‘The Ivy Dublin – Serving Staff Exploitation’

This evening, Thursday 14th of March, a number of workers, trade unionists and activists gathered at the Ivy Restaurant in a direct action to highlight ‘tip theft’ occurring of workers tips. A ‘menu’ of workplace issues that have been reported by past and present staff was read aloud to customers and management which included issues with contacted pay and break times and more.

Raising the issue in the Dáil, Joan Collins TD said “I have been approached recently by workers in the new, swanky and expensive restaurant, The Ivy, where the company is taking the major proportion of tips paid to staff to make up the difference in their wages.”

Deputy Collins continued “As an example, one worker signed a contract last October for €14.90 an hour. This person is now being paid €9.80 an hour, and the difference is being made up from the tips. This company is robbing the workers of their money.”

Information leaflets were distributed with people commenting on being shocked that such practices would be carried out by a restaurant. While this direct action raised the issue in central Dublin, it was noted the act of ‘tip theft’ was happening across Ireland and impacting thousands of workers. A Bill directly addressing this issue has come through the Seanad on this issue, and will be put before the Dáil in the coming weeks.