March 29, 2022
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VICTORIA, B.C. (Territories of the lək̓ʷəŋən and W̱SÁNEĆ Peoples) – Workers across the province are now engaged in an ongoing campaign for tip-theft justice, calling on the Brew Creek Centre (BCC) for the immediate restoration of thousands in withheld ‘gratuity’ profits collected by an automatic 18% bill charge, between the dates of May, 2019 to July, 2020.
The Worker Solidarity Network engaged with the Employment Standards Branch complaint process over the course of 9 months and attempted to resolve the issue directly with Brew Creek Management, but the profits collected have not yet been restored to its current or former employees. Despite a Branch investigation confirming that the BCC had contravened the Employment Standards Act, due to the fact that the complaint was filed anonymously, policies only changed moving forward, leaving the employees out thousands in tips gathered from functions prior to pandemic closures.
“It is important that gratuity income laws in B.C. are effectively upheld, whether by the systems designed to do so, or, if required, by the general public and workers for the protection of our hard-earned tips,” said Pamela Charron with the WSN. “We hope to rectify this situation in the interest of ensuring fairness and transparency for the public of Whistler and for all workers within our Network’s membership.”
The Worker Solidarity Network consists of non-unionized and precarious workers across B.C. that advocate for our rights and interests as workers while taking collective action to improve labour standards for all.
For background information about why we are seeking to resolving this matter through a public petition and campaign please visit: WorkerSolidarity.ca/TipTheftPetition
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