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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 2, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta y, February J, 197? THE lETHMIDGE HtftAlD SI Remember the kisl lime? Time draws near for new contract .for postal employees OTTAWA (CP) The time is drawing near for a new contract for postal workers. Remember the last time? The concilia- tions and al- most a year before agreement was reached in September, In the last three months of the dispute, the rotating strike was unveiled as a refined instnimcnl of public torture. The post office estimated this weapon cost million in losl business and rev- enue. The posties emerged will) a IS-pcr-cenl wage increase over a two-year half- way between their bargaining demands and the original offer from the federal treasury board. Talks are about to start again but spokesmen for both sides are indicating that a new agree- ment can be obtained before the old one expires March 27. Users of the mails might be permitted a moment's skepti- cism. The post office has been hit wiUi three major strikes since tlie first of them before the postal workers were entitled to strike legally. Rotating strikes in Ontario last November re- sulted from a dispute over the use of casual labor to fill in for absent letter carriers. The skeptic also will note the lough stand on salary increases taken by the treasury board and the cabinet in the 11-day strike this month by air traffic con- trollers. Many may commend the gov- ernment for its perseverance in seeking an agreement through collective bargaining rather than recalling Parliament for back-to-work legislation. It remains, however, that agreement proved elusive and the final settlement will be made by an arbitrator. So what is to prevent tire big- gest postal strike ever occurring this year? One hope is that treasury board and Council of Postal Un- ions negotiators will have less to disagree about than before. The negotiations will be the third since collective bargaining was introduced in the public service in 1967 and it is felt that STEREO FAIR See Page 7 many essential contract clauses now have been hammered into shape for some time to come. The two sides also have had preliminary meetings in an ef- fort to clear away minor issues. They hope to be able to get down to the big issues, the money issue in particular, shortly after formal bargaining opens Feb. 17. Another suggestion is that th two sides are older and wise than before. "It's said that it usually take a couple of strikes before an collective bargaining situatio settles comments on man close to the talks. "Well, we've bad three an maybe that will be enough." But unusual goodwill will b Father shot down over son's body LONDONDERRY (AP) A father wounded on Northern Ireland's "bloody Sunday" said Tuesday that British troops gunned him down over the body of his dying son. Alex Nash, 52, said from his hospital bed: "I saw a young fellow get it and my son Wil- was over with another man to pick him up and they got it. "I ran over to him and held my hand up to try and stop Item shooting. "But I got hit in the arm. It was like target practice." Nash, father of 13 children, said he fell onto his son and that later troops picked up his boy's body and two others and threw them into the back of an armored car "like dogs." Nash and other wounded in- sisted none of those shot had been armed. British troops said they fired only after snip- pers shot at them. Thirteen persons were killed. Among 15 wounded still in a hospital, Joel Friel, 20, from the Roman Catholic Bogside district, said he and his com- rades Wed to flee the shoot ing. "We went inlo a little square, but four soldiers came round the he said. "1 was shaking, panicking. "The soldier who shot me. shot from the hip. I heard the bang and 1 felt a thud. "I thought it was a rubber bullet, but I looked down anc saw that it wasn't and blcoc started pouring out of my mouth. "No words were they never gave us any warn- ing." Alana Burke, 18, said: "I was pinned to the wall with one of the armored cars. 1 was running away and saw it coming but I couldn't run fast enough. "People were treading on me and people were falling like flies." France flounders PAHIS (CP) France's eco nomic outlook for 1972 appeal- uncertain as the country Strug gles to combat unemploymen and inflation. Finance Minister Valery Gis card d 'Estaing has predicted five-per-cent growth for the year, but at the same lim prices arc expected to increase about six per cent. Unemployment increased 25 per cent during 1971, and France now has unem ployed workers, many of them young persons looking for theh First jobs. FASHION Continues with further reductions on DRESSES GOWNS SUITS COATS SPORTS- WEAR SHOP NOW AND SAVE at IADIESWEAR Vf OPEN MONDAY THRU SATURDAY Rising prices have prompte industry to slow down and cu investment programs and even at times, to reduce personnel. With an election scheduled fo the spring of 1973, the Frenc government will have to win a least part of the battle agains these trends which are slowin] down the economy. President Georges Pompido: says the slowdown is part of general world economic Irene tat adds that the govemmcn will devote a considerable effort to eliminating inflation and un employment. TO RESTRICT FOREIGNERS The government recently an nounced measures to reduce un employment, including s t r i c control of the number of foreign workers entering the country financial assistance to elderlj workers, and locally initiatet programs. It is estimated that three mil lion immigrant workers now earn a living in the country which means that one in five persons employed is a for eigner. One in 10 of the foreigners is said lo be in the country' ille- gally, and the government launching an all-out campaign to cut off the illegal entry of im migrant workers. To boost the economy in 1972 the minister of finance is ex peeled to announce reforms which, observers expect, wil ease consumer credit, reduce interest rates and make it eas ier for French industry to bor- row money. Labor Minister Joseph Fonta- net has indicated he intends to ease the pressure of the demanc for jobs by a decentralization employment policy. Unemploy- ment would then be fought at the local level, by concentrating on the specific conditions each area. British shipping firm charged SAINT JOHN, N.B. (CP) A spokesman for the transport de- partment's steamship branch said today (he British super- ankfr Evgcnia Chandris will be charged under the Canada Ship- )ing Act with discharging oil in Canadian waters. The vessel is owned by Chan- dris Shipping Co. Ltd. Follow- ng it.s departure for the Per- iian Gulf there were re- ports of an oil slick over a 20- mile area in the Bay of Fundy. The spokesman said it may be lifficult lo prosecute because he ship no longer is in Cana- lian waters. Slock barred MONTREAL (CP) The Ca- Indian Stock Exchange an- iwim-rti Tm'faday ihai stock of Pacific Nickel has been sus- prvded from trading "ponding submission of a filing statement disclosing material changes in the affairs of Ihe company." The issue, which did not trade Monday, closed Friday at (ifl cents, up 111 cents on shares. required to settle the basic con- tract issues without strife of some sort. NOW MAKE S3.] 2 UP The postmen now earn hourly- wages ranging between for the lowest beginner to for mail dispatchers and supervi- sory 'relief) letter carriers with three years' experience. The top-rated workers have a basic annual wage of The rales compare favorably with those for many industrial workers but they are well short of the pay scales won by mili- tant unions in the mining and auto industries. The postmen, meanwhile, recall a time when they had wage parity with po- licemen and warn that they in- tend to catch up. The eventual pay settlement will be affected by agreements on other key issues ir.cluding job security, discipline, over- time and shift premiums, hours of work and working conditions. The unions will be demanding a bigger voice in decisions af- fecting their members as a re- sult of technological change and new procedures. The post office is expected to he looking for more flexibility in such matters as job assignments and trans- fers. Another factor is the possibil- ity that the government will turn Hie post office department into a Crown corporation. Nei- ther the Cana- dian Union of Postal Workers nor the Letter Carriers' Union of Canada is op- posed outright to the notion but they are uneasy at the thought of the change. James McCall, newly-elected president of the CUPW, wonders if the government has made the decision already and now has started the process. "We'll be able to tell better whether they're moving to a Crown corporation prior to sub- mitting legislation after we've seen their counter-demands at the bargaining he said in an interview. Mr. McCall himself repre- sents another dimension to the negotiations. He replaced William lloule as president of the union at a con- vention last year and he came in with a promise cf thorough going militant leadership. It remains to be seen hov. well the new leaders of the CUPW will get along with the established executive of the al- lied Letter Carriers. I Difficulties could arise at the bargaining table if the two un- ions are unable to agree on what they want. Still to be seU lied are their differences over which is to represent mail-truck drivers who now are to be em- ployed directly by the post of- fice rtther than by private con- tractors. ACTIVE TV FEBRUARY CLEARANCE 3 Oniy 26" Electrohome Coior Reg. SPECIAL.............. W 1238 3rd Ave. S. Phone 327-5020 Wovtiw UP-TO-MINUTE KNITl' Men's Vilana' Knit Shirts These comfortable knits keep right on selling! Dupont's "Tycora" yarn has a luxury look that's fully washable! A. Long Sleeved Knit with nylon zipper closing. Enriched 2-tone Argyle panel front. Green and more. B. Extra full long-sleeved turtle neck that's ideal for sport or dress looks. Black, Plum, Berry, Ivory, Chocolate, Navy. C. Knit with zipper closing and colour-trimmed collar and pocket. Chocolate, Bottle Green, Red, Maize and Black. 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