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Tip? A pointless discussion

ARD presenter Anja Reschke. "Nobody wants to work in the catering industry anymore? No wonder,” tweeted, she was kicking off the tipping debate again. The debate is meaningless as long as better wages are not paid. Right now, with inflation and skyrocketing prices, real wages have fallen extremely. Right now, however, the costs for companies have of course increased enormously, so that smaller companies in particular cannot afford higher wage costs.

"The fact that we talk about it at all (tips) because wages are too low is symptomatic of a labor market in which there is a fundamental lack of respect for service professions."

Taz 08/04/2022

The Bremen Senator for Economic Affairs Vogt drew the anger of the gastronomy because she made a comment that I can only agree with.

"Vogt spoke to Radio Bremen last weekend about the current shortage of skilled workers. And the cause of the misery was not just Corona and demographic development, but also home-made problems in certain sectors. So the lack of staff in gastronomy and air traffic comes as no surprise. Here there are often only mini jobs or badly paid jobs. People would have preferred to look for jobs with better working conditions. Anyone who continues to rely on mini-jobs, such as gastronomy, will have a problem in the long run.”

Weser Kurier 08/23/2022

Many who have benefited from exploiting the staff for years felt like they were being stepped on.

It is also "quite weird" to "stir up" the shortage of skilled workers and mini-jobs. No one can seriously believe that the catering industry offers mini-jobs to trained hotel and restaurant professionals. Skilled workers are employed subject to social security contributions, and in the meantime in the majority of companies even with pay that exceeds the collective agreement

Weser Kurier 08/23/2022

They may not offer mini-jobs to the trained workers, but the wages in gastronomy, aviation and care are so low that it is hardly worth working in these professions. Unpaid overtime and poor working hours are not even mentioned here. Instead of getting upset, those responsible in the hotel and catering industry should ensure fair wages, then they don't have to be upset once a politician accidentally tells the truth.

But since cheap jobs are also popular with politicians, Interior Minister Faeser has other proposals that will not solve the problem.

“Easier job market access planned for foreign workers in hospitality"

aghz / dpa Monday, July 04, 2022

That this only ends in wage dumping is clear to everyone who thinks about this statement for a moment. That's why Mrs. Faeser added:

In addition, it must be clear that this is not about wage dumping, but "about good, collectively agreed jobs that people can live on." Aghz July 4th, 2022

Tariff-bound jobs that people can live on? Exactly not.

Well then everything is clear.

It only remains to mention the classic of all sentences that everyone in the catering industry has probably heard who asked for a little more money. "But you also get tips!" So it has nothing to do with the salary? Understood!

Author: Stephan Busch, for many years Academic Director at the State University for the Humanities Moscow RGGU, Faculty of Tourism & Hospitality and the Swiss International University earned his Master Certificate in Hospitality Management from Cornell University, USA. He has a diverse experience in launching operations, business development and service training- for hotel and cruise companies in Asia, Europe, Canada and Russia.,

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