Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 31, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
VOL. LXVI No. 221 The Lcthbtidge Herald AUGUST 1973 PRICE 10 CENTS TWO SECTIONS-26 PAGES Communists battle rail workers as rail workers battle Parliament neither side was victorious as Commons prepared back-to-work orders Heatandliquor sparked action By DOUG SMALL OTTAWA heat and liquor what observers described as the most explo- sive demonstration in Parliament Hill's a vio- lent invasion of the Centre Block's Hall of Honor by angry young railwaymen. About 150 non-operating railway workers split from i shouting group of outside the main Parliament building shortly after noon burst past Com- mons guards and red-coated Mounties at the door and launched the spree inside. Windows were scuffles broke out and shouts for a generous legislative settlement to the na- tional rail strike echoed through the halls. Four railwaymen and two guards were treated for Injuries by the Commons others dispersed hold- Ing swollen jaws and nursing bruises. There were no arrests. The melee reached its height outside the parlia- mentary mistaken by demonstrators as the Commons chamber. the railwaymen battled with reporters and cameramen and slogans and obscenities. Heavy steel fire doors prevented the men from get- ting into the library. Prime Minister watching briefly from a balcony smiled and said the demonstration seems like a noisy Union leaders attempted to calm other members ol the Associated Non-Operating Railway Unions gathered in the 90-degree heat outside. We aren't doing ourselves any good by this type of chief union negotiator Richard Smith bellowed through s bullhorn. Most of the rail workers were bused in from Mon- treal and Toronto and organizers admitted that some had been drinking. Commons staff had tougher descriptions. ones inside were said one guard. An- other They're just Basic issue leading to the demonstration was tha reluctance by the workers to accept a legislated settle- presented in the Commons later Thursday. We don't want to be sent back to one ex- plained. They did that in they forced us back to and we had to take the deal that management was offering in the first When the main assault on the Parliament building New Democrat Leader David Lewis attempt- ed to clear out the demonstrators with pleas shouted ihrough a bullhorn. The former labor lawyer urged about 50 workers to shut up for a and remember that your mothers and sisters are waiting is where you ought to Inside Classified 8-11 Comics........16 Comment...... 4 District........21 Family 25 Local News Markets......3 Sports 23 Theatres......7 Travel........26 TV 17-20 Weather......2 Workshop 15 LOW TONIGHT 40. HIGH SAT. WARMER OTTAWA Opposition MPs promised a hard look at strike-ending legislation today as the Commons debated under the shadow of a rail union re- fusal to order members baci to work unless the bill is changed. The given second reading approval Thursday pro- vides for a minimum wage set- tlement and compulsory arbi- tration. It effects three classes of railway the striking non-operating staff. shop- craft workmen who were ready to go on and the trainmen also seeking a new contract. The non-striking unions said they would seek legal opinions on whether the bill is binding on them. Conservative and New Demo- crat spokesmen said they would try to amend the bill to give the railwaymen a better deal. Before the legislation reached the emergency Commons ses- sion Thursday about 150 mili- tant union members went on a window-smashing spree in the main Parliament leav- ing four of their own and two policemen injured by flying glass. Some observers called it one of the most -violent in- cidents in Parliament's history After Labor Minister John Munro read the bill in the Com- mons Richard chairman of the bargaining committee for the said union leaders would not obey the bill if it passed unchanged. Disobedience would subject all workers to a maximum jail term of two years. In the leaders would be the ones brought into court. The controversial bill orders immediate resumption of rail service and collective bargain- ing under a imme- diate and retroactive wage in- creases based on conciliation reports rejected earlier by un- ion leaders and compulsory ar- bitration should mediation fail. It gained support in principle in a l92-to-24 Commons eighty-nine Conservatives join- ing with 90 12 Social Credit and one independent in favor of the bill. Opposed were 22 New Demo- crats and two Jack Horner of Crowfoot and Peter Reilly of Ottawa West. Standings in the 264-seat Com- Liberal Conservative New Democrat Social Credit independent two. Government sources said Par- liament could sit Saturday and Labor if the bill was not passed today. Cholera cases identified NAPLES Italian health authorities said Thurs- day they have identified 12 cases of cholera here among a total of 65 persons who came down with acute gastroenteritis in the three days. Seven have died. bill Vicious and unjust r Minimum raise set out in the legislation for the non-ops are 30 cents-an-hour retroactive to Jan. five per cent effective next Jan. 1 and three per cent next July 1. This would raise the average hourly wage to about by next July from For shopcrait workers and pay increases under the bill would be SVt per cent back to Jan. per cent ef- fective next Jan. 1 and per cent more next July 1. Shop- craft employees now average an hour and trainmen get It was the wage proposals that raised the ire cf Mr. Smith and about 60 other non-op union leaders. Mr. Smith called the bill and the basis of this we're willing to go to Shortage looms in EDMONTON Hard hit by the wee national rail oil companies are running short of some vital sup- plies in Alberta and the North- west Territories. Gulf Oil spokesman Paul Theriault said in Edmonton the stoppage of rail delivery of all lubricating oils and greases hit us pretty hard our warehouses are getting pretty Some Gulf stations have been out of multi-grade oils for 11 Coleman affected by rail blockage COLEMAN Effects of the non-operating railway workers' strike are be- ing felt here. Phillips Cables Ltd. at Sen- tinel will cease all operations at midnight today -and total Federal success limited OTTAWA The suc- cess of a federal-provincial pro- gram to control land costs for housing has been limited be- cause the provinces have not Prime Minister Trudeau said Thursday in the Commons. Only he has taken advantage of the million made available each year by Central Mortgage and Housing Corp. for land-assembly plans. Mr. Trudeau told Sinclair Ste- vens that opposition MPs should urge the provinces to act to lower hous- ing costs. Under the the federal government pays 75 per cent and the provinces 25 per cent. CMHC doled out million in 1971 and million in 1972 un- der the less than was an urban af- fairs department spokesman Said Thuratav production will cease. It will affect 230 workers Fern plant manag- said the firm will partially reopen Sept. 6 with about 35 of the including a minimum shipping and maintainance crew working. Mr. Paquette said the total staff will return to work Sept. 10. But he expected only 60 per cent of normal prroduction un- til the week of Sept. 17 when it is hoped transportation will be back to normal. Phillips Cables Ltd. had tak- en advance precautions to have a steady flow of copper coming to the plant via transport trucks. He said there is no lack of orders at the plant but copper is running out. At the same time a spokes- man for Coleman Collieries Ltd. here said the coal company is stockpiling its coal in the mine yards and so far has about 000 tons of coal on hand. A company spokesman said it's either a case of ceasing oper- ations and laying off 500 men or stockpiling coal. of gas Alberta days. Others are short of batteries and accessories. Although trucks are running seven days a there are not enough to bring Gulf sup- plies normally hauled by train from Eastern Canada to the Mr. Theriault said. Texaco and Imperial Oil spo- kesmen both said they wouldn't experience a problem in Alber- ta if scheduled truck shipments of lead for their refineries ar- rive. Shell Oil spokesmen Dave Webster said trucks in the Ed- monton area are running 14 days behind on deliveries to dealers. There could be a short- age of gasoline sometime next week if the rail strike is not set- he said. Mr. Webster said Shell would give service to farmers before gas stations if a shortage does but essential services such as ambulance and po- lice would get first priority. Shell's sulphur storage plants in Alberta are full. The com- pany must dump extra sulphur which is unrecoverable and can't be be said. No Herald Labor Day The Herald will not publish Sept. Labor Day. Full coverage of the holiday weekend news scene will be found in the Tuesday edition. Classified advertisements re- ceived by a.m. Saturday appear in Tuesday's edi- tinn Terror begins again LONDON bomb exploded outside a hotel in the heart of London early today in a new outbreak of the terror campaign being waged by Irish republican sympathizers. After the more than 000 many of them in their were evac- uated from the Cumberland Ho- tel near Hyde Park. There were no al- though scores of windows in the hotel and surrounding buildings were shattered by the ex- plosion. Police said the bomb had been left in a pile of garbage near the hotel's side entrance. A warning that the bomb liad been planted was received by a London news agency office about 10 minutes before the ex- plosion. Police had just enough time to clear the area traffic and pedestrians. After a thorough search of the hotel and surrounding the guests were allowed to re- By VICTOR MACKIE Herald Ottawa Burean OTTAWA The federal cabi- net has come down firmly against moving into a program of price and wage but may consider action against ex- cess profits if prices continue to be boosted by companies recording substantial increases in it was learned Iran government sources. The cabinet has been confer- ring daily since Monday either in cabinet committees or in meetings of the whole cabinet. It is bracing for a solid as- sault next week by the com- bined forcss of the Progressive New Democratic and Social Credit opposition parties over the rising cost of living. Any suggestion that it embark on a price and wage freeze program at this stage however has been firmly re- jected. Should the government decide however that oil companies are introducing unwarranted price increases in light of their sub- stantial it can act through the National Energy Board to curtail price hikes. There are other agencies of government through which the federal cabinet could bring pressure to bear to curb other price if it decides such action is necessary. Impohition of an excess prof- its tax could be sources said but the government has ruled out such a move at present. Among the steps the govern- ment has or is con- sidering at this stage are the The Canada Pension Plan to be amended at this ses- sion to provide for full escalat- ion of these pensions in line with the consumer price index. Old age security and guaranteed income supplement plans escalated quarterly rather than annually. Family allowances to be increased an average of per month per child effective 1974. With these proposed changes the pension plan and guaran- teed income supplement will lag just two months behind the cost of living. Now it is 18 months behind. Prime Minister Trjdeau told the commons that cheques to be issued to the pensioners after the measures have been ap- proved by parliament would probably be dated Oct. 1 but they would take into account the increase in the cost of living which has taken place since July 1. Other measures the govern- ment has been considering Increased agricultural subsidies to help hold down the prices for bread and milk. Action to stabilize agri- cultural prices. Members of the cabinet were optimistic after the first brush with the combined opposition Thursday in the resumed ses- sion of parliament. The believe that the government will not face as difficult a time as sev- eral had feared. They have de- tected no inclination on the part of the NDP to bring about the defeat of the Liberal minority government. and heard About town fOALDALE arej residient Mrs. Lester Renfrew de- ciding all thieves don't have two legs after shooting a mar- mot that was attacking her chickens check- said Crown prosecut- ors Art Larson and Jim Lang- ston leafing through the lat- est copy of Penthouse maga- zine. WEEKEND MAGAZINE C4NCELLED SATURDAY Weekend the weekly feature supple- ment carried in 21 Canadian including The will not publish its Sept. edtion because of a shortage of newsprint strikes. In making the William president Montreal Standard Publishing said he does not know whether the magazine will be forced to cancel another issue in the future. With the magazine's newsprint the choice had to be made between cancelling either the Sept. 1 or the Sept. 8 edition. The regular weekend comic section will be In- cluded in Saturday's Herald.