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Sunday, 14 November 2010

Wages for Interns --- claim up to six years later

Have you worked as an unpaid intern within the past six years? 
The National Union of Journalists say that you could be entitled to claim back the National Minimum Wage, regardless of the terms of your internship agreement. 
The union want to hear from any former journalism intern who would like legal support from the union to claim unpaid wages.  It could be possible to recover up to £232 per 40-hour week of the internship.
A judgment given in Reading Employment Tribunal in November 2009 has shown it is possible to claim back wages, no matter what the original agreement. Nicola Vett - an intern who worked for a London production company - had agreed to receive only expenses. After her internship ended, she decided to seek payment of wages, with the full legal backing of the Broadcast, Entertainment and Cinema trade union, BECTU.
 The tribunal recognised that a worker is entitled to the National Minimum Wage (NMW), whether or not they have agreed to work for nothing. Find out more by clicking on the title of this post.

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