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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 6, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Friday, Dtctmbw 6, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 21 Communist women call in vain for equal pay By LAJOS LEDERER LoadoB Observer Women in Eastern Europe have begun to agitate for equal pay a principle to which the Communists have long given lip service, but which they do not follow in the countries they rule. Equality has largely been confined to an expectation of equal output of work without the equivalent reward. In Poland and Hungary, for ex- ample, women are paid only 65 per cent of the wages earn- ed by men in comparable oc- cupations. Yet the economics of Com- munist countries depend more upon the work of women than those of the Western world. The few official statistics published by the Communist bloc show that women make up an average of 42 per cent of the total labour force. In Britain, by comparison, the overall figure is about 37 per cent. And, in contrast to the Communist countries, 50 per cent of these women are employed in lighter work. In Romania and Bulgaria women provide an astonishing 70 per cent of farm labour and more than 40 per cent in the industries of Czechoslovakia, Poland and Hungary. The situation of women in the Soviet Union and their role m production have been dis- cussed recently in the Soviet newspapers. No statistics have been published but travellers are familiar with the sight of women in Russia in work demanding great physical build- ing, laying railway tracks and driving heavy farm machinery. The working mother in Communist countries leaves Mr children at creche j run by the State and these services are free, whether the mother is married or not a necessi- ty where large families are encouraged, but where the needs of industry will not per- mit women merely to run a home. Recent demonstrations in factories oy women in Hungary, Czechoslovakia and Romania demanding equal pay have brought them little comfort. The regimes there know that most married women need to work because their husbands salaries or wages are not sufficient to provide them with all they need. The reason given, however, for the refusal of equal pay has a familiar ring for Western ears: that "women have not the same skills and qualifications as men But surely the real reason is that, although for example over 60 per cent of the teachers in the Communist countries are women, there are less than a dozen women in the top policy making bodies of the Com- munist regimes. Sandwiched-in "Nyaah, who put me next to a smelly, gooey banana-and-peanut butter shrilled the tuna and mayonnaise. "Aah, bellowed the roast beef double-decker, "You seafood guys are just getting too snotty for your own That might have been some of the talk among the lunch boxes on 13th Avenue and 23rd Street N., recently as their owners abandoned them in a line while waiting for the school bus. BILL GROENEN photo Economic slump blamed NEW YORK (AP) The countrywide economic slump and other factors are blamed for Weston's Shoppers City In- corp. for filing for reorganiza- tion under federal bankruptcy laws Weston has stores in Olean, Watertown, Massena, Syracuse, Utica, Ithaca, Os- wego, Bmghampton and Corn- ing, as well as in Indiana, Pennsylvania and Maryland. A company attorney says Weston's troubles started in 1972 when floods from hurricane Agnes destroyed the merchandise in its Olean store. love is knowing when to keep quiet. TM U S foi CHI i.g I 1974 by lot AAfK't, Timci COLOUR OR BLACK WHITE KEEPS YOUR CAMERA LOADED JUST LEAVE YOUR FILMS DEVELOPING AND PRINTING, AND RECEIVE A NEW ROLL OF FILM AT NO EXTRA CHARGE IN YOUR FINISHING ENVELOPE. COLOUR FILM SantaClauawilllM at College wan Saturday, Dec. 7th a.m. to 12 Noon to p.m. Quality Developing, You pay only for the film developing and for the amount of prints you receive! No Hidden Charges No COLOUR or BLACK WHITE SIZES 110 120 620 127 126 135mm Contract cohabitation alternative to marriage? 'Roommates' with a difference DIANA McLELLAN WMhliftoi Star-Newt WASHINGTON There's been conventional marriage, open marriage, contract marriage, com- munal marriage, unisexual marriage, "two-step" marriage, group marriage, short term marriage and no marriage, otherwise known as Living In Sin. What next? A 50-year-old chemist, a casualty of a couple of the above forms, has cooked up a brand new formula. He's lived by it for two years, he likes it, he's written a book about it and he thinks that for a lot of people, from ardent women's liberationists to the most porcine of male chauvinists; it might be the final solution to the sex problem. His name for it. contract co- habitation. At first blush and in fact at later blushes, too it's very much like hiring a housekeeper with whom you might get cozy. The big difference, according to author Edmmund L Van Deusen, is that the employer can be of either sex. (He just happens to be both employer and male, he says.) And the little differences are the ones that have made it attractive enough for several of his friends to try; namely, that the extent, times and type of companionship, the house-keeping duties, the demands for entertaining and the times when no demands at all can be made by employer on employee are clearly, precisely spelled out. Vacations, a salary, days off, regular hours and set respon- sibilities of the employee are part of each individual contract. A 30-day cancellation notice is a require- ment for both parties. Emotional commitment is not part of the pic- ture. A typical suggested contract for an employer employee relationship in the home for example, might look like, this: Special Tasks Light housekeeping Meal preparation Household shopping (Estimated time per day: two hours.) Companionship Weekdays: 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday: 3 p.m. on Sunday All day Bedtime: normally 11 p.m. Night off: Wednesday Vacation time: one week off per year, with pay. Client entertaining: optional Social entertaining: required The perpetrator of this cold blooded sounding notion and author of "contract cohabitation" turns out to be a genial, frizzy haired, middle class moon faced man with bright blue eyes behind enormous bifocals, the son of American missionaries to China. His contractual employee, Elaine Peterson, (not her real name) is a small animated, dark eyed, frizzy haired, 35 year old veteran of two stolid marriages complete with the PTA, followed by communes, ashrams, mountainside solitude, and various other counter ci-lture lifestyles. The unlikely looking combination met in a very business like way. After a marriage of 26 years, which he left for another woman, followed by a series of wretched one night stands and painful love affairs, he put an ad in a newspaper; it offered room, board and a month to a woman. Responses poured in. Some came from hookers, some from bored housewives, some from students. Van Deusen says he filtered out the purely for sex women, women he might fall in love with, women too young, women who wanted to get married, and women who would be unsympathetic to his middle class lifestyle. He and his employee say they are delighted with their arrangement now. Of course there's dis- said Van Deusen agreeably over luncheon. "And of course much of it is on religious grounds But everybody knows somebody who's living with someone else. They just don't know people with a business arrangement "There is no agreement for sex, or for laughter, or for looking at sunsets together. The interviewer couldn't help noticing that they held hands under the table, and wondered if they'd last. _ Shopping Mall A pnUr 2025 Mayor Magrath Drlvt V Monday, Tumday A Wadrmday V a.m. to p.m. DEPARTMENT STORES Thtirtday Friday a.m. to p.m. DIVISION o dofla s worih ol dver t BtJ poodj and sefv ce Iromd Heron! Cinad in rtu Hie- Naiu Hfy Ihe Cove nmcnt buy from la qe tidu'lr cs you do '00' Bui n tacl 95% of DSS tonln Is i L (Or less than 000 00 and most Ol it ose are a raided why you' company shoiildn I be one ot them Each yea Government order books show an Govern Supply a 0 Services impress ve I si of nems nfl Iocd anfl Clo h ifl IO tu'n ture and Irucks 'iom computers and sh ps lo pcnc Is and paper cl ps n (act all Ihe serv ces and supp' e1" n rnodern govern men! needs Vouname I Iht> Government buys t F nd oul how you can shaie in th vast bus ness volurrw Sena trie coupon and we w II show you how to do bus ness vnih the Canad an e its Pt i tan Opportunity knocks Please send further information on how my company can do business with DSS. Name- _Title_ Company- Type of Company- Company address. City-------------------- .Postal Code. -Prov.- To: Secretary, Supply Administration Department of Supply and Services, Code 20A MacDonald Building, 123 Slater Street Ottawa, Ontario MA OSS This year the Canadian government, through the Department of Supply and Services will buy over billion worth of diversified goods and services from many Canadian industries. Naturally, DSS buys from large industries you do too' But, in fact, 95% of DSS contracts are for under and most of these are awarded competitively to small Canadian operations If you provide the kinds of goods and services DSS buys, it is your right to be considered for such business. Supply and Services Canada Jean-Pierre Goyer Minister and Receiver General for Canada Each year, DSS order books show an astonishing variety of items, ranging from food and clothing to furniture and tractors, from computers and ships to pencils and paper clips in effect, the services and supplies your government needs. Find out how simple it is to try for a share of this vast business volume. Write to your nearest re- gional office or send this coupon. We'll explain what it takes to do business with DSS. Approvisionnements et Services Canada Jean-Pierre Goyer Mmistre et Receveur general du Canada The mailing addresses of DSS Regional Supply Offices are shown below: PO Box 3000 Mam Post Office Dartmouth, N S B2Y 4A8 800 Golf Road Nuns' Island Montreal, Que H3E1G9 1010 Somerset St W Ottawa, Ontario K1AOT4 1191 CawthraRoad Port Credit, Ont L5G 4K8 MacDonald Bldg Room 326, 344 Edmonton Street Winnipeg. Man R3B 2X9 I0210-107th Street Edmonton, Alta T6J1J9 355 Viking Way Richmond, B C V6V 1W6 ;