Labour members of the European Parliament want rules introduced throughout the EU to ensure staff are not paid less than the national minimum wage of their country on the grounds that tips will take them up to that level. They will stage a debate on the issues raised by The Independent’s ‘fair tips, fair pay’ campaign on return from the summer break in September, and will urge the European Commission to bring forward proposals which would prevent restaurant staff being denied customers’ tips by their employers. The move would increase pressure on the British Government to act; the Commons will discuss the issue in October which has already seen 52 MPs from all parties signing a motion backing the campaign. The Independent 19/07/08 page 4