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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 4, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta British mine leaders handed 4-to-1 mandate to call strike LONDON (Reuter) British coal have voted 81 per cent in favor of a national strike to press their pay demands on the government, it was announced today. The announcement plunges crisis-ridden Britain into even more gloom. The four-to-one mandate for a strike increased the likelihood of a crippling stoppage in the coal fields starting next Sunday unless a compromise solution is found in crucial meetings in the next few days. The result of the strike vote, held in the coal fields Thursday and Friday, gives the miners' leaden authority to call a strike but does not automatically mean a strike. The decision to call a strike rests with the union's 27-man national executive which meets Tuesday to consider its next move. The result of the vote was announced at the miners' union headquarters by an official of the Electoral Reform Society, which counted the votes. Union president Joe Gormley said immediately after the result was announced: "What we need is more cash on the table." "This result will prove to a lot of people that we (the union leaders) know what the miners are thinking, rather than the he said. The 81-per-cent majority was the highest for a strike in the union's history. Of more than valid votes cast, were in favor and against a strike. Provisional notice has already been given to the government-run National Coal Board that a strike will'begin from midnight next Sunday night. The vote was announced only a few hours before Prime Minister Edward Heath was to meet with union leaders in a new attempt to stave off the strike. Heath was to talk with leaders of the Trades Union Congress high command of Britain's organized labor and representing 10 million workers. If the talks indicate there is a chance to give the jniners a better pay deal, the miners' union executive may delay calling a full-scale strike But if there isn't, labor sources say the executive will almost certainly order the walk- out as planned. A coal shutdown would quickly strangle industry, already weakened by the go-slow campaign by the miners in support of their hefty pay demands. The miners have rejected the National Coal Board's offer of a seven-per-cent increase plus additional payments for unsocial hours. The miners want payment for the time they spend getting to the coal face and taking a shower and changing clothes after their day's work. The LetHbridae Herald VOL. LXVII 45 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 1974 10 Cents 24 Pages Strike cripples U.S. food deliveries WASHINGTON (AP) Gunfire, rock-throwing, and tire-slashing added today to mounting troubles resulting from a strike by independent truck drivers that is crippling food deliveries in the United States and causing job layoffs in affected industries. An estimated workers whose jobs depend on truck shipments are reported idle. Violence was reported in more than a dozen states, and in some areas state National Guard troops are helping keep the peace Two drivers suffered shoulder wounds from bullets which struck their trucks near New Buffalo, Mich., and Louisville, Ky Sunday night A Pennsylvania official said there has been 14 shootings at trucks and up to 100 other violent incidents since last Wednesday. One trucker died in violence related to the shutdown last Thursday. About National Guards troops stood watch today on Ohio and Pennsylvania high- ways, federal and-state offi- cials recessed a Washington meeting early today without setting the growing shutdown that has affected at least 30 states. Thousands of trucks are not operating, hundreds of truck stop stations-cafes have closed since Thursday. Federal energy chief William Simon, Gov. Milton Shapp of Pennsylvania, representatives of five other states and spokesmen for some independent drivers participated in the Washing- ton meetings that were to re- sume today after two unsuc- cessful sessions Sunday. Simon said that he opposed, but did not rule out, a rollback in diesel-fuel prices A rollback is a key demand by the strikers They say diesel fuel has gone to 47 cents a gallon from 33 cents in eight months A U S. gallon is five- sixths of a Canadian gallon. Shapp proposed a 45-day moratorium on the truckers' shutdown to avert "pending economic disaster." But spokesmen for the striking independents, and drivers interviewed in several states, said they won't roll again until diesel fuel prices are cut, freight rates are raised and until they are allowed to pass along higher fuel costs. "They'll start waking up when the store shelves are predicted trucker Bill Holt in St Louis, Mo. Fruit shortage expected WINNIPEG (CP) A shortage of fresh fruit and vegetables likely will occur in Canada as a result of the unsettled conditions in the United States tracking industry, M D. Booty, Sresident of the Canadian rocery Distributors' Institute, said today. Virtually all fresh fruit and vegetables consumed in Canada at this time of the year are shipped in by truck from southern points in the U.S "Blockades, harassment of individual truckers and other action by tracking groups in the U.S. as a protest against fuel rationing, lower speed limits and toe high price of track fueJ aD of mis slowed truck aliipmentai into Canada down to a very smaH Mr. Booty said in a news release. Lougheed says fair's fair A nose for Frostie It's a good day to build a snowman, as Karen-Anne Melting, 4, of 506 20th St. S. has discovered. Temperatures are expected to top 35 degrees today, dropping to the mid-20s in the afternoon, the Kenyon Reid weather office reports. The low tonight is expected to be 10 degrees, with weather remaining mild Tuesday, though not as warm as today. WCKERVW photo Ninth day of fighting shakes Golan Heights From REUTER-AP Syria said artillery and tank battles between the Syrians and Israelis broke oat along the entire length of the Golan Heights today. A Syrian spokesman said the Israelis started the bomb- ardment and Syrian artillery fetuined the fire. The fighting was continuing two boors later, be said. Syria reported heavy fire an day Sunday the Golan Heights and said its guns in- flicted severe damage on Israeli positions in the heaviest fighting since the October war The Israeli command in Tel Aviv denied there were any Is- raeli casualties and said the Syrians fired only sporadically with machine- guns, artillery and anti-tank About town w w Camera buff Margaret Frwws adding new batteries to her movie camera and tnen forgetting to put in a new film Bffl dobberi opponent Itoy a perfect cribbafe hand. Damascus said its guns de- stroyed a missile site, three tanks, six mortar batteries and two halftracks with their occupants Israel said "a few snots have been fired" and denied any of its tanks or halftracks were destroyed. But it made no comment on the other Syrian statements It was the ninth consecutive day of fighting on the Synan- Isradi front Observers in Beirut speculate that the Syrians may be trying to force Israel into a troop disengagement agreement favorable to Svria Syrian Foreign Minister Ab- dul Halim Khaddam said Sun- day that Syria win agree to a disengagement plan with Israel only if the accord is "a first step hi a plan for total Israeli withdrawal" from Arab lands. Khaddam made his statement in Saudi Arabia after a five-boar meeting between Syrian President Hafez Assad and King Faisal. Assad flew on to Kuwait He was reported urging the Arab oil states to continue their oil embargo against die United States until Israel agrees to pan back its troops on the Golan Heights. Saudi Arabia's foreign minister, Omar Sakkaf, told the Beirut newspaper Al Anwar that the Arabs will not lift the embargo until "the United Slates proves it takes no pro-Israeli stands But be said U.S State Secretary Heray Kissinger's activities in the Middle East and "Ms achievement of partial success" show "that the United States has begun for the first time since the Middle East war to work seriously to reach a solution for the Arab-Israeli conflict" Another Beirut newspaper, An Nanar, said informed Arab sources in Washington reported the embargo win be lifted March 1. Concept of one price 'must work both ways' EDMONTON (CP) Pre- mier Peter Lougheed of Alberta placed his record before provincial Progressive Conservatives during the weekend and promised his government will continue its activist role in protecting the rights of the province. Mr. Lougheed received enthusiastic receptions from party members at the annual convention of the Alberta Progressive Conservative Association as he promised his government would continue working toward its objectives of the 1970s: "To change toe face of Can- ada for the to redress past inequities and to pull together for the" good of Alberta and the greater good mainly with bilrta's dispute with the fe' ral government over what fafe unwarranted intrusion into control of natural resources which the British North America Act gave to the provinces. He told a news conference Sunday that- he has become convinced most Albertans support the government in its constitutional struggle. He promised negotiation and co-operation to improve Canadian unity, but said: "The right of a province to Tax trouble? Here's help A guide to coping with your income tax begins Tuesday in TbeHeraM. To run each Tuesday and Thursday for the next 10 weeks, the Tax Tips column will provide answers to some of toe most commonly asked tax questions. The column has been prepared by the department of national revenue and taxation. control and seU its resources must be recognized The premier agreed4o par- ticipate in further talks over a one-price concept for natural resources if the concept could be extended to cover resources bought by Albertans as well as the oil and gas sold by the province. He said Alberta citizens pay unfair prices for lumber and farm machinery and "many other commodities I could name." At the news conference, Premier Lougheed said he would not specify other areas of unfairness until government studies are completed this year. The concept itf one price for all Canadians "is acceptable only if a clear commitment is made by 10 provinces to extend the same attitude to other products to make equity across this he told convention delegates. The welcomed some resoluturiMobjecting to the increased participation of the government in fields previously reserved for private enterprise and vowed to remain aware that Conservatives want private enterprise to receive every opportunity before government involvement is established "We cannot sit idly by and watch the basic future of this province go he said, warning that Alberta intends to become the national centre of the petrochemical industry and will not stand by while major industrial projects important to Alberta are developed elsewhere "This is Alberta's time in history; we intend to reach the potential of our time hi history." He said Alberta's economy is "busting out all but expressed regret that the per- capita income here still is about one-third less than the average in Ontario. Classified.......20-24 Comment...........4 District............15 Family.........16, 17 Local Markets Sports....... Theatres............7 TV.................6 Weather .........3 LOW TONIGHT IS, HIGH TOES., 35; CLOUDY PERIODS und two lumps Premier hints might find room for Fernie EDMONTON (CP) Premier Peter Lougheed of Alberta dropped a veiled hint Saturday that he might accept a bid by Fernie, B.C., to secede from that province and become part of Alberta. "I thought I might be asked a question of interest to the premier of our province to the Mr. Lougheed told a session of the Progressive Conservative annual convention. "In a progressive party such as ours, we might find room for a 76th said the premier. Fernie officials, angered because their city was omitted from a provincial government map prepared for distribution at Expo '74 in Spokane, Wash., said }ently they would attempt to withdraw from British Columbia and become part of Alberta. "i Suffield negotiation satisfactory: Dickie EDMONTON (CP> Satisfactory progress is being made in negotiations between the federal and Alberta governments involving a proposed natural-gas towing program in the Suffield Block of southeastern Alberta, Bill Dickie, the province's Minister of Mines and Minerals, said at the weekend. Terrorist suspects arrested FRANKFURT (AP) Police raided hideouts in Frankfurt and Hamburg early today and arrested seven persons suspected of preparing a wave of political terror on West Germany. Police said the seven "professional revolu- tionaries" formed the hard core of a band of urban guerrillas An eighth suspect, a woman, is still being sought Another seven persons de- scribed as "fellow travellers" of the gang were arrested in other raids throughout West Germany and a suspected weapons dealer was appre- hended in Holland, police said. The raiders confiscated weapons and explosives, including four sab-machine- guns; 16 pistols, 25 hand grenades, two landmines and material for bomb-making. Alberta needs federal permission to conduct a full- scale drilling program hi the Suffield area because, although the province owns the mineral rights, Ottawa has jurisdiction over surface rights. Mr. Dickie told a workshop during the Alberta Progressive Conservative Association annual convention that he can't see any "justifi- able" reason why the federal government would not give the go-ahead for an expanded drilling program. Sixty-two exploratory wells nave already been drilled in the Suffield block and all have encountered gas Boosters of Candu encouraged LONDON (CP) Canadian officials seeking to promote co-operation ration of nuclear reactors were heartened Monday by a parliamentary report expressing opposition to a United States design on safety grounds. The all-party committee recommendation that Britain instead persist with the trouble-plagued British system was announced as a high-level Canadian delegation was prepared to meet a number of British authorities here in continuing bid to stimulate interest in the Cando system. Adair fireman called to Swan Hills SWAN HILLS. (CP) A member of the Red Adair firefighting team in Texas has been summoned to help deal with a Mazing oil well west of here, an Alberta energy re- sources conservation board spokesman in Calgary said Sunday night The spokesman said be did not know the man's name, hot said be is an expert at dealing with such fires and was ex- pected to arrive late Sunday night or early today He was being brought in by Imperial Oil Ltd whose on well was damaged Saturday by a grader clearing snow. The grader hit the wellhead, causing oil to escape There was no immediate indication of the extent of the oil flow, al- though the spokesman said Saturday most of the oil was contained after a temporary dike was set up at the wellhead. The well caught fire several hours after the accident and continued blazing through Sunday The man operating the grader jumped from the vehicle before the fire started, but the grader itself remained "hooked up on the wellhead" and was destroyed in the fire. He added there was no dam- age to life or property. The site. 100 miles northwest of Edmonton, was being prepared in anticipation of the arrival of the Red Adair firefighting expert, bat Imperial Oil is "waiting to fet this man's opinion before starting the energy resources board spokesman said Paul (Red) Adair, 57, of Houston, Tex, is generally ac- knowledged to be Hie world's foremost authority on blowing out oil and gas well fires He and his team travel Uirongntont the world in response to calls for help and have made prevkns trips to Alberta to extinguish socb fires ;