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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 5, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta Wednesday, February 5, 1975 IHE LETHBRIDOE HERALD 5 Bigger stick sought to thump strikers oo OTTAWA (CP) Treasury Board asked a joint Senate Commons committee Tuesday for a bigger legislative stick to thump illegal public service strikers. In a 117 page brief to the committee, which is studying possible changes to the laws which rule public service collective bargaining, the board asked for stiffer fines to help curb unlawful behavior. The board represents the government in bargaining. While not specifying the size of the fines they want, Treasury Board officials suggested levies be com- parable with those provided for under the Ontario Labor Relations Act or the Canada Labor Code. The Ontario law allows maximum daily fines of against employees and against unions which violate the law. The Canada Labor Code provides for fines of up to for individuals, a day against the union and up to against union of- ficers. J. P. Connell, deputy secretary of the Treasury Board, told MPs and senators that fines under the Public Staff Relations Act are inadequate. At present, employees who strike unlawfully face max- imum fines of union of- ficers can be fined up to and the union can be charged with up to for each day of the illegal activity. Offenders can only be 'prosecuted after approval for a charge in the courts is granted by the Federal Public Staff Reiations Board. The process takes months. Mr. Connell said.there was a pronounced trend toward il- legal work stoppages in the public service in the last two years. "It is clear that some employees, whether they have chosen arbitration or con- ciliation, or whether they have been designated in the interests of public safety and security, feel they may strike unlawfully to secure their ends." There have been 52 illegal strikes in the federal public service since collective bargaining was introduced in 1967 but only six legal walkouts. Mr. Connell said he would be the last to suggest that the solution to illegal strikes was heavier .fines. But he added that in the absence of the threat of heavier fines, there would be a greater tendency for employees to take the law into their hands. The Treasury Board agreed with a recommendation from Jacob Finkelman, chairman of the Public Staff Relations Board who prepared a massive study on the law; that sub divisions of unions should be liable to prosecution. But Claude Edwards, presi- dent of the member Public Service Alliance, the largest federal employee un- ion, later rejected the Treasury officials' proposals of tougher fines. Mr. Edwards said in an interview that the proposals would not curb illegal strikes because it did not attack the root cause of employee dis- content. Federal employees were chafing because they saw workers in the private sector and others within the public service getting comparatively higher wage settlements, he said. Mr. Edwards has asked for a meeting with Treasury Board to talk about disparities created by higher outside and internal settlements. Some of the latest public service agreements have taken into Wide open A. war on tooth decay has been launched in Richmond, B.C. Among the first to benefit is Corin- na Scott, 5, opening wide for Dr. Ross Gorrell at a public clinic. Vatican tightens its belt BRIGGS 'A'GRADE REVERSE TRAP TOILET Special savings are yours now on this high-quality toilet. White. Seat extra. 95 accosunt inflation, while earlier ones did not, he said. Treasury Board also oppos- ed the requests from some un- ions to open up' pensions to negotiation, saying that with 80 separate bargaining units, the existing pension system could be reduced to chaos. Mr. Connell also asked for more management exclusions from bargaining units and changes to make the staff relations board full-time. Die at prayers CAIRO (Reuter) Thir- teerrpersons were killed and 22 injured when a mosque collapsed at a village in the Nile delta, the newspaper Al- Ahram reported. The incident took place during prayers at Kafrel Mayasra village near Damietta. .VATICAN CITY (AP) The Vatican's 350 residents and 000 employees had to pay more for meat, pasta, cigarettes and gasoline Tues- day under the first of Pope Paul's austerity measures aimed at putting the tiny city- state's budget in the black. More belt-tightening meas- ures are being considered, in- cluding a reduction of the holy See's swelling payroll, said high-placed sources' in the 108-acre Vatican enclave across the Tiber from central Rome. What some consider such as artistic but expensive programs for special services in St. Peter's Basilica, may also go, along with cars and chauffeurs. One prelate, noting that the Vatican's fleet of Fiats gets little use, said: "Maybe we'll start to use car pools." The Vatican has been trying to cut its heating bills, steep because of the high-ceilinged rooms in the stone Renaissance palaces. The heat has been turned down in all buildings and employees are under orders to close radiators and turn off the lights in their offices when leaving for the day. The economy drive was sig- nalled last month when Pope Paul vetoed the Vatican's 1975 budget, citing a serious deficit, and named a commis- sion to come up with a new budget. In the meantime he ordered drastic cuts in all but essential expenses. clergymen or the Pope's Swiss Guards- have special permits to shop at the tax-free modern super- market and gasoline station whose proceeds help provide Vatican finances. Vatican em- ployees, largely Italian, can also shop there., The Vatican's purchasing agents get most of the produce from Italian wholesalers, but fruit and dairy products from the Pope's summer estate out- side Rome are also said to be in the supermarket. The Vatican's budget and details of its financial empire are among the world's best- kept secrets. But it has acknowledged being burdened by rising payroll expenses, es- timated at million a year, while contributions and be- quests have been reduced by worldwide inflation. Judges strike. ROME (AP) Italian judges and magistrates began a national strike Wednesday, demanding immediate application of a 1970 court order raising their salaries to those of top civil servants. An llth-hour meeting Tuesday; with Prime Minister Aldo Moro failed to avert the 48- hour strike, supported by about of Italy's magistrates and judges. They demanded that their monthly pay scale of to be SINGLE LEVER KITCHEN FAUCET Beautiful 8-inch centre set faucet has lucite handles for that bright modern look. No. 300.. 95 EFFICIENT BATH FAN Eliminate odors fast with this modern convenient bath fan. 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