Dundee MSP de­mands meet­ing over un­paid restau­rant wages

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Dundee-based Labour MSP Jenny Marra has de­manded staff of the de­funct Dundee restau­rant Bras­sica are paid what they are owed.

The restau­rant closed down when staff walked out over un­paid wages, lead­ing to an ac­ri­mo­nious split be­tween the two part­ners be­hind the busi­ness, Dea McGill and Rami Sar­raf.

For­mer Bras­sica staff claim they are owed more than £28,000 in wages.

Dr Sar­raf is plan­ning to open a new restau­rant called Brasserie Ecosse in the same premises.

Ms Marra has now writ­ten to him about the wages is­sue.

She said: “I have writ­ten to the owner of Bras­sica re­quest­ing a meet­ing. Staff should be paid what they are due for the hours they have worked. This is very sim­ple.

“I hope the owner will meet with me in the next few days so we can dis­cuss how this can be re­solved and the staff can get what they are due.”

Mr Sar­raf was a silent part­ner in the Tay­one Food Lim­ited firm which ran Bras­sica. When it went into ad­min­is­tra­tion, he bought the busi­ness out­right.

Although he has of­fered for­mer Bras­sica staff jobs at his new venture, he has said they will have to go through the govern­ment in­sol­vency scheme to re­coup wages.

Dr Sar­raf is a den­tist with sev­eral prac­tices in Tay­side. Ac­cord­ing to NHS Na­tional Ser­vices Scot­land, his prac­tices re­ceived more than £400,000 for treat­ing NHS pa­tients in 2017, the sec­ond high­est sum earned by any den­tist in Tay­side.

Th­ese fig­ures are gross rather than net, which means the money is not just for salaries but also the run­ning of prac­tices.

For­mer Bras­sica staff at a protest out­side the restau­rant

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