Harrods protest, 8 arrested: media outrage continues at Qatar royal’s theft of restaurant tips

UPDATED JAN 10: Protesters from the United Voices of the World Union (UVW), workers and sympathisers blockaded Harrods and Brompton Road to draw attention to the fact that the service charge added to Harrods restaurant bills went in to the pockets of the owners, the Qatari royal family, not to the waiters and restaurant staff.

Harrods – and its Qatari royal owners – continue to take a fine beating across the international media for allowing this: more protests are being planned…

All those arrested have now been released on police bail conditions that they do not go within 50 metres of Harrods.

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Architects for Social Housing: Harrods and the Social Cleansing of London
There was a disproportionately large police presence last Saturday at the United Voices of the World demonstration at Harrods Department Store. The protest was called in support of 450 waiters and chefs demanding they receive 100 per cent of their tips from customers, rather than the 25 per cent they are currently receiving, which reduces the salary of each member of staff by up to £5,000 per year. To put this in context, this theft of up to 75 per cent of staff tips by management comes in a year when Harrods announced that their pre-tax profits for 2015-16 had increased by 19 percent to £168 million, sales had risen by 4 per cent to £1.4 billion, and the owners had just paid themselves a juicy £100.1 million dividend… full article here

RealMedia: Watch: Harrods waiters’ tips protest – 7th January 2017
In an opaque press release, Harrods claims it has been reviewing the tronc system for several months and is directly engaging with staff on the issue, but waiters have seen their tips go down over the years, while Harrods has reported record profits for four years running. Harrods is owned by the richest family on the planet, the Qatari Royal Family. Protest group ‘Class War’ supported the protest, and protesters vowed to keep returning to Harrods with various actions over the coming weeks until the store agrees to pass all customers’ tips onto the staff… full article here

Daily Fail: ‘I’ve put 500 of these beauties all over your shop!’ Angry protester hides hundreds of handwritten notes in Harrods – claiming the luxury store is ‘stealing’ its waiters’ tips A female protester has left 500 handwritten notes for customers in Harrods claiming that the luxury Knightsbridge store is ‘stealing’ tips from its waiting staff. Lisa Mckenzie took to Twitter to share the news that she had deposited 500 of the notes around the London shop on Sunday, following protests outside Harrods a day earlier. The missives claim that Harrods is mistreating staff by taking around 75 per cent of service charges paid by customers in the 16 cafes and restaurants in the flagship store… full article here

The Canary: Chaos at Harrods, as the dark side of Britain’s luxury department store is revealed
On Saturday 7 January, a group of demonstrators brought Knightsbridge in London to a standstill. They were protesting the treatment of staff by luxury department store Harrods. The protesters made some very serious accusations, surrounding the alleged ‘theft’ of millions of pounds in tips. And the police on the day also came under fire for what one protester called “over the top” policing… full article here

The Mirror: ‘It’s a disgrace!’: Furious Harrods employees demonstrate outside famous London store in row over tips
Demonstrators have taken to the streets of Knightsbridge, London, after furious staff claimed Harrods keeps up to 75 per cent of their tips… full article here

The S*n: ‘STOP STEALING OUR TIPS’ Furious Harrods staff protest outside famous store demanding they are paid more tips
PROTESTERS barricaded the doors of Harrods this afternoon as staff claimed the Kightsbridge store keeps up to 75 per cent of staff’s tips. People carried banners demanded the famous store “stop stealing our tips” as part of the dispute. The famous store had its doors barricaded by furious staff protesting against workers’ tips… full article here

Evening Standard: ‘It’s a disgrace!’: Furious Harrods employees demonstrate outside famous London store in row over tips
Demonstrators have taken to the streets of Knightsbridge, London, after furious staff claimed Harrods keeps up to 75 per cent of their tips. Roads in Knightsbridge were blocked after crowds of chefs and waiters protested outside Harrods in a row over workers’ tips. One person was arrested after a smoke bomb was set off as demonstrators held banners and chanted demands for a fairer deal from the iconic London store.

The protest was led by union the United Voices of the World who claim the high-end department store pockets up to 75 per cent of tips left in its restaurants – working out as £5,000 a year… full article here

BBC: Two arrested in protest over tips for Harrods waiters
Two people were arrested after a smoke bomb was let off during a protest outside Harrods department store.
The protest, which blocked roads in the Knightsbridge area of central London, was organised by the union that represents hospitality workers in the store as part of a row over tips. The United Voices of the World (UVW) union complained that Harrods was keeping 75% of the cash left by diners…. full article here

Telegraph: Two arrested over Harrods’ tips protest after smoke bomb let off
7 JANUARY: Two people were arrested after a smoke bomb was let off during a protest outside Harrods department store. Dozens of the firm’s restaurant workers demonstrated outside the store, which blocked roads in the Knightsbridge area of central London, over a dispute over tips… full article here

We must bare our buttocks outside the Emporiums where the wealthy shop, March 2015


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