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I know of an 'intern' who is working hard and sweating more than some of the paid employees in a company and goes daily without pay (or the minimum wage)! Not even the cost of transportation for the month is covered. This is unfair, and it's because the employer feels they are giving these interns a chance or break in their careers. This is simply unfair!<br/><br/>We need a legislation that scrutinizes what employers are calling internships and ensures interns are paid if they do a certain level of work (comparable to employees) and also gives them the opportunity to report poor treatment to the appropriate authorities.
One of the attractions to foreign students coming to the UK is the promise of being able to secure work experience during or after their studies. This is far from the reality when employers are demanding previous UK work experience from international students coming to the UK to study. What a joke. It appears that these Universities just use this in reality as a mere marketing tool. Even when some of these students come with several years experience acquired from working for reputable organisations in their homeland but still ..... So you see that it is not only interns that are affected by this kind of treatment. It is worse for international students who find it almost impossible to get a decent job (even internships) in the UK during their year of study because they have got previous foreign earned degrees - which interstingly UK universities find suitable and sufficient enough to offer them places on their courses.
What a shamefully hubristic quote from David Lammy, best known for coming a distant last on Celebrity Mastermind. The principle should be quite straightforward: no pay, no intern. If we can’t get our legislators to accept this, it’s hardly reasonable to expect others to comply.