Thursday, 15 March 2018 06:22


SNP MP Stewart McDonald has welcomed a new poll that shows 65% of people say unpaid trial shifts are not fair –ahead of his Private Members Bill on the issue to be debated in the House of Commons today (Friday).

When asked whether it is fair for companies to ask potential staff to work an unpaid shift to see whether they are suitable before they are formally employed, an overwhelming 65% of those asked said it was not – with only 24% thinking it was fair.
Stewart McDonald has had support for his Bill from the Scottish TUC  and employment law professionals and campaigners – as well as widespread cross party support at Westminster.
Stewart McDonald MP commented:
 "This poll is very encouraging and shows overwhelming support for the aims of my Bill. A full two thirds of those asked think it is unfair for companies to ask potential staff to work unpaid shifts before they are formally employed. That is a really important message as my Bill comes to the House of Commons. 
"It already has cross-party support at Westminster and if passed, it will be one step closer to ending some of the exploitations that exist in the workplace.
 "My Bill is needed because the law on unpaid trial shifts is currently a grey area that is used to take advantage of people in an unfair and sometimes cynical way. In 20 years of the National Minimum Wage Act there hasn’t been one case – far less a prosecution or government action – against the use of unpaid trials shifts
 “All people want is to be treated fairly – and banning unpaid trial shifts will be a step in the right direction in ensuring this happens for people across the country."
Do you think it is or is not fair for companies to ask potential staff to work an unpaid shift to see whether they are suitable, before they are formally employed?

It is fair         24%
It is not fair   65 %
Don’t know   11%
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