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"Slave wages" at Edinburgh Fringe


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Staff around the country are being consigned to poverty as a report from Citizens Advice Scotland revealed that 36,876 Scots are not being paid the legal minimum wage by their employers.

Former Edinburgh Fringe worker Shira Kaliski has told how she ended up working for “slave wages” at the world famous festival.The 26-year-old was classed as a “volunteer” while with C Venues, a firm she believes exploited hundreds of people trying to gain experience in the arts. She said: “I and many others were frequently working 10 to 15 hours a day for what must have been not much more than a few pounds an hour at best. We were classed as volunteers but it was clearly a commercial operation. Someone must have been making plenty of money but it certainly wasn’t the workers.

“In Edinburgh, pay ranged from about £600 to just over £1000 a month. But in terms of hours worked, it was nowhere near the minimum wage as you were working every waking hour"






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