MPs call for unpaid shifts to be illegal

MPs call for unpaid shifts to be illegal
But there has been a six-fold increase over three years in complaints over unpaid shifts, trade union Unite said.

The Federation of Small Businesses said unpaid shifts are a valuable part of the recruitment process, but shouldn t cross the line into exploitation.

On Friday a private members bill which seeks to make unpaid trials illegal will get its second parliamentary reading.

Meghan Wright s first experience of an unpaid shift was with Nando s in 2014.

"They told me it was six hours, and I d get a meal at the end.

"I assumed I d be observed and trained but I was meeting and greeting guests, taking orders and clearing tables. I was basically working as a staff member."

She had a similar experience working at a supermarket crèche.

"When it came to the full-time staff s lunch break they asked me to stay to cover it. The worst thing about that was that I never heard back from them - even though they promised I d be offered the job."

Nando s told us: "We do invite potential team members to shadow a member of the team during a four hour trial shift. Whilst these trials are unpaid we will always offer a meal and feedback."
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