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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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Minimum Wage – Government crackdown underway

HM Revenue and Customs has launched a targetted enforcement excercise to crackdown on the misuse of interns, work experience and unpaid work. The initial focus has been on the fashion industry, film production and television advertising, which is quite canny, since all these sectors are highly profitable, but use loads of unpaid workers. However, the […]

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Panorama – minimum wage scams edition on Monday

Monday’s Panorama will look at low paid jobs and NMW scams (3 October 8.30 PM BBC 1). I hope that it will pick up the interns issue, as the TUC talked to the producers about in detail.

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Minimum wage increase certainly worth a cheer or two.

The National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates will increase again on Saturday 1 October. We have strong arguments for a more generous increase, especially in these time of relatively high inflation, but we should perhaps also just take a moment to celebrate the fact that every increase that has been achieved has been fought for by […]

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Ripped-off interns should have their say

Today is the last chance for interns to have their say in the survey organised by campaign group Interns Anonymous. Please fill in today if you are, or have been an intern. You can find the survey here:  http://internsanonymous.co.uk/ The BBC  Panorama programme also wants to hear from those who have been wrongly denied the National Minimum […]

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