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Is it slavery if I work for free at a company?

 
Anonymous Coward
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01/12/2013 07:48 PM
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Is it slavery if I work for free at a company?
At the moment the only job I got is an unpaid 3 month placement at a big company. There is no guarantee they will hire me after the period.

So is it slavery if I work for free for this company?
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01/12/2013 08:00 PM
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Re: Is it slavery if I work for free at a company?
yup.
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01/12/2013 08:06 PM
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Re: Is it slavery if I work for free at a company?
It's worse than slavery, actually. Slaves were fed and housed by their owners,usually in deplorable conditions, but since the slave was an economic asset, it was "bad business sense" to let it starve or freeze. I am in no way endorsing the disgusting practice of slavery - only arguing that compared to unpaid interns, they were treated better.
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Sounds like it....

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01/12/2013 08:08 PM
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Re: Is it slavery if I work for free at a company?
At the moment the only job I got is an unpaid 3 month placement at a big company. There is no guarantee they will hire me after the period.

So is it slavery if I work for free for this company?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 10525403


Could be unless you get some good experience to lead you to another job, or you can get some connections to hook you up later.
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01/12/2013 08:11 PM
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Re: Is it slavery if I work for free at a company?
Voluntary slavery. You can quit whenever you'd like. But at least there's a small chance that you get paid employment at the company after you put in those three months.

I'm not saying it's a great deal, but it could be worse. You could be paying 10s of thousands of dollars like American kids to get a college degree and not be guaranteed a job either. At least you're working for free instead of paying to work like college kids do.
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01/12/2013 08:12 PM
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Re: Is it slavery if I work for free at a company?
It sounds like a scam, but if you want to do it and give it a shot, it's not slavery. That's you using your freedom to do what you want for a promised reward. In this case it's a chance to get ahead. Not a promise of it, but the chance itself.

Good luck, either way.
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01/12/2013 08:15 PM
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Re: Is it slavery if I work for free at a company?
Why hasn't anyone asked the simple question of why the fuck are you working for someone for absolutely nothing?

And don't tell me it's for experience or to get your foot in the door.
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01/12/2013 08:18 PM
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Re: Is it slavery if I work for free at a company?
Why hasn't anyone asked the simple question of why the fuck are you working for someone for absolutely nothing?

And don't tell me it's for experience or to get your foot in the door.
 Quoting: gurunade


....um maybe it's for experience or to get my foot in the door?

But I have no other avenues.

Have to get a job man...Otherwise I'll be raped by the system and treated like dirt.
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01/12/2013 08:20 PM
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Re: Is it slavery if I work for free at a company?
It's worse than slavery, actually. Slaves were fed and housed by their owners,usually in deplorable conditions, but since the slave was an economic asset, it was "bad business sense" to let it starve or freeze. I am in no way endorsing the disgusting practice of slavery - only arguing that compared to unpaid interns, they were treated better.
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Interesting....never thought of it this way.

But I have no other choice
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01/12/2013 08:21 PM
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Re: Is it slavery if I work for free at a company?
Why hasn't anyone asked the simple question of why the fuck are you working for someone for absolutely nothing?

And don't tell me it's for experience or to get your foot in the door.
 Quoting: gurunade


....um maybe it's for experience or to get my foot in the door?

But I have no other avenues.

Have to get a job man...Otherwise I'll be raped by the system and treated like dirt.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 10525403


if you think you're gaining some skills from the job, then it's not slave labour...

although personally I think they're ripping you off.

jussayin....
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01/12/2013 08:22 PM
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interesting that you are still liable for the tax you should have earned!
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01/12/2013 08:23 PM
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Re: Is it slavery if I work for free at a company?
yep
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01/12/2013 08:25 PM
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Re: Is it slavery if I work for free at a company?
if you've been whipped, hobbled, orphaned, deprived of your children or have bounties and/or warrants issued for your return then yes
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01/12/2013 08:28 PM

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Re: Is it slavery if I work for free at a company?
At the moment the only job I got is an unpaid 3 month placement at a big company. There is no guarantee they will hire me after the period.

So is it slavery if I work for free for this company?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 10525403


It's called work experience for your resume.
Look at it as paying tuition for an apprenticeship.
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Re: Is it slavery if I work for free at a company?
interesting that you are still liable for the tax you should have earned!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 32069748


If you have no income you are not liable for any income tax.
You retarded?
Anonymous Coward
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01/12/2013 08:34 PM
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Re: Is it slavery if I work for free at a company?
Greetings OP! Just wondering if you are part of JobCenter Direct? I have seen many negative reviews online about that place.
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01/12/2013 09:24 PM
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Re: Is it slavery if I work for free at a company?
that sounds like a scam and as long as people are willing to work for nothing how are things ever going to improve? Stoopid, stooopid, stoopid.
Or as they say in ireland are you an ejuit??
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01/12/2013 09:26 PM
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Re: Is it slavery if I work for free at a company?
No, not if you are willing.
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Re: Is it slavery if I work for free at a company?
interesting that you are still liable for the tax you should have earned!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 32069748


If you have no income you are not liable for any income tax.
You retarded?
 Quoting: Useless Cookie Eater


If you get benefits you are still taxed income tax on them.
Useless Cookie Eater

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01/12/2013 09:30 PM

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Re: Is it slavery if I work for free at a company?
interesting that you are still liable for the tax you should have earned!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 32069748


If you have no income you are not liable for any income tax.
You retarded?
 Quoting: Useless Cookie Eater


If you get benefits you are still taxed income tax on them.
 Quoting: Wispa


....ah so now you backpedal and start with benefits.

No one even was talking about that.
...and why would an intern get benefits?
...they never do.


Nice try at the backpedal....but.... failsmile
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01/12/2013 09:43 PM
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Re: Is it slavery if I work for free at a company?
interesting that you are still liable for the tax you should have earned!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 32069748


If you have no income you are not liable for any income tax.
You retarded?
 Quoting: Useless Cookie Eater


If you get benefits you are still taxed income tax on them.
 Quoting: Wispa


....ah so now you backpedal and start with benefits.

No one even was talking about that.
...and why would an intern get benefits?
...they never do.


Nice try at the backpedal....but.... failsmile
 Quoting: Useless Cookie Eater


I wasn't backpeddling, I misunderstood.
I apologise.
Anonymous Coward
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01/12/2013 09:48 PM
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Re: Is it slavery if I work for free at a company?
Why hasn't anyone asked the simple question of why the fuck are you working for someone for absolutely nothing?

And don't tell me it's for experience or to get your foot in the door.
 Quoting: gurunade


....um maybe it's for experience or to get my foot in the door?

But I have no other avenues.

Have to get a job man...Otherwise I'll be raped by the system and treated like dirt.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 10525403


thats what the jobcenter told you yeah?
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01/12/2013 09:56 PM

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Re: Is it slavery if I work for free at a company?
Not if it's some sort of apprenticeship or training. I had to work for free one summer in order to get enough experience hours for a certification.

Maybe if it's just volunteer work, it can be something you can add to your resume. Hopefully it is doing something in the field that you want to get paid for someday. If not, then you are probably wasting your time.
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01/12/2013 09:58 PM
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Re: Is it slavery if I work for free at a company?
At the moment the only job I got is an unpaid 3 month placement at a big company. There is no guarantee they will hire me after the period.

So is it slavery if I work for free for this company?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 10525403


Not if you have the choice. Taxpayers on the other hand have no choice. We are forced to feed, clothe and house illegal aliens and peoples too lazy, to sorry to work. That is slavery.
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01/12/2013 09:59 PM
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Re: Is it slavery if I work for free at a company?
At the moment the only job I got is an unpaid 3 month placement at a big company. There is no guarantee they will hire me after the period.

So is it slavery if I work for free for this company?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 10525403


I hope they don't beat you too.
Anonymous Coward
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01/12/2013 10:07 PM
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Re: Is it slavery if I work for free at a company?
Why hasn't anyone asked the simple question of why the fuck are you working for someone for absolutely nothing?

And don't tell me it's for experience or to get your foot in the door.
 Quoting: gurunade


....um maybe it's for experience or to get my foot in the door?

But I have no other avenues.

Have to get a job man...Otherwise I'll be raped by the system and treated like dirt.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 10525403


sounds like you already are, I'm not hatin I am too.
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01/12/2013 10:08 PM

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Re: Is it slavery if I work for free at a company?
Sucks for you.

Maybe they'll give you something permanent but then they still might not pay you.

Start looking now OP, you must raise a family and be a good American.
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01/12/2013 10:12 PM
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Re: Is it slavery if I work for free at a company?
Even paid work is slavery. So I would say that working for free isn't any different.
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01/12/2013 10:17 PM
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Re: Is it slavery if I work for free at a company?
As far as I know, working for nothing is against the laws of this Country, County, State, City, everywhere. Volunteers are just pandering these obnoxious people and their whims. Getting paid is what makes an economy.

Turn the fool in and look for another job. Start cracking heads in this Country and quit taking threats out of these people.

They're time is up!
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01/12/2013 10:19 PM
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Re: Is it slavery if I work for free at a company?
Go mow some lawns or something if you need money while you have an internship.

Jesus kid.

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