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Reader Elizabeth Beckman adds some insight to the debate on the Serpentine Gallery taking advantage of interns by imposing illegal labour conditions:

‘Bravo! I worked in the arts in New York. At one of New York Museum Association meetings the theme was pay. The subject of pay did not make the official schedule, however; participants made it the main agenda. (Interns, of course, always worked for free, or the privilege of an impressive bullet point on their résumé.) Anyway, the day after the meeting, my supervisor said that people complained again about low – pay scales. She said members also made comments about strikes. She said that the women leading the workshop really told them off. My supervisor proudly pronounced that she told them that no one goes into museum work to get rich. Pissed me off, that did. I told my boss who thinks that this job is to get rich. We just want at least a modest life style. There is a difference between getting rich and not making enough to pay the rent. Nevertheless, not getting paid at all.’

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