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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 29, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 42 THI UTHBRIDGE HERALD Wednesday, November 29, 1971 British industry Vhite world' LONDON (AP) British Industry is a white world where (hose of a different color have a long, hard climb lo the top. Discrimination is keeping non-whites on the factory floor, mainly handling Ihe dirty, loir-paid or dangerous jobs thai wlu'tes don't want, fay two reports. The non-whiles apparently little help from trade un- ions to break harriers of what an official survey called "un- thinking discrimination." But a cabinet minister lias ordered that moves toward equal opportunity must be made. The hvo examinations of the c o u n t r y' s industrial setup pricked Britain's racial con- science as problems in this field mounted with an influx of Asian refugees from Uganda. They arrived here in n time ot high unemployment almost a million out of work, including non- whites. The recently published re- sults of a government survey reflected official anxiety that industry was doing little to promote integration at the work bench. A significant BBC television report fol- lowed, The government survey was carried out in J970, when Brit- ain's non-wlulc population to- talled 1.37 million out of 5li million. The non-while com- munity has since risen to VK million. The survey of seven compa- nies, ranging from engineer- ing plants to chain food enter- prises, was a follow-up to Britain's Race Relations Act which outlawed discrimina- tion on grounds of race or color. The employment ministry said several of the firms it polled had defied "intimida- tion" from some employees against promoting non-whites to senior posts. But a ministry spokesman said the survey was aimed at prodding management to "take positive steps to ensure eaual opportunities." Robin Chichester-Clark, the department's minister of state, said: "Increasingly it becomes clear the major ob- stacle is not active, blatant discrimination, but the pas- sive often unthinking, accept- ance of unequal conditions by both management and work- ers. The survey said there was cautious optimum that tilings were getting better. But the BBC broadcast, one flay after the survey was pub- lished, said non-whites were still being handed only Ihe un- wflnled jobs. The BBC said some Irado unions refused to accept non- whites, especially among tho skilled textile and steel work- ers of Britain's industrial north, where some trades are jealously guarded and handed down from father to son. The Trades Union Congress, umbrella organization for Britain's 10 million organized workers, said its policy is "to recruit as many people as possible, including non-whiles, into trade unions." But a spokesman, while re- fusing to comment on the BBC's allegations, stressed: "We cannot order imions to accept non-whites." The government survey said many non-whites who were suitable for promotion never got the chance because mid- dle management was afraid to be "the first lo break the ice" and risk clashes with white employees. COU1D NOT GET BACKING IN CANADA Dr. James E. Guillet, a Universily of Toronlo chemistry professor holds o sheet of plastic he used in his research to develop a resin which makes plastics biodegradable able to break down by natural mechanisms. Dr. Guillel, who describes himself as a Canadian nalionalisl, had lo go lo foreign investors for money to develop 1he prccess. SIMPSONS bears Save sq yd Have you a flair for colourful living? Then you'll love our zappy new 'Night Lights' shag. It literally sparkles with a glowing three-colour pile. And the savings are pretty bright too! 999 Reg. sq. yd. 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Labor unions asserting independence New York Times Service TORONTO The idea of suc- cession from United Stales parent unions rarely occurrec 10 Canadian affiliates five years ago, says John Cryspo, outspo ken dean of the University of Toronto school of management. Tile Canadian branches of U.S. industrial and craft un- ions, have had many differ- ences over the years with U.S.- based union headquarters. Right now these arc reaching a crisis point. The views of Ca nadian and American union leaders and their rank and file are split over U.S. protection- ist policies. Canadian members of U.S. unions are clamor i n g against union decision mak- ing outside Canada. Until two years ago, U.S. In- ternationals could gloat over the mounting attack by Cana- dian economic nationalists against foreign ownership of ihe big corporations they bar- gain with. Their main targets include Ihe 100 per cent U.S.- owned auto industry and the 70 per cent American controlled 011 and gas industries. Union gtoajjng ended this fall when the Council of Canadian Trade Unions, a small hut strongly nationalistic new lahor group, persuaded G'OOO members of three locals of the powerful Jnited Steelworkcrs in Canada to switch to their new all-Cana- dian unions. Last month the latest lo be lost was the U.S.W.'s flagslu'p local 5115 at the huge smelter M Ihe Aluminum Company of Canada at Kitimat in northern British Columbia. A landslide 'Otc of to 385 switched certification lo local No. 1 form- ed union of Aluminum Smelters and Allied Workers. Meantime, the mem- ber Pulp and Paper Workers of Canada, another new union of the council of Canadian un- ons, is chipping away at work- ers in mills where abor is certified to the U.S.- bascd International Brotherhood it Pulp, Sulphite a'ri Paper Mill Workers. It has members in Canada and head ffice in Creslwood, N.Y. The Crisis has national impact since tha gianl U.S. unions are also the biggest unions in Canada, Us only industrial nation in the world whose labor move- ment is established largely be- yond its borders. The "Canadian districts" ol the United Steclworkers of Am- erica (U.S.W.) have members, making it Canada's largest union. The United Auto- mobile Workers (U.A.W.) in Canada is squeezed out of sec- ond place with members by Ihe Canadian Union of Pub- lic Employees an aggressively nationalistic one with 139.000 members. Alwut 62 per cent of all or- ganized Canadian workers are members of the many U.S. In- ternationals here, which in turn dominate the 1.4 million mem- bership of Ihe Canadian Labor Congress. Understandably, with such powerful U.S. Inter- nationals as members, tire Ca- nadian Labor Congress (C.L.C.) has strong ties with the AFL- CIO to which parent unions be- long. Even with this high degree of U.S. memliershlp, the C.L.C. still does better than the Ca- nadian Manufacturers Associa- tion, its arch enemy, where about 70 per cent of corporate memlwrs are U.S. controlled and the C.M.A. president is more often (lian not president of the U.S. branch plant in Can- ada. Canada's oilier big trade union congress is the Quebec- based and strife lorn Confed- eration of National Trade Unions Almost all its members arc in "Que- bec. Call our floor fashion consultant now. At Simpsons-Sears you work with a prolessional right in your own home. See samples, gel advice, freo cslimalo at no obligation. Phone 318-9231 Quality Costs No More a't Simpsons-Scars STORE HOURS: Opon Daily 9 a.m. to p.m. Thursday cinri Friday 9 lo 9 p.m. Conlrn Villago Tory IMP angry over sniih by Slanficld MONTREAL (CP) He- ward Grafflcy, Conservative MP for Bronic-Missiquoi, re- fused lo be photographed Monday with Parly Leader Rolxrl. Slanficld or Ihn party's Quebec chief, Cliiutlo Wagner, aflrr he felt, he was snubbed by Mr. Stonficld. Mr. SlanfiPlcl, in Montreal to speak lo Iho Chamber of Commerce, prefaced bis re- marks by acknowledging Ihe presence fit tlic bend l.ible of Senator Jacques Flynn, Mr. Wagner and "oilier dis- tinguished colleagues." But Mr. SUinficld made no mention of Mr. (irafftcy, also nt Ilic head (able. He is Die only other Tory olcclcd from Quebec1 last monlh besides Mr. Wagner. Mr. Cirnfftey, who dis- sociated himself from Mr. Wagner during last monlb's federal election, was so angry al what hn considered n ilelili- ci'alc sniil) il look nidi's ol Mr. Slnnfleld more Ihnn 10 minutes lo culm him down. TIII.U, Superstar ot the HITS Mary TluinksuivinR Day 1'arailr. Lilies a (rial (llchl lie- fore nn nppreeialive nudleliee nil! nek in n r t, fin. Inflated with cubic feet of helium nml 57 (eel liiRli, it Is Ihe sec- ond Mickey Mouse created by (inralyear for Ihe nnnlinl New York filv cveiil. 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