Today the NDP voted in favour of a policy motion to ban unpaid internships in Canada.
Text of motion:
1-10-16 ABOLISH UNPAID INTERNSHIPS AND CO-OP PLACEMENTS
NDP Quebec Section, Young New Democrats of Quebec
WHEREAS unpaid internships undermine the Canadian economy by reducing the number or
permanent paid positions and lowering the wages of permanent employees;
WHEREAS unpaid internships reinforce economic inequalities by being less accessible to the less
fortunate, who must work to earn their living;
WHEREAS unpaid internships allow businesses to exploit labour;
WHEREAS, by requiring students to complete unpaid internships, certain coop programs of study
support this exploitation;
WHEREAS paragraph 1.12.b. of the Policy Book states “… equal pay for work or equal value”;
BE IT RESOLVED THAT the following paragraph be added to NDP Policy:
1.12.g. Abolishing the abuse and economic discrimination associated with unpaid internships.