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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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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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Interns meeting packs the hall last night as Labour Party gets on the case in streatham.

I spoke at a packed Labour Party meeting in Streatham Hill last night along with James Mills from the Unite Parliamentary Branch and Ben Lyons from the Intern Aware campaign.  Local Labour’s David Hodges was in the chair – you may know him as a prominent campaigner against the abolition of the EMA. Liveliest constituency debate […]

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Clegg makes internships fairer – we hope.

Deputy Prime Minster Nick Clegg announced today that 100 big companies had signed the Government’s Business Compact. on Social Mobility, which includes a commitment to fair access to internships, which includes a commitment to advertise internships and recruit fairly. When it comes to the minimum wage, the wording of the announcement could be more helpful, […]

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Rights for Interns: up and running

The TUC launched its Rights for Interns website this morning (Friday 26th March). The launch coincides with the TUC Young Members Conference taking place in Birmingham this weekend.  This timing is quite apt, given that Rights for Interns forms a key part of our wider Next Generation campaign which aims to secure a better deal […]

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