Regulation

Jeremy Corbyn to clamp down on sexual harassment in hospitality and employers taking tips

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has made a pledge to make easier for victims of sexual harassment in the hospitality sector to take their companies to an employment tribunal.

Corbyn will also look to ban the use of non-disclosure agreements against victims of sexual assaults and make it compulsory for companies to disclose their anti-harassment policies..

He also wants to make it illegal for employers to take any tips given to hospitality workers.

In a speech to the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) conference in Southport on Sunday (10 June), Corbyn said: “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.

He added: “Labour will make it illegal for rogue employers to make deductions from tips, so staff get to keep 100%, and customers know who their money is going to.

“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.”

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