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No going back to the bad old days

Letters

Sir,

I FEEL I must reply to the letter in your June 3 edition from Phil Willis, in which he states that most self-employed workers would rather be employed.

This is not true. All the tradespeople I know don't want to go on the books and the ones that have been forced to are a lot worse off.

He talks of the old methods. I can remember the old methods. Bully-boy shop stewards called strikes at the drop of a hat, mostly to further their own ends or to protect the lazy or incompetent.

All the trades I know are just hoping that this new tax law, which is badly thought-out, will fall flat on its face.

What other business has to have nearly a quarter of its income deducted before it pays out on running costs?

This is just a nasty piece of legislation thought up by people who have no idea of the way the industry works and the flexibility of the labour that is required.

I don't want to go back to the days of low wages, of working for the lowest common denominator and for some trouble-making shop steward.

Mr G Willis

Swindon

Wiltshire