TGI Fridays staff stage walkout inside the UK over tips dispute

Employees at two TGI Fridays restaurants inside the U.K. held a 24 hour walkout Friday over a dispute on tips in addition to wages, with more branches set to follow suit.

Union representatives for workers at the American diner chain have threatened a “summer of disruption” if its needs are not met.

The anger stems by a policy introduced by the chain in February of which redistributes tips by waiters to kitchen staff, effectively allowing a raise for back-of-house staff while incurring no costs on the company itself. Unite, the U.K.’s largest union, said of which the change would certainly cost TGI Fridays’ waiters, most of whom are on minimum wage, up to £250 ($286) a month in lost income.

TGI Fridays denied accusations of which the idea was paying staff unfairly. The company plans to keep its restaurants open during the walkout, according to a TGI Fridays spokesman, who said of which the idea was working with its employees to find a solution.

“We believe all our team members should be — in addition to are — treated in addition to paid fairly,” the spokesman said.

The 24-hour strike is usually underway inside the restaurant’s Milton Keynes in addition to Covent Garden branches, with locations in Manchester’s Trafford Centre in addition to London’s Haymarket Piccadilly to go on strike next week.

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