1647 was the union Branch that launched the high profile Fair Tips campaign. It was at a meeting of the branch that a decision was voted on to campaign against the regulation which allowed employers to count workers' tips towards the calculation of the National Minumum Wage.
Branch members were loud and vocal on this issue. We picketed restaurants were tips were being used to pay Minumum Wage, we met with Members of Parliament, we raised petirions, we exposed bad practice in the press.
In the end we won a victory. We changed the law and made it unlawful for tips to be included in the Minimum Wage. We learned that when workers are loud and vocal and active they can win.
Today we continue to challenge and expose bad practice by our employers when it come tips, tronc and service charge.