This also means a whole host of unpaid graduates are being recruited as ‘campaigns interns’. All parties are at fault for this. But have a look at Ed Fordham, Lib Dem PPC for Hampstead and Kilburn.
It’s a very winnable seat for the Lib Dems… but they don’t seem to be putting much money into the campaign as their FULL TIME AIDE / PRESS & MEDIA OFFICER will be an unpaid intern.
To quote the advert:
“Ed now needs someone dedicated to managing his diary and handling media enquiries”…
Sounds like a job to me…
But they will be only paid… “Modest travel and lunch expenses”. Modest! 50p for a loaf of bread from Tesco?
Duties would entail:
- Arranging the candidate’s diary
- Dealing with media enquires
- Writing and planning press releases
- Accompanying the candidate on the campaign trail
- Working in the local campaign office
“and a driving licence would be a bonus.”
An intern Chauffeur! This is a new one.
It goes on… “Be prepared to work flexible hours to suit the pace of the campaign”. Ahh… so as an intern you wont be able to come and go as you please. If you get elected Mr Fordham.. will you vote to ditch minimum wage laws? You seem to be breaking them pretty clearly here.
Fordham’s office were contacted for comment but never replied. They have been told this is breaking National Minimum Wage laws, yet they are doing nothing about it… unlike this Lib Dem, who changed their policy after being outed in the local press.
Anyone write for a local paper in Hampstead and Kilburn?