The struggle continues…
The Work Must Pay campaign notes the recent remarks of Minister of State for Training and Skills, John Halligan TD and Minister of Social Protection, Leo Varadkar, where both outline their commitments to ending JobBridge, the National Internship Scheme, launched by Joan Burton TD as Minister of Social Protection in the previous Government.
The Work Must Pay campaign, a group of young political activists and trade unionists which was launched in late 2014, welcomes the remarks. We have little doubt, however, that huge forces will oppose their sentiments, including IBEC, ISME and the State itself.
The purpose of JobBridge has been flagged consistently by others and the Work Must Pay campaign in particular: to exploit valuable, talented young people by making them work for a third of the minimum wage, that is, for those under 23 years of age, €100 a week in Jobseekers’ Allowance plus a €50 top-up from the Department of Social Protection for 40 hours’ work. The employer does not hand over a cent. It is a form of modern indentured labour, pure and simple. Continue reading
Sign our petition asking for the Department of Social Protection in the South to abolish the JobBridge unpaid internship scheme, and to do away with internship culture, including the recently launched JobPath.
Over 16,000 businesses and organisations have used JobBridge interns since the scheme began 5 years ago. These include: the HSE (399 interns), the GAA (249 interns), Teagasc (184 interns), UCD (also 184), Hewlett-Packard (176) and a number of county councils.
All this points towards an endemic level of exploitation which has permeated every sector of employment and even includes unionised workplaces.
All employers and the State must commit to a minimum, and really, a living wage of €11.50 an hour, instead of exploiting the unpaid labour of JobBridge interns.
The GAA, every university, hospitals, big companies like HP and hundreds of other State and private enterprises have benefited from free labour under this scheme. Make a stand for workers’ rights and a living wage.
You could be next on this free labour scheme.
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SAY NO TO JOBBRIDGE!
WORK MUST PAY!
We received an email yesterday informing us that the Jobbridge Policy Unit sent out an email requesting feedback from Jobbridge participants on the 25th of August. Every participant in a Jobbridge scheme will eventually be sent this email so there is nothing unusual in that. It is extremely distasteful however to request a person forced to struggle through a 40 hour week on social welfare plus €50 to defend or advertise this exploitation. Find this letter here and an image below. Continue reading