I WROTE some time ago that Glasgow would become the fly-tip capital of the UK.

I spoke with my local bin men and they told me the bulk uplift service won’t be resumed this year and the council is planning to charge £30 for 10 items.

I can’t understand why the chief executive or the councillors haven’t taken cleansing management to task to find out why it isn’t happening for free.

The councillors, chief executive and cleansing management all work for the citizens of Glasgow.

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I’M sick of seeing people failing to wear their face coverings properly.

How difficult is it to wear one over your nose? If my seven-year-old can mange to do it, I’m sure a 45-year-old man can work out how to put one on.

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YESTERDAY’S story on a waitress attempting to have unpaid trial shifts outlawed sparked many comments and letters from readers. Here’s a selection of the comments...

I JUST hope that the government steps in and outlaws this practice.

Maybe I’ll advertise for a cleaner for my flat on a trial period!

Hamish Campbell

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IT’S not just hospitality. If you want a good job in finance, fashion etc in London then you need to fund yourself for months with no pay.

The problem is that as soon as you pay someone then they are in your books so they begin to get rights. Such as a week’s notice to be paid off.

At the end of the day if you weren’t good enough during the trial then no point being bitter about it.

We all have had to get the right clothes for job interviews etc. Also one hour isn’t long enough to see if someone is good enough, in fact it can take many days.

But there should be a way to at least pay an allowance to cover expenses without having to put the person on payroll.

I suppose now you have highlighted the issue and your future employers do a basic Google search of your name and see you’re trouble, it’s going to be even harder to find a job.

John Galt

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THIS happened to my daughter when she was at St Andrew’s University (no it’s not just for the very privileged, they allow a few Scottish students in because they have to).

I don’t know the name of the cafe but she had to go up and down stairs constantly with orders with no breaks.

She was struggling with anxiety issues and needed to get a job to help get her out and earn money to help confidence but had to walk out later in the afternoon as she was exhausted.

If companies want to check employees they have probation periods when they can get rid of unsuitable candidates, they don’t need exploitation.

Diane McAlister

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THIS has been going on for years now. I previously worked delivering the DWP’s “Gateway to Work” programme for young unemployed.

I was seriously concerned about these work trials and raised it with the DWP at the time. An employer, any employer can ask a prospective employee to work on trial and then at the end of that trial tell them they had been unsuccessful.

Meanwhile the employer has already set up the next trialist for the following week and will do the same week in week out for months. That way getting free labour for no payments. It is only after the 12th (12 weeks) of work trials do the DWP raise an eyebrow and question the employer’s intentions.

The employer can just say that none of the trialists were of an acceptable standard and so it goes on. Another employer money saver is to give under 21s “work experience” where they work for their benefit plus travel costs. The employer contributes nothing.

The unemployed candidate however is compelled to do the job or be sanctioned (lose their JSA for a period of time).

It is against minimum wage legislation but gets passed via the loophole of “training” and it allows the employer to let their own staff go because we, the tax payers, are now paying the young unemployed to do the job instead and paying their JSA while they do so.

Kevan Navek

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