CONTROVERSY: Clarity expected on whether waiters get the money left by customers as tips
Sajid Javid has vowed to stop restaurant bosses pocketing the service charge intended for waiters as part of a crackdown on ‘tipping abuse’.
The business secretary said the government would speak with senior figures in the industry over a code of practice so more of the money ends up with waiters, bar staff and kitchen workers.
Javid said: “When a diner leaves a tip, they rightly expect it to go to staff, in full.
“I’m concerned about recent reports suggesting that some restaurants pocket tips for themselves.
“That’s just not right.”
It comes after investigations into restaurant chains such as Côte found that the money is held by the company instead of being used to boost staff’s pay.
Côte said it pays staff around £7.50-£8 an hour, above the minimum wage of £6.50 for over-21s.