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Before rushing to legislate to outlaw blacklisting (your reports, 21 November), the SNP government should first adopt a more realistic attitude to the world of work.

Employers, managers and fellow employees need confidence that any new start shares their interest in the success of the business. Indeed, it is the common experience of most adults that a single bad apple can ruin relationships not just between manager or supervisor and employee, but also among colleagues generally. The same holds true in public sector bodies, charities and voluntary organisations.

Inter-employee relationships are usually as important to the functioning of a business as hierarchical ones. Where an individual is creating major difficulties, employees look to their manager or employer to sort the problem out.

Experience teaches that the best way to solve these type of problems is to avoid them happening in the first place, and that starts with careful recruitment. If one tool for doing this is outlawed, no doubt recruiters will find others.

More than anything else, the employment relationship rests on trust and confidence. Governments and bureaucrats would be well advised to remember that.

Otto Inglis

Inveralmond Grove