Unpaid interns get NUJ help to claim ‘back pay’

The National Union of Journalists has launched a campaign to help unpaid journalism interns receive payment for work done for nothing in the past six years.

Claiming that it could be possible for interns to claim up to £232 for a 40-hour week, the NUJ is calling those affected by the practice to take a stand and demand payment.

The campaign is adding to the escalating debate over unpaid work experience placements, sparked by an employment tribunal in 2009 that recognised an intern is entitled to the national minimum wage.

Announcing the union’s commitment to journalism interns, general secretary Jeremy Dear said that unpaid internships “exploit dreams and exclude new talent”.

“A campaign drawing together organisations opposed to this cheap labour merry-go-round is now essential and we will play our part to bring exploitative employers to book,” he said.

As previously reported, a report published in August suggested the practice of unpaid internships was illegal under minimum wage laws.

(Source: NUJ, Press Gazette)

This article appears in issue 255 of Media Digest.

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