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11/06/2018 - Labour pledges aid to hospitality workers

waitressLabour Leader, Jeremy Corbyn, has praised McDonald’s strikers and announced plans to protect hospitality workers.

The Labour Party leader told the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) conference in Southport that acting like the McStrikers is “what needs to be done to change our society.”
 
Telling conference that “a generation of working people are fed up with being told what they have to do,” he also presented an organising award to Lauren McCourt, a McStriker from Manchester, on behalf of the union.
 
Mr Corbyn promised  new legislation to aid hospitality staff, pledging laws to ensure staff keep 100 percent of tips.
 
A Labour government will forbid businesses will from taking a cut of customer tips offered on credit or debit cards.
 
Labour has already pledged to implement a true living wage of £10 an hour by 2020 for all workers, regardless of their age, and to ensure workers enjoy full employment and union rights, and guaranteed regular work hours.
 
Mr Corbyn also called for a “revolution” to combat sexual harassment in the workplace, telling delegates that workers must be “free” to perform their hospitality tasks without “unacceptable behaviour” and “abuses of power from colleagues, clients or customers.”
 
Mr Corbyn highlighted that, as home secretary in 2013, Theresa May repealed Section 40 of the 2010 Equality Act — which compelled employers to “take reasonable steps” against sexual harassment — Mr Corbyn announced that Labour would reinstate third-party harassment provisions.