MPs call for unpaid shifts to be illegal
|bbc.com 14 Mar 2018 at 16:55|
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."