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Restaurants may have to tell customers where tips go

04 November 2008 by

Restaurants could be forced to display on their menus how much of their service charge is given to waiting staff, under proposals being considered by the Government.

In an effort to improve transparency, operators would be obliged to tell diners whether their service charge is given to waiters or collected by the restaurant as an "administration charge", according to a report in The Times.

The proposal comes after government earlier this year pledged to close a loophole that allows restaurants and hotels to use service charges to top up pay rates below the minimum wage, currently £5.73 an hour, following a long-running campaign by trade unions.

Bob Cotton, chief executive of the British Hospitality Association, has said while there should be more transparency, restaurant operators should keep the right to decide what to do with tips.

Japanese noodle chain Wagamama, pre-empted the Government move in July, because it feared staff would lose out due to the negative publicity generated by the trade union campaigns.

Last month, three of the country's leading chain restaurateurs accused the Government of "punishing the many for the crimes of a few" by introducing new legislation on tips.

Speaking at an H-Talk event in London, the men behind Yo! Sushi, Lock Fyne and La Tasca warned that legislation would make the situation worse for all.

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By Kerstin KÁ¼hn

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