Scottish Liberal Democrat Economy and Fair Work spokesperson Katy Gordon has today called for all internships or work placements that last for more than four weeks to be treated as employment, requiring a contract and the National Minimum Wage.
At the Liberal Democrat spring conference in York today the party debated a policy motion put forward by Young Liberals calling for the measures, with Ms Gordon speaking in favour.
Speaking after the vote Ms Gordon said:
“Internships are a valuable opportunity to develop skills and experience with a view to pursuing a career in a sector.
“But too often these are exploited by unscrupulous employers or remain limited to only those individuals with access to savings, preventing anyone but the wealthy from accessing these opportunities.
“Liberal Democrats demand better. That’s why we are calling for all work experience placements that last for more than four weeks to be treated as employment, requiring a contract and the National Minimum Wage, as well as better enforcement of existing law to ensure that voluntary roles are truly voluntary.”