Union boss arrested following Harrods tips protest

Protesters gathered outside Harrods yesterday over the company's tips policy
Protesters gathered outside Harrods yesterday over the company's tips policy
Natalie Bloomer By

The leader of the United Voices of the World Union (UVW) was arrested last night, following a protest at Harrods over the company's tips policy.

His is the most high profile arrest out of the six which took place during and after the demonstration.

The Metropolitan police confirmed that a 47 year-old man was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage, while a 29 year-old man, a 26 year-old woman and a 32 year-old man were arrested on suspicion of common assault. All four remain in custody at a central London police station.

In addition, police say that an 18-year-old man has now accepted a caution for discharging a flare and a 51-year-old woman has been charged with obstructing police and criminal damage.


A UVW official told Politics.co.uk that one of the arrests relates to the union's general secretary, Petros Elias.

Tensions have been growing at Harrods over its tips policy, with growing anger from workers over a company policy allowing it to keep at least 50% of the service charge left by customers. Sources say the real figure could be as high as 75%.

In a meeting last week, management promised to reform the system and make it more transparent, but it also struck a tough note with staff, insisting that its tips policy was legal and that they could find work elsewhere if they were unable to accept it.

Natalie Bloomer is a journalist for Politics.co.uk. You can follow her on Twitter here.

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