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Labour Party Vows to Limit Unpaid Internships
Friday, April 17, 2015

Ed Miliband, the leader of Britain’s Labour Party, has vowed to limit unpaid internship programs to four weeks if Labour wins the general election. He said anyone who interns with a company for more than four weeks will be entitled to at least minimum wage. “In this country, if you want a good job in a highly prized sector, you’re often asked to work for free, often for months on end, sometimes even a year,” he said. “It’s a system that’s rigged in favor of those who can afford it, putting careers in highly prized jobs—in the arts, media, fashion, finance and law—out of reach for huge numbers of highly able young people.” However, critics say the move will make little difference. For those who can’t afford to spend long stretches of time working without pay, four weeks will still seem unmanageable. Furthermore, detractors said the move could prompt businesses to simply cap internship programs at four weeks, creating a cycle of fresh interns who will all remain unpaid.

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