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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 11, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta 24 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Thursday, June 11 ,1970 Unemployment Concern, OTTAWA (CP) Canada's I conference in Ottawa to restrain high unemployment rates would prices this year. have improved by now if labor Earlier W e d n e s d a y, Mr. had accepted restraints JIacDonald said the CLC will last fall. John chairman continue to oppose the of (lie federal prices and in- lines as unjust am! unworkable, comes c o m m i s s i o n, said But asketl whether the con- Wednesday night. S''ess would modify its position He said 'lie is still hopeful that I if the commission moves to trade unions will realize the place curbs on profits and un- six-per-cent guidelines arc in i earned income, he was less defi- the interests of the unemployei ami adopt them time to bring a drop by the win- ter in Uie present spiralling un- "We are not committing our- selves to anything now but we are prepared to discuss any- employment rate of per thir.g with Dr. Young at any cent. he said. "You would think it would be possible for these people to see clearly now we all l-.ave a joint interest in avoiding unnecessary unemployment and this is the way to do it." the commission chairman said. RESTRAINTS AFFECT ALL Dr. Young said labor is react- ing to his announcement of (ho six-pcr-cent guidelines in Winni- peg last week as if the guide- lines applied only to hourly- j rated workers. Tn fact, all iu- During an hour-long interview comes_ induding those of high- ly-salaried managers and pro- on the subject of labor's coni- Hie commission staff will be built rapidly to 20 or 25 to run the program o! surveillance on wage restraints. It will investi- gate reports of increases above the guidelines, then make public its views. The investigations will include other sources of income than straight salaries, such as ex- pense accounts, profit sharing schemes and situations where an employee may have been given a new title to cover up what is really a high salary in- crease, he said. U.S. Closed But at the same time he re- jected as "unfair" accusations1 made by Donald MacDonald, president of the ber Canadian Labor Congress, who has made a series of speeches recently saying labor is being made the "scapegoat" of inflation fighting. MAY CURB PROFITS Dr. Young said b u s i n e s s, employment went like this: Initially, he hoped to hold a conference last fall at which labor and business leaders would have been asked to ac- cept voluntary guidelines as part of a total restraint package in which other aspects, such as profits, might have been in- cluded. But labor leaders adopted a dicated a "distinct possibility" that the commission may move into curbs on the very areas labor has criticized it for neg- rents and forms of unearned income. Pressed on the question of profit controls, he refused to say whether voluntary wage re- straints must come first before the commission moves to put further curbs on business. Labor leaders argue that they are being asked to lock them- selves into wage restraint over two or three- years through labor contracts, while business is being confined only by the verbal agreement 300 business leaders made at a February DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC SUITE 8-304 5th Si. S. Above National Store Phono 327-7Z44 Lethbridge j ROSS HOSAK, C.D.M. badly: the economy and throwing th burden of curing inflation on the government. Without wage restraints, the government was forced to fight inflation by applying demand restraints through tight money policies. The result was rising unemployment as companies moved to ease the pinch by lay- ing off workers. U'OX'T SAY HOW LONG Dr. Ymuig refused to say how long he will wait to see whether voluntary restraints on wages will be accepted by labor. So far the commission has of- ficially announced only the six- per-cent guideline on wage in- creases applying over the next 12 months, but a figure of five is expected for next year and four the year after.' Dr. Young said that if the wage restraint program goes well this year, he may even move to a four-per-cent guide- line next year. TRIPOLI. Libya (AP) Sev- eral hundred Libyans stood si- lent today as the" United States flag came down for the last time at Whcehis Air Base. Then they applauded and cheered as the green, black and red flag of Libya rose to the top cf the pole to the roar cf a 21- gun salute. The ceremony ended 16 years of U. S. Air Force operations at Wheelus, the last major Ameri- can iriilitary base in Africa. Forty-five minutes later, the 47 American airmen who handed over the huge facility had left for West Germany to get new assignments. The departure cf the Ameri- cans left this oil-rich desert country with no foreign troops on its soil except small embassy guards of honor. It also fulfilled a promise made by Col. Mu- a m a r Kodafi's revolutionary government soon after it ousted King Idris last Sept. 1 to get rid of the Americans at Wheelus and Britsh bases at Tobruk and El Adem, in eastern Libya. The British gave up their bases ear- lier this year. BOUNDLESS GRACE HONG KONG (AP) Travel- lers arriving here from Com- munist China report rural cou- ples there are instructed to have "revolutionary marriages" dressing in shabby clothes, proclaiming that "only the boundless grace of Chairman Mao Tse-tung has made the marriage possible" and feeding their guests grass, tree roots and bark. MICHELIN X You'll outride two or even three sets of ordinary bias-belted tires when you ride on Micheiin-X Whitewalls The explanation is built right into Michelin's advanced radial construction and flexible steel safety belt you get better traction, better braking and steering control and longer life. No matter how hard the climate or rough the driving Michelin gets you through! WORLD'S NO. 1 RADIAL STOP IN TODAY AND SEE HOW MUCH YOU SAVE WITH THE BEST I 305 13th Street North, LETHBRIDGE Phona 327-3181 1 [ftrtf