We write about interning in the book and make the point that unless you are being paid the minimum wage, it is illegal as according to a Dec 2009 ruling from a court in Reading. And yet the Labour government took the side of the employers. Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, the body charged with cracking down on minimum wage infractions, has never prosecuted a single case even though thousands abound. Worse, the Labour government even set up a body to promote interning without pay.
Hopefully this will change. The IPPR has just released a report on the issue. And with the already law on our side, a campaign to have the law enforced should start.Interning is a blight on our generation. (It didn’t actually exist before the mid-90’s). It results in social exclusion and loss of esteem and lower wages for everyone especially at the bottom of the employment ladder. It needs to stop now.
Born after September 1979? Struggling to find a decent job, even though you’re a graduate? Can’t afford to buy or even rent a house? No prospects?
Welcome to the jilted generation.
Things go wrong in society all the time, but rarely do they go wrong for an entire generation.
Drawing on their own startling new research and writing with an irresistible polemical energy, twenty-something journalists Ed Howker and Shiv Malik argue that, in stark contrast to their parents’ generation, millions of young Britons today face the most uncertain future since the early 1930s.
Radical, angry and passionate, Jilted Generation takes a closer look at who’s to blame for locking out Britain’s youth – and leaving our country not just broken but broke.