No more unpaid internships: first green light from the European Parliament

As for all workers, unpaid traineeships, a maximum of 6 months, and interns’ access to social protection should be stopped. These are the main innovations of the bill approved by the European Parliament’s Employment and Social Affairs Commission. The proposal will now be voted on at the Strasbourg plenary and then negotiated with the EU Commission and national governments.

“This is a first, important victory: my colleagues in the group and I have been waging this battle for some time despite opposition from the centre-right, including the Brothers of Italy, the defenders of Lega and Forza Italia. Greens/EFA Member of the European Parliament Rosa D’Amato, this honor “We have a text to launch the fight for justice and justice before the European Commission and, above all, the EU governments.” The proposal is divided into two parts: a directive for labor market internships (i.e. those that take place after a degree or diploma) and a decision for curricular internships (i.e. those taken by students during their studies) valid throughout Europe.

Internship after studies

In both cases, the regulations establish binding rules for all Member States. For post-graduation or diploma internships, the directive calls for mandatory remuneration for trainees. The employer will need to sign an internship contract with the trainee that provides common goals, a system of evaluation and feedback on the work done. Internship period is minimum 1 month and maximum 6 months. D’Amato explains that “young people are forced to move from one internship to another for years, with no real job prospects”, that renewals are only allowed within certain limits.

The main change is the introduction of a payment obligation: trainees will have to receive a monthly salary in accordance with the provisions of the EU directive on minimum wage. They will also have access to social protection. “Internships have become a real obstacle, a form of exploitation: After years of work and sacrifices, only those who can afford to work for free indefinitely, without clear rules and future prospects have a chance. This is unacceptable”, always says D Amato.

Curriculum internships

The other ‘piece’ of legislation relates to curriculum internships, ie those that take place during the training period. Here, too, the text provides for a kind of payment: trainees will have to receive compensation for costs incurred: “If you pay university fees and have to do a compulsory internship to obtain the degree, you cannot lose money: food, transport and housing must be guaranteed. Therefore, financial or social We’ve provided compensation that should be rights”, explains D’Amato. Other important aspects: the internship must comply with the study plan and provide forms of compatibility between working hours and working hours.

“We often see crocodile tears in the brain drain. But retaining young people is easier than you might think: It’s done by improving access to quality, paid internships that tap into their talent and potential in industries where they work hard. Internships should be remembered, they also benefit companies themselves,” says D’Amato .

Source: Today IT