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31 July 2012

Campaign launch today 1.00 pm in front of the University of Adelaide, North Terrace (opposite Pulteney Street)

SA Unions and the Young Workers' Legal Service are kicking off a campaign today to warn young people about being exploited in unpaid work rip-offs.

Young Workers Legal Service Coordinator, Anne Purdy says young people looking for work are being offered unpaid trial shifts and "internships" to get work experience.

"We are finding that young people will often take up those offers and find themselves doing a full eight-hour shift for no pay."

"Unscrupulous employers have no real intention to trialling these young people for a job - we are hearing that a real job doesn't exist and young people are simply being ripped off."

Ms Purdy says that in 2011, the Young Workers Legal Services managed to win back nearly $140,000 for young people who were underpaid or otherwise treated unfairly.

Since the Service was established, it has recovered more than a million dollars for young South Australians.

"We know that these dodgy arrangements are more common in particular industries like retail and hospitality, but we would like to find out if they are becoming more widespread."

"So we are asking young people, or their parents, to let us know by going to our website at or our facebook page"

SA Unions State Secretary, Janet Giles says employers can face fines of up to $33,000 for underpaying wages to their workers.

"We know young people are less familiar with their rights at work and it is unfortunate that their goodwill continues to be exploited by unscrupulous employers."

Visit the Young Workers Legal Service website at  




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