Editors’ Blog – Fair pay: closer to home than you think
The issue raised in our front page story is about the University as a local employer, but also refers to a wider problem being discussed across the country: work, pay, and fairness. It’s an issue that may not affect all of us yet, but it certainly will.
In this edition, you’ll see quite a bit of discussion regarding this topic. In the Business section, you’ll find a story covering the Workfare program, an initiative in which work-seekers on welfare are given jobs… and aren’t paid for them.
In the Comment section, the big debate revolves around whether interns should be paid. Our front-page story shows that even an institution as close to home as Durham University doesn’t pay all of its employees enough to live on.
This issue is clearly at the forefront of student attention, and consequently is at the forefront of our minds. Both of us have applied for master’s degrees for next year, and will need a great deal of work experience – probably unpaid – to obtain jobs in our fields.
We’re sure we’re not the only ones in this situation, and this makes it all the more vital for us to increase awareness of the importance of fair pay, whether it’s for interns or the local community.
We, along with all students, have a duty as members of the University to be vigilant about the effects of living-wage pay on the community.
If we care about the universal problem of fair pay, then we should do what we can to see it implemented by the institution which we are members of.
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