An SNP MP has launched a national online survey which aims to gather crucial data on the prevalence and impact of unpaid work trials on job seekers across the UK.
Stewart McDonald, MP for Glasgow South, has said the survey is a “crucial step” in his campaign to eradicate the scourge of unpaid work trials – which often demands substantial hours from job applicants without compensation.
Mr McDonald has long championed the ending of exploitative practise of unpaid work trials, having previously introduced a Private Members Bill to ban it.
Public opinion aligns strongly with the need for reform, with polling showing that 65% of UK citizens oppose unpaid work trials, and a petition led by Glasgow-based student Ellen Reynolds garnered over 10,000 signatures.
Launching the survey, Stewart McDonald MP said:
"This national survey on unpaid work trials is a crucial step towards rectifying a longstanding issue.
“The current guidance is shrouded in ambiguity, leaving workers vulnerable and their rights uncertain.
“The lack of action from the Government is evident, and as emphasised by a recent employment tribunal, legislation offers no explicit direction on these exploitative trials.
“I stand firm in committing to campaign for the eradication of these unfair trial shifts and ensuring that every individual's contribution is valued and compensated fairly.
“A fair day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay."