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Video: Brussels protest against unpaid EU internships

By Hannah Haynes - The Bulletin - 20 February 2017


Uneven treatment of interns in the EU – some are paid, others not

The Brussels Times - 20 February 2017

A trainee who completed a six-month unpaid internship with the EEAS at the EU Delegation to the UN in Geneva said that he had lost 7kg of his body weight during his internship because he couldn't afford all the food he needed.

“With other intern colleagues we went to as many receptions as possible where we could eat for free the left overs. But sometimes they would kick hungry interns out. My hope is that all interns will be paid and recognize their legal status including a health insurance and other basic rights.”

Read the full article in The Brussels Times.


Greens MEP: Unpaid internships ‘unacceptable’

By AnnMarie Welser & Janie Matthews - EurActiv - 20 February 2017

“Equal access to fair, quality internships. Or, simply, pay your bloody interns,” Bryn Watkins of BINGO shouted into a megaphone at the start of the event.

Read the full article in EurActiv.


Interns protest over unpaid work experience

Euronews - 20 February 2017


Watchdog tells EU diplomatic corps to pay interns

By Quentin Ariès - Politico EU - 17 February 2017

The ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly, said it was unfair that the European External Action Service and its delegations around the world did not offer paid work experience. She was responding to a 2014 complaint from a former intern in the EU delegation in Japan. There are around 600 unpaid trainees in EU delegations every year.

Read the full article in Politico EU.


EU foreign service admonished over unpaid interns

By Robert-Jan Bartunek - Reuters - 17 February 2017

The European Union should start paying all its trainees at delegations abroad, the European Ombudsman said on Friday, judging that the current practice of unpaid internships unfairly favoured a privileged few.

Read the full article in Reuters.


De jeunes diplômés européens dénoncent les conditions de stage, proches de l'exploitation

By Myriam Baele - RTBF - 21 February 2017

Une cinquantaine de jeunes diplômés européens ont déplié leurs banderoles lundi au rond-point Schuman. Ils dénoncent les conditions des stages dans les institutions européennes mais aussi dans les associations et lobbys européens. De premières expériences de travail après le diplôme mais qui parfois ne sont pas ou peu payées.

Read the full article in RTBF.


Becarios europeos protestan ante la UE contra las prácticas no remuneradas

El Confidencial - 20 February 2017

"Seis de cada diez jóvenes que hacen becas o prácticas en Europa no perciben ningún salario y creemos que esto es, no solo injusto, sino que debería de ser ilegal", declaró a Efe el secretario general del Foro Europeo de la Juventud, el estonio Allan Päll.

Read the full article in El Confidencial.


 

Cambodia

 

Khmer Rouge tribunal interns push for pay

By Cristina Maza & Leonie Kijewski - The Phnom Penh Post - 21 February 2017

More than 30 United Nations interns at the Khmer Rouge tribunal staged a short-term “strike” yesterday in response to a call by the Global Intern Coalition for an end to the “exploitative and exclusionary” practice of unpaid internships.

Read the full article in The Phnom Penh Post.


For an Hour, Khmer Rouge Tribunal Interns Stage Strike Over Pay

By Hannah Hawkins - The Cambodia Daily - 21 February 2017

In solidarity with unpaid interns around the world, about 35 foreigners working for free for the U.N. at the Khmer Rouge tribunal took an extra-long lunch break on Monday, staging a one-hour strike in the court’s cafeteria.

Read the full article in The Cambodia Daily.


Interns around the world are starting to protest, here's why

AsiaOne - 21 February 2017

No more unpaid work experiences and no more placements that are a waste of time. Interns have had enough and some of them have been staging protests around the world.

Read the full article in AsiaOne.


 

Geneva

 

Geneva interns take part in global protest

By Simon Bradley - SWI swissinfo.ch - 20 February 2017

“I’m protesting in solidarity with the people who cannot afford to be here,” said Jaime, a 22-year-old British man who is completing a three-month internship at the World Health Organization (WHO) in the Swiss city. “We need to make ourselves heard and show the level of support we have from different sectors…and show that we have basic rights as employed staff.”

Read the full article in Swissinfo.


Les stagiaires de l’ONU manifestent aussi à Genève

By Simon Bradley - SWI swissinfo.ch - 20 February 2017

A Genève, les stagiaires de l’ONU, de différentes agences internationales et organisations non gouvernementales se sont réunis peu après midi sur la Place des Nations avec d’autres employés, des syndicalistes et des étudiants pour appeler à un «accès égal à des stages équitables et de qualité».

Read the full article in Swissinfo.


Les stagiaires de l’ONU dénoncent des conditions «proches de l’exploitation»

By Jean-Marc De Jaeger - Le Figaro - 21 February 2017

Les stages dans les organisations internationales sont peu voire pas rémunérés. Des étudiants et jeunes diplômés ont manifesté hier à Bruxelles et Genève pour réclamer des conditions de stage décentes.

Read the full article in Le Figaro.


Manifestation des stagiaires de l'ONU

By Demir Sönmez - Les Blogs, Tribune de Genève - 20 February 2017

La coalition globale des stagiaires demande que les employeurs proposent des stages de qualité qui soient accessibles à tous, indépendamment de leur condition socio-économique.

Read the full article in Les Blogs, Tribune de Genève.


«Mes parents m'aident, ce serait impossible sinon»

By Léonard Boissonnas - 20 Minutes - 20 February 2017

«Certains employés onusiens sont très bien payés, tandis que les stagiaires ne le sont pas du tout, je trouve que c’est paradoxal.» Avec quelque 200 personnes, ce Français de 22 ans, qui a débuté un stage il y a six mois, a répondu à l’appel de Fair Internship Initiative, qui milite en faveur des apprentis de l’ONU. Leur objectif: être payés, tout simplement. D’autres villes dans le monde ont connu pareilles manifestations.

Read the full article in 20 Minutes.


Interview: Omar Azzabi Radio Cité, Genève

Radio Cité - 20 February 2017


Interview: Alex Yes FM, Genève

Yes FM - 20 February 2017


 

Austria

 

Globaler Streik gegen unbezahlte Praktika

DerStandard.at - 20 February 2017

Meistens tun sie mehr, als das sprichwörtliche Kaffeekochen, aber heute können einige Arbeitgeber nicht mit ihren Praktikantinnen und Praktikanten rechnen. Denn zum ersten Mal haben sich in mehreren Städten weltweit Gruppen zusammengeschlossen, die heute streiken. "Wir kommen zusammen, um gegen die ausbeuterischen und ausgrenzenden unbezahlten Praktika zu kämpfen", heißt es im Aufruf der Initiative "The Global Intern Coalition".

Read the full article in Der Standard.


 

Germany

 

Hungern für ein Praktikum

By Markus Mayr - Süddeutsche Zeitung - 21 February 2017

Echten Hunger kannte Pau Petit lange Zeit nicht. Bis er ein Praktikum bei der Europäischen Union machte, sieben Kilo hat er da in sechs Monaten verloren. "Weil ich mir schlicht das Essen nicht leisten konnte", erzählt der 27 Jahre alte Spanier, das Praktikum war unbezahlt.

Read the full article in Süddeutsche Zeitung.


Die Generation Praktikum muckt auf

By Alexander Goll - detektor.fm - 21 February 2017

Es ist eine alte Diskussion: sollten Praktikanten generell entlohnt werden, oder nicht? Noch wird sozusagen in höchster Ebene Druck aufgebaut: denn die Praktikanten bei der Europäischen Union (EU) streiken. Trotz langer Wartezeiten und hoher Lebenshaltungskosten in Brüssel zahlt die wohlhabende Behörde Praktikanten kein Geld.

Read the full article in detektor.fm.


 

Spain

 

Los becarios europeos protestan en Bruselas contra las prácticas no remuneradas

By Gema Muñoz - SER - 20 February 2017

En la ciudad europarlamentaria se han manifestado frente a las instituciones de la Unión Europea, para que la legislación comunitaria impida que las empresas, y especialmente las instituciones de la UE, ofrezcan becas o prácticas no remuneradas.

Read the full article in SER.


La Coalición Mundial de Becarios convoca una huelga mundial contra las prácticas no remuneradas

Antena 3 - 21 February 2017

Según los datos de la OCDE en el comunicado del Consejo de la Juventud de España, un 70% de los españoles recibe una cantidad monetaria que no permite cubrir los costes de subsistencia.

Read the full article in Antena 3.


Entidades juveniles espanolas apoyan la huelga mundial de becarios de hoy

EcoDiario.es - 20 February 2017

El Consejo de la Juventud de España, la Secretaría Confederal de Juventud de CCOO, UGT Juventud, la Federación de Asociaciones de Estudiantes Progresistas (Faest) y la Confederación Estatal de Asociaciones de Estudiantes (Canae) han expresado su apoyo a la huelga mundial de becarios convocada para hoy por la Coalición Mundial de Becarios.

Read the full article in EcoDario.es.


 

Italy

 

Stop allo sfruttamento degli stagisti, oggi mobilitazione internazionale: ma come vanno le cose in Italia?

By Eleonora Voltolina - Linkiesta - 20 February 2017

Eppure per comprendere a fondo un fenomeno, specialmente così importante perché legato al mondo del lavoro e all'occupazione giovanile (temi fondamentali!), bisognerebbe tracciare sempre un panorama chiaro tenendo conto di due elementi: il quadro normativo e i dati numerici più affidabili.

Read the full article in Linkiesta.


«La gratuità non paga l'affitto»: a Bruxelles gli stagisti reclamano i loro diritti

By Irene Dominioni - Repubblica degli Stagisti - 25 February 2017

In mezzo ai tanti giovani schierati per protestare contro gli stage gratuiti o sottopagati il 20 febbraio a Bruxelles c’era anche la Repubblica degli Stagisti, venuta per raccogliere le loro testimonianze e unire la propria voce a quella dei ragazzi e delle ragazze che ogni giorno devono barcamenarsi tra le mille peripezie del mercato del lavoro.

Read the full article in Repubblica degli Stagisti.