NUJ slams Tory work experience auctions

The National Union of Journalists has condemned a Conservative fundraiser that allegedly saw the party auctioning work experience placements at magazines, PR companies and banks.

Labelling the practice “disgusting”, NUJ deputy general secretary Michelle Stanistreet said: “Internships should be open to all, not the preserve of a wealthy few and the fact that they are being auctioned to raise funds for a political party is obscene.”

The statement comes after a Mail on Sunday report revealed that placements at magazines such as Tatler, and PR companies including Bell Pottinger were being auctioned off for four-figure sums. Stanistreet said the practice “simply perpetuates privilege and inequality”.

The NUJ is just one union working towards enabling young people the chance to be paid for the work they perform in lucrative internships. The issue has had a raised profile in recent weeks, although it’s been rumbling for some time now – as our report in August suggested.

(Source: The Drum, 14 February; Mail on Sunday, 13 February)

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