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The TUC and the National Union of Students (NUS) are launching a new campaign today (Monday) calling for the fair treatment of interns. The event at TUC headquarters in central London will begin a year of campaign activity for fairer and better internships.

The TUC is concerned that interns around the UK are being exploited through unpaid work. Unions fear that many employers have sought to take advantage of graduates' desperation to find work in the economic downturn and so see interns as a useful source of free labour. Others may be unaware that non-payment of interns is a breach of the law and of national minimum wage rules. That is why the TUC is campaiging for the fair treatment of interns.

Rights for Interns website

To find out more about what rights you have as an intern please visit www.rightsforinterns.org.uk


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The TUC and the National Union of Students (NUS) are launching a new campaign today (Monday) calling for the fair treatment of interns. The event at TUC headquarters in central London will begin a year of campaign activity for fairer and better internships.
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