Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 23, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
28 THE UETHBRIDOE HERALD Wednesday, October 23, 1974 Interpreting the News Wilson's wage-control scheme crumbling The only man Able Seaman Len Mutton, centre, gets a smile from Princess Anne when in her uniform as chief commandant of the Women's Royal Navy Service she inspected this land-based ship at Burghfield, Eng. By ROD CURRIE LONDON (CP) Less than two weeks after Britain's gen- eral election, dangerous cracks are appearing in the much-vaunted "Social the wage-control scheme that was the principal plank in Prime Minister Harold Wilson's successful election campaign. With Britain already facing the second-worst inflation in Europe, after Italy, the country now is being swamped by a flood of wage demands ranging up to an incredible 107-per-cent increase demand- ed by some construction workers. The opposition parties, alarmed over Britain's future as investment and balance-of- trade figures plunge and unemployment rises, take lit- tle satisfaction from the ap- parent vindication of their campaign predictions that labor's Social Contract would hold together only until after election day. Indeed, it is no secret that the representatives of one million construction workers deliberately held back on the 87-to 107-per-cent wage de- mand during the election cam- paign because of its gross in- congruity with the intentions of the Social Contract between Wilson and the unions. REMAINS CONFIDENT Nevertheless, Wilson still remains outwardly confident that Labor's rapport with the unions will serve the country better than the spirit of confrontation of the last Conservative government that led to last winter's state of emergency and three day work week. While the construction men's bold bid to double their pay has taken the limelight, there also are dozens of other hefty wage demands in the pipeline. The accumulative some economists suggest, probably would make nonsense of the Social Contract, and plunge Britain deeper in to the economic crisis that all politicians now agree is the worst since the Second World War. Already central Scotland is in the grip of sweeping strike action, most of it unofficial and in many cases in support of pay demands beyond the terms of the Social sort of gentlemen's agreement under which unions are supposed to hold wage demands to tolerable levels in exchange for social legislation to help the working man. With more than work- ers involved in eight strikes in Scotland, and others threat- ening to lower the "Tartan curtain" to keep out goods from additional workers soon might be laid off, the experts say. ACTION STARTED The construction workers' demand came on top of a 42- per-cent award over two years to Ford Motor Co. workers, and immediately union leaders at Vauxhall Motors, owned by General Motors, started action for a similar increase for workers. Although both Ford and the unions insist the award is within the Social Contract, others are skeptical. Robert Carr, treasury spokesman for the opposition Conservatives, scoffed: "If this is said to be within the Social Contract and everyone else has the right to get as much, and if they do, we are sunk." Prices Effective until Closing Saturday, October 26. 1974. We Reserve the Right to Limit Quantities. CANADA GRADE A1 or A2 STEER BEEF FULL SLICE ROUND STEAK KIDNEY BEANS Libby Red 14fl.oz.tin TABLEFRESH PRODUCE CHIPS Fraser Vale Cod Frozen, 20 oz. pkg....... PEANUTS Fresh Roasted. Ib....... CARAMELS Kraft, Ib. IN-STORE BAKERY FEATURES! BUTTERTARTS MINCE PIE 109 DINNER ROLLS ?i119 FROM OUR DAIRY COUNTER IGA FROZEN FOOD VALUES CHEEZWHIZ Kraft Past 8 59 CHEDDAR CHEESE 1 Armstron Mild Ib 29 CELERY HEARTS Canada No. 1 California, each ..........................WW MWZARELLA STICKS CABBAGE CHEDDAR CHEESE Canada No. 1 Alberta Armstrong MHd MarWe, Ib....................... ORANGES MJURGARINE 590 BREAD DOUGH Rhodes White or Brown, 5 Ib. pkg ORANGE JUICE Top Vahi Concentrate, 12IL ot tin ................mm R BEEF DINNER QQ< Swanson.1loz.pkg. DINNERS Mexican New Crop Swanson's Chicken or Turkey. 11 or. pkg.