Dundee MSP demands meeting over unpaid restaurant wages
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