Hi Kit and all
Sean and I received assurance from David Willetts' advisor on HE that
there will be support for the creative industries' interns if the
Conservatives win the general election. This stemmed from a general
point we made about supporting STEM students and language courses.
Creative Industries now top financial services in the London economy.
Kit - would you mind circulating a non PDF black and White document of
your policy proposal?
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On 3 Nov 2009, at 22:36, "Kit Friend" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Dear all,
> the Arts Group has been working this year on ending the exploitation
> of unpaid workers, particularly in the Creative Industries, and the
> blatant disregard for National Minimum Wage Legislation in virtually
> any sector deemed to be "oversupplied" with graduates and students
> willing to work for free. Rather aptly, the BBC has now released a
> programme where they openly admit to making use of unpaid workers,
> and compare their conditions of employment to "a victorian
> workhouse". The presenter, Top Gear's James May, openly gloats about
> how much cheaper it is to use free labour, and then omits to thank
> the students amongst the other people at the end of the progamme, or
> provide any credits. Welcome to the pit of despicable working
> practices that is the entry to the Creative Industries for more than
> a few.
> Please read the post at http://www.artsgroup.org.uk/ and let the
> fight begin properly. All the focus thus far seems to have been on
> parliamentary interns getting abused, and this programme is a
> relatively minor (but public) infringement of employment legislation
> - they are the tip of the iceberg.
> Please find attached the draft of the Arts Group's Policy on
> Emerging Workers that seeks to deal with this. We will be releasing
> the final copy of this, along with support from various groups in
> the coming weeks.
> Kit Friend Esq. | Campaigns & Communications Officer | University of
> the Arts London Students' Union
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