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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 2, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Wedn.idoy, February J, 197J THE inHHIDGE HtftAlD Remember the last li Time draws near for new contract .for postal employees OTTAWA (CP) The time L drawing near lor a new conlrac Tor postal workers. Remember UK last time? The concilia lions nnd a" most a year agreemen was reached in September, In the last three months ol the dispute, the rotating strike was unveiled as a refined instnimen of public loriurc. The post offie estimated this weapon cost million in lost business and rev enue. 'flic postics emerged with a 15-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 pBrniilled a moment's skepti- cism. The post office lias been hit wiUi three major strikes since the first of them before the postal workers were entitled to strike legally. Relating strikes in Ontario lasl November re- sulled 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 Hie cabinet in the H-riay strike this month by air traffic con trailers. 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, thai agreement proved elusive and Uie final setllemenl will be made by an arbilralor. So what is to prevent tire big- gest postal strike ever occurring this year? One hope is that treasury hoard 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 I9B7 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 gel down to the big issues, Ihe money issue in particular, shortly after formal bargaining opens Feb. 17. Another suggestion is that the two sides are older and wiser than before. "It's said that R usually takes a couple of strikes before any collective bargaining situalion sellles comments one man close lo Uie talks. "Well, we've bad three and maybe that will be enough." 13ul unusual goodwill will be 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 Ihe 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 them 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 tried to flee tlie shoot- ing. "We went inlo a little square, but four soldiers came round the he said. "I was shaking, panicking. "The soldier who shot me, shot from the hip. 1 heard the bang and 1 fell a Ihud. "I thought it was a rubber bullet, but I looked down and saw thai it wasn't and blood started pouring out of my mouth. "No words were they never gave us any warn- ing." AJana Burke, IB, said: "I was pinned to the wall wilh one of the armored cars. I 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 ec nomic outlook for 1972 appeal uncertain as the country stru, jles to combat unemploymer and inflation. Finance Minister Valery Gi :ard d 'Estaing has predicted ive-per-cent growth for th 'ear, but at the same tim )rices arc expected Lo incrcas about six per cent. Unemployment increased ler cent during 1971, now has 500.000 unem iloyed workers, many of thei persons looking for Ihei irst jobs. FASHION Continues with further reductions on DRESSES GOWNS SUITS COATS SPORTS- WEAR SHOP NOW AND SAVE at IftDIES WEAR OPEN MONDAY THRU SATURDAY Rising prices have prompted industry to slow down and cut investment programs and even, at times, lo reduce personnel. Wilh an election scheduled for the spring of 1973, the French government will have to win at least part of the battle against these trends which are slowing down the economy. President Georges Pompidca says the slowdown is part of a general world economic trend, but adds thai the government 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 strict control of Ihe number of foreign workers entering the country, financial assistance to elderly workers, and locally initiated 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 Ihe country ille- gally, and the government is launching an all-out campaign lo cut off the illegal entry of im- migrant workers. To boost the economy in 1972, he minister of finance is Kcled to announce reforms which, observers expect, will ease consumer credit, reduce interest rates and make it eas- er for French industry to bor- row money. Labor Minister Joseph Fonla- nel has indicated he intends lo ease the pressure of the demand or jobs by a decentralization employment policy. Unemploy- ment would then be fought at he local level, by concentrating >n the specific conditions in each area. jJrilish shipping inn charged SAINT JOHN, N.B. (CP) A pokesman for the transport de- artment's steamship branch aid loday the British super- inker Evgenia Chandris will he liargcd under the Canada Ship- ing Act wilh discharging oil in anadian waters. The vessel is owned by Chan- dris Shipping Co. Lid. Follow- ng il.s departure lor the Per- an Gulf (.here were re- of an oil slick over a 20- mile area in Ihe Bay of Fundy. The spokesman said il may be ifficult lo prosecute because ic ship no longer is in Ciina- ian waters. Slodv MONTR UAL, (CP) The Ca- itfian Slock (Cxdiaiipc rni- mim-i-ti Tiii-Miiiy ihal stock of Pacific Nickel has been sus- prvdod from Irading "pending submission of n filing slalcmcnt disclosing material changes in Ihe affairs of Ihe company." The issue, which did not Iradr Monday, closed Friday at fin ccnls. up ill ccnls on shares. required lo sttlle the basic con- tract issues without strife of some sort. NOW MAKE S3.12 Ul' The postmen now earn hourly wages ranging between S3.12 for the lowest beginner to for mail dispatchers and supervi- sory 'relief) letter carriers with Ihree years' experience. The lop-raled workers have a basic annual wage of The rales compare favorably wilh those for many industrial workers but they are well short of the pay scales by mili- tant unions in the mining and auto industries. The postmen, meanwhile, recall a lime when they had wage parity with po- licemen and warn lhal they in- lend to up. The eventual pay settlement will he affected by agic-eiiiiiiU, on other key issues ircluding job securily, discipline, over- lime 2nd 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 ol technological change and new procedures. The post office is expected lo he looking for more flexibility in such matters as job assignments and trans- fers. Another factor is the possibil- ity Uial the government will lurn Hie posl office department inlo a Crown corporation. Nei- ther the Cana- dian Union of Postal Workers nor the Letter Carriers' Union of Canada is posed outright to Ihe notion but Ihey are uneasy at the thought of the change. James McCall, newly-elected president of Uie CUPW, wonders if the government has made the decision already and now has started the process. "We'll be able to lell heller whether they're moving lo a Crown corporation prior to sub- mitting legislation after we've seen their counter-demands al the bargaining he said in an interview. Mr. McCall himself repre- sents another dimension to the negotiations. He replaced William Iloule as presidem of the union at a c in- vention last year and he came in wilh a promise cf thorough going mililanl leadership. II remains to be seen hov. well the new leaders ol the CUPW will gel along with the established executive of the al- lied Letter Carriers. j Difficulties could arise at the bargaining (able if Ihe two un- ions are unable lo agree on what they want. Still lo be set- tled are their differences over which i.s to represent mail-truck drivers who now are to be em- nloyod directly by the post of- fice than by private con- traders. ACTIVE TV FEBRUARY CLEARANCE 26" Electrohome Coior 10 cocriAi WW 3 only Reg. SB29. SPECIAL 1238 3rd Ave. S. Phone 327-5020 UP-TO-MINUTE KNIT 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 wilh nylon zipper closing. Enriched 2-1one Argyle panel front. Green and more. B. Extra full long-sleeved lurtle neck I hoi's ideal for spoM or dress looks. Black, Plum, Berry, Ivory, Chocolate, Navy. C. Knit with zipper closing and colour-trimmed collar and pocket. 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