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Trade unions criticise government's youth jobs program

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull takes a selfie during a visit to a cafe in Crows Nest, Sydney. Source: AAP

The federal government says it will help unemployed youths by offering 10,000 new internships over the next four years. Unions have criticised the deal struck with the retail sector, saying it borders on slavery and could lead to exploitation of vulnerable workers.  Hannah Sinclair reports.

The Australian Retailer's Association has backed the government's Youth Jobs PaTH [path] program, promising to deliver 10,000 internships over four years.

 

Under the program, young people receive basic training.

 

Local businesses are paid $1,000 to take interns for 12 weeks.

 

Interns are paid $200 a fortnight plus income support payments - that works out to $4 an hour.

 

The Australian Council of Trade Unions President, Ged Kearney [jed KAH-nee], says the program is a 'kick in the guts' for average retail workers, who just had their penalty rates slashed on Sunday.

 

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