collective-bargaining-newsletter or consult the archive with all articles in our database at www.cbnarchive.eu. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org.


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