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House of poshos – on intern elitocracy

25 Feb

article from New Statesman, 18 February 2010

MPs’ dependence on unpaid interns gives those from richer backgrounds a headstart on breaking into politics.

House of poshos

Charlie Sonnex works the night shift at Sainsbury’s. Last year, he worked next to Andy Coulson, the Conservatives’ director of communications, as an intern at the party’s headquarters in Westminster. He wanted to stay on, but after nine months of working unpaid, he couldn’t afford it. “All the interns there had rich parents and savings, so I guess the office just had enough applications to keep it going.”

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No to zero-cost labour : unpaid internships are illegal!

5 Dec

Good news from BECTU!

25 November 2009

The Employment Tribunals, sitting in Reading, have ruled that workers engaged on an expenses-only basis are entitled to payment at least in line with the national minimum wage, in addition to payment for the holiday they accrue.

The decision arises from a case brought by Nicola Vetta, a former art department assistant, against London Dreams Motion Pictures Ltd.

Read the full article on BECTU’s website:

The verdict will set a precendent that could be extended to unpaid internships in art galleries and other art organisations!

Quote this verdict to your employer and at your internship interview: interns are workers and should be paid!

Resiste – The Movie (in German)

21 Nov

Resiste – interns rise up‘ is the story of the capitalistically inclined intern Till and the leftist-activist almost-french girl Sydelia. Whilst Till has the idea of opening a consultancy for interns – delighted to have found a plausible market niche – Sydelia wants to tackle the problem at its origins and organize a revolt of interns.

Equipped with french revolutionary spirit and much energy, she does her best to convince Till of her plans. But his mind is made up: it’s about profit, not protest! As both realise that they don’t go well together, but at the same time quite need each other, there’s already a bunch of interns gathering around them, shaping up for the revolution: a general strike of interns that will bring Germany to a halt.

Resiste Official Website

Wall of Shame: It surely looks like a war…!

21 Nov

Applications close: Wednesday, October 07, 2009
Employer type: Government
Opportunity type: Volunteer
Category: Visual Arts
Location: United Kingdom

Voluntary role
Basic travel and lunch expenses will be reimbursed.
Date: 15 October – 10 January
It is envisaged that performers will work 1 to 3 days per week for a minimum period of 1 month.

For his first solo show in the UK, the artist has meticulously constructed an
installation modelled on a disused World War Two era bunker, replete with derelict
industrial equipment- corroded pipes and boilers, rusted generators, electric gauges and other
obsolete machines- as well as old cans, food stuffs and survival supplies. On entering this dimly
lit space through a set of heavy rusted doors, the viewer is forced to negotiate a precarious bridge
leading to a set of stairs that descends into a concrete bunker, all hinting at the menacing nature of
the space. A neglected railway track runs the entire length of the gallery, with a hand operated
draisine occasionally ferrying personnel from one end of the space to the other alongside a warren
of dark and damp rooms which house defunct communication systems and work stations strewn
with old instruments.
We are looking for a number of performers to pay an integral role in this theatrical installation as
uniformed personnel. This is not an interactive role, but requires mostly non speaking
improvisation with the props in the space to further hint at the narrative in this film set like

Males, playing age 25-55, to play the part of European World War II bunker workers. This non
speaking part requires wearing uniform, using hand-operated rail cart, inspecting rooms and light

An interest in modern and contemporary art history.

We are looking for actors to perform in the Gallery for a minimum of one day per week on a 1 to
3 month basis for the duration of the exhibition, including some weekends and evenings. The
daily hours will be from 11am to 8pm.
Full briefing will be given by the curators of the exhibition and the artist.
This role is voluntary, but basic travel and lunch expenses will be reimbursed.
Interviews to be held on Monday, 12/10/2009 and Tuesday, 13/10/2009.
Closing date for applications: 07/10/2009 6pm. No late entries shall be accepted. Please note that
only successful applicants will be contacted.

Carrot Workers on Dissident Island Radio

27 Oct

Carrot Workers Collective on Dissident Island Radio dissident island banner

Listen to the 16th October show for a chat on unpaid labour, internships, the externalisation of costs, and a critique of the Milburn report.

‘Students Are Already Workers’

6 Oct

by Marc Bousquet

HC003746chapter 4 of How the University Works

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World of an Intern (Music Video)

14 Sep

Ain’t No Way to Make A Living!

5 May


A Cultural Workers Survival Fair
9 May, 2009
Open to anyone.
Free of charge
Christie’s Education 153 Great Tichfield Street (Oxford Circus nearest tube)

It is a well known but little discussed fact that the so-called ‘creative industries’ are supported by a cadre of free and precariously employed labourers. As the sector becomes increasingly engrained in for-profit endeavors, workers continue to be strung along by old myths and false promises. Including but also expanding on the notion of worker’s rights, The Carrot Worker’s Collective offers a performative investigation into the inter-connections between free labour, precarity in the cultural sector and new policies developing around the creative industries. Staged as a ‘Cultural Workers Survival Fair’, research will be presented and developed through a series of interactive booths, including opportunity to make your own, ‘Tell It Like it Is’ anonymous video testimonials, have your fortune read in relation to the future of creative industries policies in the UK, listen to hourly motivational speeches, and construct your own ‘Ideal Type’ for creative employment.



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