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Mum's pay rise plea got me sacked.

A teenager who worked for just pounds 1.37 an hour was sacked - after his mum tried to get him a pay rise.

Neil Tait, 18, got the bullet 10 minutes after she phoned his boss to plead for a better deal.

Last night, mum Mary said: "They've just done this out of spite."

Neil started with Malcolm Insulation Ltd in Dalmuir, Dunbartonshire, 14 months ago.

The fork-lift truck driver asked for a rise after his 18th birthday - but he was turned down.

Mary, 45, said: "His boss just said he wasn't getting one. But I feel my son can't always put himself across as he'd like to, so I phoned his boss to discuss it.

"He refused to talk to me and said he'd have the police arrest me for trespassing if I came anywhere near the premises."

Ten minutes later, Neil, of Clydebank, was sacked.

He said: "My boss told me there wasn't enough work for me any more.

"They told me not to bother coming in again. I worked hard for them and they just exploited me."

Boss Archibald Malcolm said: "Neil was laid off simply because of a lack of work - nothing more than that."

He pledged Neil would get his wages paid in full, plus any holiday time owed and a reference if he wanted one.
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Author:Page, Cara
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Oct 6, 1997
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