Tell your MP to outlaw unpaid internships in charities too

Next week December 5th MPs will be discussing the issue of unpaid internships. MP Hazel Blears is to introduce a motion that will ban the advertising of unpaid internships and regulate the conditions of paid internships. As the law currently stands, charities are exempt from the law stating that interns should receive at least the minimum wage.

Use this NUS form to email your MP: Make sure you add a sentence about charities to your letter. Here’s a suggestion for after paragraph 6: Many charities, currently exempt from minimum wage legislation, also use unpaid internships under the pretense that these are just volunteer positions. But interns are fundamentally different from volunteers because they are seeking full-time employment. Charities should be covered by the same rules governing other sectors.

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