Letters - March 6

File photo dated 18/02/12 of a Right to Work campaigner holds a banner outside the Tesco Express store at Portcullis House, Westminster. Fresh protests against the Government's work experience scheme are to be held tomorrow when demonstrators will target a number of Tesco stores. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday February 21, 2012. Employment Minister Chris Grayling has defended the scheme, saying critics are "job snobs" and adding that the project helps tackle the record number of young jobless people because it boosts their CVs with six-week work placements. See PA story INDUSTRY Work. Photo credit should read: Ian Nicholson/PA Wire
File photo dated 18/02/12 of a Right to Work campaigner holds a banner outside the Tesco Express store at Portcullis House, Westminster. Fresh protests against the Government's work experience scheme are to be held tomorrow when demonstrators will target a number of Tesco stores. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday February 21, 2012. Employment Minister Chris Grayling has defended the scheme, saying critics are "job snobs" and adding that the project helps tackle the record number of young jobless people because it boosts their CVs with six-week work placements. See PA story INDUSTRY Work. Photo credit should read: Ian Nicholson/PA Wire
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THE Government should stop all its forced labour schemes (Gazette March 2).

Why should large multi-national companies not pay the market rate for people they are employing?

Taxpayers are subsidising this free labour and, therefore, we are all helping grow profits for these huge businesses.

If there is enough work to recruit people on these programmes, why don’t those companies just employ them and pay them a proper wage?

Also, if these firms are using jobseekers as cheap labour, how do the paid employees of those firms feel knowing others are doing exactly the same job are not being paid a wage?

I’d be worried I could be replaced with a jobseeker, after all they are carrying out the same duties at a much lower cost.

Having people working on lower than minimum wage in any business undermines pay strategies and seriously damages the fight for fair pay.

The workfare programmes are disgraceful in many ways.

Working for nothing under threat of losing benefits serves the dual purpose of punishing the unemployed for being unemployed at a time when there is a shortage of jobs, and is part of the Government’s attempts to drive down the wages of those in employment.

MARK JONES

Bleasdale Avenue

Staining

I HAVE a dog and always carry bags and always pick up her fouling.

I am a council member of Cherry Tree Area Forum and have raised the issue several times at meetings.

If the council wants people to bag it and bin it (Gazette March 1), then bins should be provided all over the town, as well as where they are now. I walk my dog regularly on Midgeland Road, as do many other people and there is not a bin to be seen.

While I am prepared to carry my dog’s fouling home, I am sure most people will not bother to pick it up if there is nowhere to bin it.

The amount of dog dirt on the grass verges on Midgeland Road has to be seen to be believed.

Coun Fred Jackson has promised to make the streets cleaner.

Let’s hope this involves providing more bins where, at present, they are lacking.

BARBARA CHARLTON

Marton

WITH regard to the article, £20,000 lifeline for tram protest (Gazette March 1), it states the new tram stops cost about £180,000 each.

Do the contractors think of a figure, double it and then add their birthday?

The work involved does not justify £180,000.

D&V STANSFIELD

Duncan Avenue

Norbreck