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    The Coalition has been clear that it if/when tuition fees rise, you will (somehow) ensure that fair access to university remains for all young people regardless of their economic background. But is there any point in even attempting this, when you are doing nothing to fix the widespread and corrosive culture of unpaid internships?

    Poorer students won't thank you for putting them through uni if when they graduate they're blocked from the best opportunities in their chosen field because they can't afford to work for free. In the worst cases, you will simply have wasted three years of their life - and raised their hopes, only to dash them.

    Furthermore, unpaid internships no longer lead to entry level jobs but are in fact REPLACING entry level jobs, which is good for nobody except the employers who exploit young workers.

    Why has the coalition done nothing to improve the woefully inadequate systems currently in place to protect young workers from exploitation? Is it because you simply don't care about this issue, because the Tory party will always take the side of private enterprise, even when it's doing something unethical and illegal?
 
 
 
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