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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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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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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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Shooting Yourself in the Foot?

I had a really interesting and enjoyable evening at the BECTU’s ‘Shooting Yourself in the Foot’ event at the University of London Union last week. There wasn’t a spare seat in the house as Martin Spence and Bennetta Adamson of BECTU took on Jess Search and Chris Jones from the jobs site Shooting People to […]

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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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Barbara Ellen calls it wrong on interns

Those of you who missed Barbara Ellen’s bizarre column on interns in The Observer can catch it here. As ill thought out as the argument is, it’s worth visiting to see the kind of challenge we face when even fairly progressive journalists can lapse into this kind of cloudy thinking. The following week, the Observer […]

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Exploiting interns: the story that won’t go away

Fair play to the BBC for giving plenty of coverage to the issue of unpaid interns in recent months.  The issue has featured on a number of web media outlets as well as featuring on the BBC News Channel and Donal Macintyre’s Radio 5 show.

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