Wicklow Sinn Féin TD John Brady has encouraged all party support for the Protection of Employee Tips Bill which he will move in the Dáil at second stage this evening.
The bill seeks to provide catering employees with a right to receive their tips and would force businesses to clearly display their tipping policy on their premises.
However, Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection Regina Doherty recently said in the Dáil recently that her party would likely vote against the introduction of the bill.
Speaking ahead of the second stage this evening, Brady said “This is a simple bill which aims to do two important things. Firstly, it gives employees a legal right to their tips and, secondly, it ensures that restaurants, bars and hotels are obliged to display their tipping policy for customers to see.
“It received unanimous support in the Seanad at second and committee stages but unfortunately, at the eleventh hour, Fine Gael decided to oppose it at final stage,” said Brady.
Brady was thankful that the bill managed to pass the first stage, and has urged Regina Doherty and Fine Gael to work with the rest of the house in ensuring employees receive their entitlements.
“It did pass however and I am happy to say that I will move it at second stage in the Dáil this evening during Sinn Féin’s Private Members’ Time.
“It did pass however and I am happy to say that I will move it at second stage in the Dáil this evening during Sinn Féin’s Private Members’ Time,” concluded Brady.