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London has a major problem with unpaid internships- according to The London Assembly Committee. It's calling on the Mayor to make internships more accessible to young people- AND financially viable. One third of young adults in London have been or currently are an intern- but fewer than 40% are paid the minimum wage. The committee believes unpaid internships are bad for young people, and business. It recommends any internship lasting longer than 4 weeks should preferably be paid the London Living Wage.
Jenny Jones AM, Chair of the Economy Committee said:
"Internships should be fair and accessible to all, and they deserve to be paid.
The cost of living is much higher in London and unpaid internships are a big problem, especially in sectors like the media, politics and the fashion industry, where London leads the world.
The letter makes a number of recommendations to the Mayor, including:
-Promote good quality paid internships in London - any internship lasting longer than four weeks should be paid at least the National Minimum Wage, and preferably the London Living Wage.
-Be part of an awareness-raising campaign on the rights of interns and make clear to business the legal requirements and benefits of paying interns.
-Address the lack of data and commission more research to understand the role of internships in London and to target further interventions.
TfL has announced a multi-million pound business plan for buses in the capital.
It includes hundreds of extra buses and 25 million pounds of investment into driver training.
Drivers will learn how to communicate better with customers and respond more quickly to their needs.
RMT cleaners who work at Waterloo Station will strike for 24 hours later in an ongoing dispute over employment and pay.
Some workers allege victimisation, underpayment and bulling. The walk out will begin at 3pm.