London,
01
December
2016

PRCA complains to ACAS about Oasis UK

Francis Ingham

Public Relations and Communications Association

82 Great Suffolk Street

London

SE1 0BE

Comments, Complaints and Compliments Team

Delivery Directorate

Acas National

Euston Tower

286 Euston Road

London

NW1 3DP

Dear Sir,

I am writing to you to express my concern about the recent activity by the Charity, Oasis Charitable Trust (Charity Commission Registration number: 1026487).

The Charity advertised a position for an unpaid internship on 19th October 2016 on the website W4MP. We recognise that under the National Minimum Wage Act, registered charities such as Oasis UK are exempt from paying interns the National Minimum Wage but this is simply wrong and immoral. As a result, we are calling for this law to be changed and for all interns to be paid regardless of the organisation they are working for.

The job advertised had clear defined responsibilities in the policy and communications team, a well-defined number of hours every week (16-21 hours per week) and the internship would run for several months.

This culture of exploiting interns must stop immediately. Charities have the same legal and moral responsibilities to pay their interns. Several of our members pay their interns the National Minimum Wage if not more and there is no reason why Charities shouldn’t abide by the same laws.

ACAS has the moral duty to investigate these cases and we are calling on you to do so. It is time stand up against intern exploitation and it could begin with this case.

Yours sincerely,

Francis Ingham MPRCA

PRCA Director General

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