Monthly Archives: January 2012

Branch Secretary quoted in Mirror article on MPs ‘pricing poor students out of politics’ with internships

Branch secretary Louise Haigh accused many MPs of flouting the law by not paying the minimum wage in a recent article on Parliamentary internships in the Daily Mirror. The article is available here and reproduced below: MPs are discriminating against poorer students because it’s only rich kids who can afford to work for them for nothing. Almost 800 youngsters were signed up as “interns” last year, says the Independent Parliamentary Standards … Continue reading

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Reminder: two quick surveys for MPs staff to fill out

Just a reminder about 2 surveys MPs’ staff have been asked to fill out recently. House of Commons Survey of Services 2012 By now you should have received an email to your parliamentary email address asking you to express your views on the services provided to you by the House of Commons Service. The 3 February deadline is coming up, so we encourage you to take part if you haven’t … Continue reading

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Branch Chair gives evidence to the House of Commons Procedure Committee inquiry on sitting hours

On Wednesday 11 January Branch Chair Max Freedman gave evidence to the House of Commons Procedure Committee’s inquiry into sittings of the House. The uncorrected evidence is available here and the audio is available here. There’s no visual this time as the Committee room wasn’t equipped with it.

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Unions 21 event – 17th January

Message from Unions 21: TOP OF THE POLICIES – SKILLS Policy in the pub – CHAIR: Michael White, Assistant Editor, The Guardian UP TO 20 SPEAKERS WITH 2 MINS EACH TO PRESENT A POLICY IDEA 2 MINUTES Q&A PER POLICY ONE VOTE – ONE TOP POLICY FOR SKILLS WHEN? 6.30pm-8.30pm, TUESDAY 17 JANUARY WHERE? THE BARLEY MOW (pub), 104 Horseferry Road, Westminster, London, SW1P 2EE 5-10 Mins walking distance from … Continue reading

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