Let’s be clear: working unpaid for 1000 hours – 25 weeks full-time work – is wage theft.
That 25 weeks of free labour is the requirement for a student undertaking a community services degree. Working 1000 hours of unpaid placement stops people from completing a degree or forces them out due to financial hardship.
It’s wage theft and the ASU are doing something about it.
Sign the petition here to end placement poverty https://bit.ly/EndUnpaidPlacements
All work placements for study should be paid so student workers receive the same employment standards as every other worker. Apprentices are paid for their work. Why aren’t student social workers?
We call on the Federal Government to End placement poverty now.
If you would like to arrange a meeting in your workplace to discuss this campaign please get in touch with your ASU delegate, organiser or the ASU contact centre at email@example.com