Jeremy Corbyn promises new laws to protect hospitality workers
Speaking at the Bakers Union (BFAWU) conference in Southport, Jeremy Corbyn is set to promise a raft of new policies to protect hospitality workers from rogue employers.
Research from Unite Hospitality has found that 89 per cent of hospitality workers have suffered from sexual harassment from clients or coworkers, showing the acute nature of the problem. Corbyn has is set to promise a raft of sweeping reforms, including:
- An end to non-disclosure agreements which ban disclosure of sexual harassment
- Doubling the length of time in which employment tribunals can take place
- Forcing employers to state clearly and publicly their sexual employment procedures on their website
The Labour leader called for a #MeToo workplace revolution, stating:
“Sexual harassment is a scourge in our society. Without proper rights, contracts and union representation, hospitality staff are at greater risk of being harassed and abused in their workplace.
“Labour will bring about a workplace rights revolution, 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.”
He also laid out how Labour would bring rogue employers into line and ensure that all tips stayed with the workers who earned them. This is a chronic problem, with employers often taking surcharges of 15 per cent, or using tips to cover the cost of breakages. Corbyn is expected to say:
“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, or 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 per cent, and customers know who their money is going to.”