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TUC Policy Officer

Fashion Industry Cutting Ties with National Minimum Wage Law

Rights for Interns has just received a brand new report exposing NMW abuse in the fashion industry. This was written by three law finalists at the University of Warwick. Spokesperson Julie Mansuy told us that: “over the past six months we have undertaken a human rights project aimed at tackling the issue of unpaid internships […]

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Complaining about no-pay works – companies ordered to pay 167 interns.

HMRC enforces the UK minimum wage. They have recently published the latest enforcement numbers. Arcadia and eight other firms were ordered to pay a total of 167 unpaid interns after investigation by HMRC.  The companies faced a bill for back-pay and penalties to HMRC of nearly £200,000. HMRC have only started to target internships in […]

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Grayling defends new London work experience scheme – but are interns replacing paid employees?

Chris Grayling defended the Government’s position on work experience in a speech at the right-leaning think tank Policy Exchange on Tuesday, announcing a new project in London making young people do free work for their benefits, and criticising the “Polly Toynbee left” (a rather dismissive way of referring to all of us plus most other […]

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Milburn report – time to end the “voluntary approach” to interns

The 2009 Milburn report recommended a review after 3 years to see whether new laws were needed (see rec19,p75 in the 2012 report). I think that the key point is that better enforcement of existing law is needed. Not just on the NMW, but also on key issues like recruitment and selection.

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Social mobility tsar calls for internships to “no longer be treated as part of the informal economy”

I’ve just been catching up with Government Social Mobility Tsar Alan Milburn’s new report “Fair Access to Professional Careers”, which was publ;ished by the Cabinet Office on 31 March (see link below). Mr Milburn, an ex Labour Minister, had previously conducted a similar exercise  for the last Government. Alan has picked up that some internships have […]

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NUS victory

A victory for the NUS – good work! “The National Union of Students (NUS) today welcomed the decision by Arcadia to retrospectively pay interns who had previously been unpaid but has continued its actions against other companies that exploit unpaid labour with a protest outside the Calvin Klein store on Regent Street in London.” (NUS […]

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Fair Internships campaign launch

Yesterday’s launch of the joint NUS/ TUC campaign for Fair Internships played to a packed room of more than 120 people here at Congress House. More details of the campaign here, including briefing and downloadable poster: http://www.nus.org.uk/en/campaigns/citizenship/unpaid-internships-we-cant-work-for-free/unpaid-internships-campaign-launch/ Frances O’Grady (TUC DGS) said: “Whether they are unscrupulous or genuinely unaware of the rules, too many employers […]

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PhD Studentship in Internships and the Labour Market

Portsmouth Business School are currently advertising a  3-year PHD post studying internships. This is a good project, so if you fancy an academic career, or if you know somebody looking for an interesting PHD subject with a grant to live on, then read on  …………  The studentship will cover tuition fees and an annual grant equivalent to that offered by […]

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TUC/ NUS campaign for fair internships launch -13 Feb

TUC/NUS Campaign for Fair Internships Launch Date Mon, 13 Feb 2012 Time to from 11:00 to 13:30 Location TUC, Congress House, London Cost – The event is free to attend but pre-registration is required. Description The TUC and NUS are launching a year of campaign activity for fairer and better internships. The event will mark […]

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Graduate salaries expected to rise in 2012 but recruitment will fall slightly.

A survey of member of the Association of Graduate Recruiters suggests that average starting salaries should rise from £25,000 to £26,000. If this 4% increase comes to pass then it will be the first increase since 2009. The bi-annual survey of more than 200 AGR members – who recruited 21,000 graduates last year – also […]

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