Glasgow MP’s Bid to Ban Unpaid Trial Shifts Continues
A Parliamentary Bill hoping to ban unpaid trial shifts across the UK has been talked out.
SNP MP Stewart McDonald vowed to continue campaigning after a government minister talked out his Unpaid Trial Work Periods (Prohibition) private member’s bill last Friday, 16th of March.
The Glasgow South MP said current legislation was ‘insufficient’ in dealing with unpaid trial shifts, claiming it was often people don’t know their rights and can’t stand up for them” who are exploited.
During the debate, Business Minister Andrew Griffiths said he was keen to work with Mr. McDonald on the issue though he thought current legislation was “already very clear’’.
“It is my intention to continue highlighting the abuse of unpaid work and keep campaigning to get the law changed” – MP Stewart McDonald
He added that there is “a very clear way in which we can do this without the need for further regulation.’’
Shadow Business Minister Alan Whitehead welcomed the Bill, saying it concerned the principle of a “fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work”.
Following the decision First Minister Nicola Sturgeon praised McDonald for his “hard work and passion he brought to the important issue”, adding that “the issue will not go away.”
Mr. McDonald’s Bill was not passed because it was still being debated after 2:30 pm on Friday the 16th of March: a backbench Bill can’t become law in Parliament if this is the case, under controversial rules. Mr McDonald says, however, that his campaign to end unpaid work across the UK will remain a priority.
“After assuring me that the government would not talk out my Bill they have now done so. The Unpaid Trial Work Periods (prohibition) Bill is dead but the campaign to change the law continues. A huge thank you to everyone who has supported.”
“I am deeply sorry that I was unable to get it passed. I hope everyone who sent an email or signed a petition will keep fighting the fight. It’ll be hard but I’ll always be with you to correct this injustice.”
“It is my intention to continue highlighting the abuse of unpaid work and keep campaigning to get the law changed.”
You can watch Stewart McDonald’s speech and the full debate on unpaid work trials here:
? Today I publish my Work Trial Periods (Prohibition) Bill – taking us one step closer to ending the scandal of free work. You can read the full Bill, a briefing note and short legal memo on the need for a change in the law, here https://t.co/bYlFdg6VWX #WorkTrialsOnTrial pic.twitter.com/9RCbKNNtTZ
— Stewart McDonald MP (@StewartMcDonald) February 16, 2018