Category Archives: Unions and interns

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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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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Court battle could spell good news for unpaid interns

Entertainment union BECTU recently helped one of their members to a landmark court victory, which could have wide implications for companies seeking to avoid paying interns. Here’s part of a report from Tribune Magazine in December 2009: Nicola Vetta’s dispute with London Dreams Motion Pictures, a film company which specialises in “rom-coms”, began as a […]

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