A student on an unpaid trial shift was left by a manager to look after a clothes shop with another trialist on his first day.

One of the job applicants, a law student, said he was on day one of a three day trial when the manager said he was going out.

The man, who has asked not to be identified, said he now thinks that a three day trial period is exploitation.

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He applied for a summer job with M1 Clothing in The Forge shopping centre in Parkhead.

He said: “I applied for a job and sent my CV. I was asked in for an informal interview then invited in for a trial shift. They said it lasted three days.

“I know it wasn’t illegal but I think it is immoral.

“On my first shift there was another girl on a trial shift. We started at 10am and at 10.30 the manager left us in charge for the next hour and a half.

“It didn’t feel right. If you are not successful you have worked for three days and get nothing.

“After the second day, I decided I didn’t want to do this. It is exploitation, making use of free labour. From the two of us that’s almost a week of one employee’s wage for nothing.”

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He said there was no other employed staff in the shop when they were working.

He added: “When I texted to say I wouldn't be back I got a response from the manager."

The student shared the text he received.

It said: “You having a laugh mate. As an employer I have stuff to take care of. You were being watched by our CCTV cameras and being assessed. I said it’s usually a three day process but we tend to do only do I or 2 days but extend the hours.

“The purpose is to seek a potential employee, that’s the whole point thanks for your time anyway. Your loss.”

The student added: “I didn’t expect the response I got. I don’t think unpaid trial shifts should be allowed.”

When contacted by the Glasgow Times the manager of the store, said he only did one day trials. And that was stated to the applicant.

However, his message to the applicant, seen by the Glasgow Times, says “I said it’s usually a three day process”.

The applicant said he had an interview on Thursday and was in the store for trial on Friday and Saturday.

The manager claimed the man was only in for one day.

He said: “We don’t believe in three day trials, that’s taking advantage of people. He was here for one day. I had to pop out for an hour and he was left with another trial member. They were still being assessed on customer service.”