News

Once the voice of the more civilised wing of the party, the think-tank is now firmly in the Let’s Get Nasty Again tendency

New law separates tips from pay

New laws come into force today making it illegal for bars, restaurants and hotels to use tips to make up minimum pay.

Restaurant chain in service charge U-turn

One of the country's leading restaurant chains has abandoned its 12.5 per cent service charge in a move that hands back control of tipping to diners.

Leading article: Tipping point

As this newspaper has long pointed out in its "fair tips, fair pay" campaign, restaurants in this country have a special genius for abusing the system of customer gratuities intended for serving staff. Some managements use them to top up waiters' wages to the minimum wage. Others cream off a percentage for themselves. Only a minority have a policy, clear to diners when they pay their bill, on where the tips end up.

Simon Carr: Labour's campaign may end in their coming third

He's always having to make "the speech of his life". He never does but he's always back for another go. Then he's given "until Christmas" by his enemies but he reappears in the New Year being indomitable. Face like dog food but dressed and ready to "meet and master" the challenges of staying in office. Before he stood up today his Government was polling below the Liberals. Maybe I will be rewarded for having dared to dream the impossible dream.

Five year pledge on minimum wage

The Prime Minister today pledged to increase the national minimum wage every year for the next five years.

Cruddas breaks ranks to demand tax rises

Influential backbencher says taxing the wealthy would regain momentum for Labour

CBI to unveil plans to rein in jobless total

Industry chiefs to demand that ministers implement alternative to redundancy

Lone parent policy reform 'successful'

Government policies to help lone parents and reduce the levels of poverty their children live under have been successful, according to a report by academics at the universities of Bath and Bristol.

Victory for <i>Independent</i> in fair tips campaign

Proposals to stop restaurants creaming off tips to pay basic wages are being announced today.

Victory in fight to allow staff to keep diners' tips

Restaurants will soon be required to tell diners whether their tips go straight to staff, in a victory for The Independent's "fair tips, fair pay" campaign.

Senior MPs urge change of direction

Two senior Labour MPs have issued stark warnings that their party will be defeated at the next general election unless it radically changes direction.

Restaurant customers should be told where tips go, minister says

The Business Secretary, John Hutton, will announce today that restaurants will no longer be allowed to pay below the minimum wage of £5.52 per hour and make up the difference using tips and service charges.

Leading article: An important victory. But there are more battles ahead

For a decade, ever since the Government introduced the minimum wage, the restaurant business in this country has made a mockery of its provisions through the shameless abuse of the tipping system. What restaurants up and down the country have been doing is using the cash that customers leave behind as extras for deserving staff in order make up those same workers' minimum wages. Tips, in other words, have become an excuse not to pay staff a decent wage – a means of a subsiding the £5.52-per-hour (up from £3.60) required under the 1998 Act.

Victory for fair tips campaign as ministers act

The Government is to outlaw the practice under which restaurants pay staff less than the national minimum wage and make up the rest in tips, following The Independent's "fair tips, fair pay" campaign.

Ethical seafood restaurant uses tips to pay the minimum wage

A group of fish and seafood restaurants usually renowned for its ethically and environmentally aware practices was condemned by unions yesterday, after it emerged that it pays its staff at rates below the minimum wage.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Independent Travel
Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence – Five-star MS Swiss Corona 7 nights from £999pp
Lake Como St Moritz & the Bernina Express 7 nights from £809pp
Vietnam
Lake Maggiore, Orta & the Matterhorn 7 nights from £939pp
South Africa
Spain
Prices correct as of 19 December 2014
A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

Who remembers that this week we enter the 150th anniversary year of the end of the American Civil War, asks Robert Fisk
Downfall of Dustin 'Screech' Diamond, the 'Saved By The Bell' star charged with bar stabbing

Scarred by the bell

The downfall of the TV star charged with bar stabbing
Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Security breaches and overhyped start-ups dominated a year in which very little changed (save the size of your phone)
Cuba's golf revolution: But will the revolutionary nation take 'bourgeois' game to its heart?

Will revolutionary Cuba take 'bourgeois' golf to its heart?

Fidel Castro ridiculed the game – but now investment in leisure resort projects is welcome
Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog
War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Many flyers are failing to claim compensation to which they are entitled, a new survey has found
The stories that defined 2014: From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions

The stories that defined 2014

From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions
Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

Disaster looming? Now you know where to head...

Which British city has become the first to be awarded special 'resilience' status by the UN?
Finally, a diet that works: Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced

Finally, a diet that works

Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced
Say it with... lyrics: The power of song was never greater, according to our internet searches

Say it with... lyrics

The power of song was never greater, according to our internet searches
Professor Danielle George: On a mission to bring back the art of 'thinkering'

The joys of 'thinkering'

Professor Danielle George on why we have to nurture tomorrow's scientists today
Monique Roffey: The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections

Monique Roffey interview

The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections
Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Their outrageousness and originality makes the world a bit more interesting, says Ellen E Jones