The Reading / Listening - Tipping - Level 2

UK restaurants will soon have to give all tips to their staff. There are new plans to make it illegal for restaurants to keep tips given by customers. Many restaurants keep most of the tips customers add to their credit card payments or put in tip jars. Some restaurants use tips to pay workers. Many people in England are angry about this. Restaurant workers are some of the lowest paid staff in Britain. Many of them rely on tips to survive. The food and drink industry in the UK is huge. Over 150,000 hotels, bars and restaurants employ about two million people.



Many waiting staff are happy with the new law. They are fed up with international chain restaurants keeping the money from tips. The staff said restaurant managers often use the tips to help pay chefs and kitchen staff. Workers at one restaurant chain went on strike earlier this year because of low pay. The new law would make sure restaurant workers are treated fairly. It will make sure that workers get to keep all of their tips. The restaurant industry said a new law was unnecessary because the industry makes sure working conditions are fair.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Tipping - Level 0 Tipping - Level 1   or  Tipping - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/business-45701799
  • https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/restaurants-banned-hoarding-staff-tips-13337865
  • https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/oct/01/tories-to-ban-restaurant-owners-taking-tips


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. plans to make it
  2. keep tips given by
  3. credit card
  4. use tips
  5. some of the lowest
  6. Many of them rely
  7. The food and drink
  8. restaurants employ about
  1. payments
  2. paid staff
  3. two million people
  4. customers
  5. to pay workers
  6. industry
  7. illegal
  8. on tips

Paragraph 2

  1. They are fed
  2. use the tips to help pay
  3. restaurant
  4. restaurant workers are treated
  5. workers get to keep
  6. The restaurant
  7. the industry makes
  8. working
  1. industry
  2. fairly
  3. sure
  4. chefs
  5. conditions
  6. chain
  7. all of their tips
  8. up

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

UK restaurants will soon have to give (1) ___________________ their staff. There are new plans (2) ___________________ illegal for restaurants to keep (3) ___________________ customers. Many restaurants keep most of the tips customers add to their credit card payments or (4) ___________________ jars. Some restaurants use tips to pay workers. Many people in England are angry about this. Restaurant workers are some (5) ___________________ paid staff in Britain. Many of them (6) ___________________ to survive. The food and drink industry in the UK is huge. Over 150,000 hotels, bars and restaurants employ about two million people.

Many waiting staff are happy (7) ___________________ law. They are (8) ___________________ international chain restaurants keeping the money from tips. The staff said restaurant managers often use the tips to (9) ___________________ and kitchen staff. Workers at one restaurant chain went on strike earlier this year because (10) ___________________. The new law would make sure restaurant workers are treated fairly. It will make sure that workers (11) ___________________ all of their tips. The restaurant industry said a new law was unnecessary because the industry makes sure working (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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anstomakeitillegalforrestaurantstokeeptipsgivenbycustomers.Man
yrestaurantskeepmostofthetipscustomersaddtotheircreditcardpay
mentsorputintipjars.Somerestaurantsusetipstopayworkers.Manyp
eopleinEnglandareangryaboutthis.Restaurantworkersaresomeofth
elowestpaidstaffinBritain.Manyofthemrelyontipstosurvive.Thefood
anddrinkindustryintheUKishuge.Over150,000hotels,barsandrestau
rantsemployabouttwomillionpeople.Manywaitingstaffarehappywith
thenewlaw.Theyarefedupwithinternationalchainrestaurantskeeping
themoneyfromtips.Thestaffsaidrestaurantmanagersoftenusethetip
stohelppaychefsandkitchenstaff.Workersatonerestaurantchainwen
tonstrikeearlierthisyearbecauseoflowpay.Thenewlawwouldmakesu
rerestaurantworkersaretreatedfairly.Itwillmakesurethatworkersget
tokeepalloftheirtips.Therestaurantindustrysaidanewlawwasunnece
ssarybecausetheindustrymakessureworkingconditionsarefair.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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Free writing

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Answers

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