Unions launch Young Workers Centre 'to empower' youth against exploitation - The Guardian

A February article in the Guardian has covered the launch of the Young Workers Centre - a new unit created by the Victorian Trades Hall Council with the purpose to “[empower] young people to defend themselves and their co-workers against exploitation".

The article quotes Interns Australia's secretary, Colleen Chen, stating "the centre’s legal assistance and rights education was important given young workers are increasingly undertaking informal work arrangements, including unpaid internships, as part of their first work experience."

Young Workers Centre says its purpose is to help young people ‘defend themselves against exploitation of the kind recently exposed at 7-Eleven, Pizza Hut and on some Victorian farms’. Photograph: Shannon Morris/AAP

"Chen said the centre’s legal assistance and rights education was important given young workers are increasingly undertaking informal work arrangements, including unpaid internships, as part of their first work experience.

“The Young Workers Centre is planning to work with schools in Victoria, to talk to students in year 10 or 11 before they even start university, to get them to be aware that it’s good to get a job but there are things to look out for in terms of workers’ rights,” she said."

Access the full article, written by Paul Karp here

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