Ian Austin MP

Labour MP for Dudley North

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Austin calls on ban on unpaid work trials

Dudley North MP Ian Austin has called for a ban on companies forcing people looking to undertake up to 40 hours of unpaid work trials which have no guaranteed job offer at the end of it.

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Some businesses ask potential staff to work for no money, in one case a café in Glasgow asked people to work for 40 hours before they would even consider them for the job.

13,000 people have already signed a petition against the practice and Austin is joining MP’s from all parties to call for a change in the law which will ban businesses from being able to do this.

Austin has previously campaigned against other exploitative work practices such as zero-hour contracts.

Ian Austin said:

“I’m not against proper work experience programmes for students, for example, but I have met young people in Dudley who have been expected to do unpaid shifts for free before they are even considered for a job and I think it is completely unacceptable.

“I can see the benefit for the business to get a week of free labour, but what is in it for the potential employee when there’s no guarantee of a stable job at the end of the week.

“I want to see this exploitative practice banned.  The Government should take action on this and I’ll be campaigning in Parliament for this to happen.”

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