The Carrot Workers call all interns, ex-interns, teachers and cultural workers to join in
*next Wednesday 8 June 12-2pm*
outside the House of Commons
The NUS, ULU, Unite, Intern Aware, Internocracy, Interns Anonymous, The Intergenerational Foundation, and Ross Perlin, author of Intern Nation, are calling on politicians from all parties to urgently address the issue of exploitative internships not only within parliament but in all sectors — arts and culture included!
More from the Facebook event page :
“Wednesday 8 June will see the launch of the speaker’s parliamentary placement scheme – a cross-party initiative to create a number of paid internship positions in Parliament for people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
We welcome the new scheme to open up parliament, but we must recognise that urgent action is needed by Government to tackle the ever growing problem of unpaid and underpaid internships, where hundreds of thousands of young people work are exploited in roles that often breaking the law and should be paid.“
More on ULU campaigner blog including the full text of Ross Perlin’s INTERN BILL OF RIGHTS:
We proclaim this INTERN BILL OF RIGHTS as a common standard by which to evaluate and improve internships for the benefit of interns, employers, and society as a whole:
Article 1: All interns deserve fair compensation for their work, usually in the form of wages and sometimes in the form of dedicated training.
Article 2: Interns are entitled to the same legal protections as all other workers, and should not be subject to discrimination, harassment, or arbitrary dismissal. Under these circumstances, interns should have the same standing in court and the same recourse to the law as all other workers.
Article 3: Interns should enjoy the same basic workplace benefits guaranteed to all other workers, including sick days, vacation time, worker’s compensation, and extra pay for overtime.
Article 4: The hiring of interns should be as transparent and nondiscriminatory as the hiring of full-time employees.
Article 5: No one should be forced to take an unpaid internship or required to pay in order to work.
Article 6: Any internships subsidized with public funds should meet exemplary legal and ethical standards.
Article 7: Internships are a category of work that should be defined, recognized by policy makers and officials, studied, monitored, and improved.
Article 8: Interns must be treated with dignity and respect by coworkers and supervisors.
Article 9: The word “intern” should be applied ethically and transparently to opportunities that involve substantial training, mentoring, and getting to know a line of work.