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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 23, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 28 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Thursday, January 23, 1975 Government hiring practices criticized OTTAWA (CP) A cumbersome tangle of recruiting procedures has hampered hiring of tradesmen by the government and led to evasion of rules in some areas, says a restricted study by the federal pay research bureau. Slow administrative proce- dures combined with a general short supply of qualified tradesmen resulted MI one case in a 46-week delay before the government was able to plumber, the study shows. The study was prepared on the general la- bor and trades group of federal employees, now awaiting the results of con- ciliation in collective bargaining. It compares recruitment of tradesmen in the federal government with the private sector and other levels of government., The practices of some re- gional offices in trying to overcome the recruiting rules are indicative of a need to review "at least some recruit- ment procedures in the public the study says. Among the practices used are: of jobs or rectification to .other groups to obtain higher wages. The report says one .difficulty in attracting tradesmen has been1 that the private sector and some other governments pay more. higher wages than specified in the collective agreement. possible inter- pretation" of job re- quirements to obtain higher wages. use of long-term casual employees. The study notes that in the national historic parks branch of the Indian affairs department, some employees have been on jobs are not for periods of up to 12 years. The study notes the ex- istence of major shortages of supply for many of the trades occupations. But while 65 per cent of con- struction firms, 67 per cent of industrial companies and 42 per cent of municipalities reported problems in finding journeymen in 10 trades oc- cupations, 90 per cent of federal government offices surveyed reported diffi- culties. Hiring of tradesmen and la- borers by the departments is restricted exclusively to Canada Manpower Centres by directive from the Public Ser- vice Commission, the study notes. This has been done in spite of evidence from Industry and other governments that most recruitment of tradesmen is through advertising, union halls, personal contact and un- solicited applications. "The consensus was that the present system of recruit- ment tended, in a number of instances, to be cumbersome and slow and therefore generated difficulties in recruiting fully qualified employees as quickly" as possible." The study says the regional offices tried to follow rules conscientiously but had drifted into practices "which might not be strictly in accor- dance with the procedures of the central agencies." Most Wanted Criminal list revived OTTAWA (CP) After a period of re-assessment, the RCMP has decided to issue periodically Most Wanted Criminal lists. It is more than a year since the force issued such a list and a spokesman said Wednesday a new will be out in a few weeks. Presumably Richard Blass, prison escapee wanted in connection with the mass murder of 13 persons in Montreal this week, will be prominent on it, un- less he is captured first. The practice of issuing the list has fallen off in recent years, particularly since installation here of the. comput- erized Canadian Police Information Centre The list has been similar to the FBI's 10 Most Wanted Criminals except that the RCMP seldom issues 10 names and does not list them in order of impor- tance. 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