I Support the Global Intern Strike!

We, the undersigned, endorse the Global Intern Strike of 20th February 2017, and in doing so call on governments, international organisations, employers and trade unions to urgently address the concerning spread of unpaid and poor quality internships.

On 20th February 2017, young people across the world will come together in a series of decentralised actions to say NO to the exploitative and exclusionary practice of unpaid internships. Decentralised actions will take place in a range of cities, to call on employers and leaders to ensure that quality intern opportunities are paid and accessible to all.

 

We are calling for equal access to fair, quality internships.
  • Equality: Internships need to be paid so that they are accessible to all, regardless of socio-economic background
  • Fairness: Interns must have basic employment rights such as protection from harassment and fair working conditions.
  • Quality: Internships should offer meaningful learning that helps young people successfully transition from education to employment.

At a time when inequality is rapidly increasing and young people are being pushed into ever more precarious positions, leaders and employers need to recognise that unpaid or poor quality internships are part of the problem. They deny opportunity, waste talent and distort labour markets.

We therefore support the Global Intern Coalition and its member organisations in this action & echo their call to employers and politicians to recognise the value of intern labour and the dangers of unpaid or poor quality internships.

The time for action is now.

 

Supporting Organisations

Global Intern Strike Supporters

Claudia A
Helena Aigner
Meyas Al Mansour
Farizan Akbar
Eduardo Alonso Arechaga
Berger Aurélie
Ariane Bailat, Syndicat des Services Publics, Geneva
Francesco Baiocchi
Sofia Barbeiro
Brando Benifei, MEP S&D
Sarah Benke
Yann-Maël Bideau
Vincent Bohnenblust
Brianna
Nora Brombach
Larry Brown
Camille Butin
Edoardo Caroli
Irene Ceccanti
Julia Chica
Ellie Chowns
Laura Cicciarelli, ILO
Sarah Cnockaert
Pilar Ruiz Cobo
Mitchell Coe
François Curty
Fabio De Masi, MEP GUE/NGL
Juliette de Montmollin
Teresa Del Bianco
Nadya Dedikova
Lise Deshautel, Greens/EFA
Daniel Diez
Bram Dijkstra
Maksim Dimitrov
Maggie Škabraha Dokupilova
Bianca Drotleff
Óscar Güell Elías
Martina F
Cheung-fung Fan
Matthäus Fandrejewski
Fabian Favarger
Jessica Fiorelli
Gabriel Fischer
Floriane
Eric G
Tatiane G
Teo G
Maurice Gajan
Slavi Ganev
Louise Gelling
Stoyan Georgiev
Gergana Georgieva
Giovanna Gini
Georgi Gitschev, European Commission
Dominika Gricova
Matt Hamilton
Vincent Hauquier
Hind
Nick Howard
David Leo Hyde
Fish Ip
Kaloyan Ivanov
Avril J
Enric López Jurado, Joventut Socialista de Catalunya
Humayun Kabir
Chandrakant Kait
Mariyana Kalcheva
Kehinde
Petko Karadechev
Kamila Kingstone
Lisa Kinne
Neli Kirilova
Nina Koivula
Kateryna Kolomiiets
Aleksandra Kozak
Denitsa Kozhuharova
Diego Pedraza Lahoz
Hannah Luftensteiner
Viktoria Luftensteiner
Alida Lugonja
Andrés Díaz-Varela López
Kathy M
Maya Maes
Magdalena
Haiko Magtrayo
Vivian Makia, Public Service International
Tsvetan Manev
Chris Manley
Marija Marić
Leah Marugg
Myroslava Marushchak
Caroline Marti, Geneva Canton MP
Edouard Martin, MEP S&D
Andrea Casi Martínez
Andreas Maschke
Lisa Mazzone, Swiss MP
Adrienne McNally
Shayoni Mehta
Lavinia Meloni
Iris Millenaar
Florence Mtajuka
Erick Mutshayani
Lan N
Judit Nagy
Norita Naruto
Kasia Nikraszewicz
Clement Nocos
Jessica Northey
Kaśka Nowacka
Muzaki O, IndustriAll Global Union
Antonia P
Rosa Pavanelli, PSI General Secretary
Panayot Panayotov
Alonso Pareja
Chiara Paß
Jon Lejardi Plaza
Marie Pochon
Bridget Quitter
Pauli R
Abdul Rahman
Justyna Rajpold
Myra Rednoss
Terry Reintke, MEP Green/EFA
Alex Renault
Dany Richard
Peter Richardson
Greg Riestenberg
Francesca Rodella
Roxane Roth
Slavena Ruseva
Agnieszka S
Delay-Goyet Salomé
Ria San Gabriel
Claire Seaborn
Elodie Sellier
Rocio Galvez Serrano
Guro Skei
Blagoy Stamenov
Antoniya Stoycheva
John Sweeney
Lena Sykorova
Keith Taylor, MEP Greens/EFA
Nikolay Terziev, EUInterns4Interns
Vi Tran
Emilie Tricarico
Maria Tsirantonaki
Koen van der West
Veselka Velikova
Svenja Wiemer
Bryn Watkins
Margret Watkins
Mag Wompel
Ana Z