Unpaid Trial Shifts

Stewart McDonald, SNP MP for Glasgow South, has introduced a Private Members’ Bill in Westminster to guarantee trial shifts are paid ‘properly and fairly’.

McDonald has asked Prime Minister Theresa May to take action as young people were the group most likely to face exploitation with many working as many as 40 hours for free without any guarantee of employment at the end of the trial. He says, ‘the practice is not only soul destroying, it is unacceptable,’ and that his bill would make it clear that “if people are going to be offered a trial period where they apply their skills in the hope of securing a job, then they should be paid for their work during that period – whether or not a full offer of employment is made.”

McDonald has backing from SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford who has invited both Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn to support the bill and “end an injustice”.