THE CASHBACK for Interns campaign spearheaded by London Freelance Branch continues to gather momentum. Current and former media interns are still contacting the campaign and signing up for NUJ legal support to help them fight for the minimum wage owed to them by law. Some interns have responded to LFB's advert for the campaign in the NUJ's Journalist magazine (December 2010-January 2011, page 12) and Facebook members can join the "NUJ Cashback for Interns campaign" group. The NUJ has already replied to interns who contacted the campaign and invited them to talk to the legal team.
If you're over 21 and no longer a student, unwaged labour is illegal, and interns are entitled to the National Minimum Wage, which comes to £237 for a 40-hour working week. You can claim this via an Employment Tribunal within three months of ending an internship, and there's a six-year limit for claims made via the County Court. Contact Cashback for Interns by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
And you can hear the Paid not Played choir of interns sing one of their laments on intern slavery here. As we go to press, we've heard that the High Pay Commission - recently set up to investigate the reasons for the pay gap between high earners and the poor - withdrew its advert for an unpaid intern after the Graduate Fog blog contacted it to point out the irony of this.