free archaeology: ensuring that your workers don’t get minimum wage – not-necessarily-illegal unpaid voluntary work

Intern Aware judge that ‘many internships in the charity sector do not abide by the specifications that state volunteers should be free to choose their working hours and tasks and [should] not report to a boss and receive training like workers’ (and No Pay? No Way! agree). No Pay? No Way! believe that ‘charities use a loophole in the law that enables them to avoid paying interns through calling them “voluntary workers”‘; but I’m not even sure that the loophole exists.

[Now cross-posted on (un)free archaeology.]

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5 Responses to “free archaeology: ensuring that your workers don’t get minimum wage – not-necessarily-illegal unpaid voluntary work”

  1. Have you any idea about how said cross-party effort might have come about (on a ‘cui bono?’/’follow the money’ principle)? Is it just for the convenience of political parties – given how many MPs were found to be using unpaid intern labour a while back – or is this something the charitable sector lobbied for?

    • I think it’s partly for a lot of MPs’ own small-scale interest (through their own use of unpaid interns), partly (some) charities’ lobbying, mainly(?) MPs’ (or ministers’) ideological commitment to and/or massive financial interest in privatisation (through directorships, etc.)…

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