I was delighted to organise a press conference this morning which heard from former Ivy worker, Julia Marciniak, who explained how the luxury restaurant on Dublin’s Dawson Street withheld tips from low-paid workers on the Minimum Wage. The event was held in support of Senator Paul Gavan’s National Minimum Wage (Protection of Employee Tips) Bill 2017, which last week passed the Seanad.

When I first met a group of workers from The Ivy restaurant on Dawson Street I was shocked by what they told me. It was not just a question of low pay and not receiving their tips; there was a complete lack of respect for the staff on the part of a very aggressive employer.

Passing this Bill would be a signal to employers that this sharp practice is unacceptable. More importantly, it would be a signal to some of the most exploited members of the workforce that they are not alone and powerless. Hopefully, it would encourage them to join a union and get organised. The Bill has widespread support in the Seanad and I look forward to the same level of support for it in the Dáil tonight. I hope it will be passed with the Government’s support.

In Attendance:

Cllr Cieran Perry – Communities Against Low Pay,
Brendan Ogle – Unite the Union, Republic of Ireland: Senior Officer,
Joan Collins TD, 
Julia Marciniak – Former Ivy Employee and Stop Tip Theft campaigner, 
Senator Paul Gavan

Unite The Union Post: https://unitetheunionireland.org/2019/06/18/former-ivy-worker-details-process-of-tip-theft-at-luxury-restaurant/

Irish Times Interview With Former Ivy restaurant waitress and Unite member Julia Marciniak and Brendan Ogle: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/former-ivy-waitress-says-tip-theft-rife-in-restaurant-industry-1.3929533