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TGI Fridays rocked by second day of strike action

PRESSURE is mounting on TGI Fridays as scores of the fast-food chain’s workers take strike action today for the second Friday in a row.

Waiting staff will walk out in Milton Keynes, the Trafford Centre in Manchester and London’s Piccadilly and Covent Garden branches.

The strike, sparked by alleged failures to pay the legal minimum wage and misallocation of tips, is the first by the US-based company’s workers in Britain.

Unite accuses management of refusing to engage with the workforce over its decision to take 40 per cent of tips from front-of-house staff to boost the wages of low-paid kitchen workers.

Some staff are paid as little as £5.90 an hour, research by the union shows.

Unite regional officer Dave Turnbull said that TGI Fridays “should be paying workers a wage they can live on, not robbing the tips from one group of low-waged workers to pay off another.”

A TGI Fridays spokesperson said the firm “regrets”  that the strike is happening.

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