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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 3, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta The Lethbrtdge Herald VOL. LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 1974 64 Pages 15 Cents Grain firms' strike stand criticized A picturesque and always-welcome sight for aviators coming in to Ken- yon Field, the airport control tower silhouetted by the setting sun symbolizes prospect of a safe landing for airborne navigators. The weatherman is look- Thirsty week looming for city beer drinkers Safe landings BILL GROENEN photo ing for more clear evenings. He's forecasting continued sunny conditions with an overnight low in the 40 to 45 degree range. It will be a little cooler Wed- nesday. Inside 1 By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer The Prairie grain handling companies should "come to their senses" and settle a West Coast labor dispute with the Grain Workers Union because "what they are seek- ing is inevitable." Don Garcia of Vancouver, Canadian area president of the International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's union, told The Herald in a telephone interview this morning the recommendations of federally-appointed labor con- ciliator Neil Perry should be implemented immediately to bring parity between ILWU and GWU members. Mr. Garcia said several dis- cussions have been held between the two labor unions at Vancouver with a merger the main objective. "If the unions do merge, we (ILWU) would push for wage said Mr. Garcia. "The grain handlers will get Letnbridge beer drinkers are facing their second dry spell in five months as the strike by delivery truck drivers and warehousemen wears on. Stan Maxwell, shop steward for Local 288 of the Inter- national Union of United Brewery Workers, said today there are no new developments in the strike situation. The strike involves 12 men in Lethbridge, employees of Alberta Brewers' Agents Ltd., a delivery system owned by Carling O'Keefe, Labatt's and Molsons's breweries. It handles all beer except Uncle Ben's, which has its own delivery system. NDP wants more say in B.C. gov't KAMLOOPS, B.C. (CP) British Columbia's New Democratic Party ended its four-day convention Monday after the traditional blood- letting and now it remains to be seen if some scar tissue can cover the wound. The convention was held for the most part in an exhibition hall on an Indian reserve in this Interior ranch and resource centre where a dog show was going on nearby. And the central issue facing delegates was whether the tail (the party membership) has the right to wag the dog (the The party's executive pro- duced a report highly critical of the government for not following party lines in some of its legislation. It also com- plained that the membership was not consulted before legislation was introduced. This and a lack of commu- nication with the party mem- bership dominated the con- vention. "The problem is not going to go away." said Vancouver delegate Mike Lebowilz. "The voters may, however." Health Minister Dennis Cockc said Ihe report, which was rejected by the conven- tion by a vote of 368 to 202 was "highly inflamatory in most areas. "The executive has almost dedicated themselves to holding the government ac- countable to them." Don Olson, assistant manager of the south side li- quor store, said there was no beer at all in the store. He did not know if the store can obtain Uncle Ben's beer, he said. Walter Ortlieb, manager of the Lethbridge Hotel, said his supplies will last today. After that customers will have to drink hard liquor or be dry. Randy Pringle, innkeeper at the Holiday Inn, said his supp- ly should last to the end of the week. Even some draft beer remains. Off premises sales were stopped as soon as the strike occurred, said Mr. Pringle. Tim Nowlin, assistant bar manager at the El Rancho Motor Hotel, said he has no draft beer, but bottled supplies should last until Thursday or Friday. flIPP 'You mean you want to be a human Classified........22-25 Comics............20 District............17 Local Markets...........21 Sports...........10-13 Theatres............7 TV.................6 Weather............3 LOW TONIGHT 45; HIGH WED. 75; PARTLY CLOUDY. Cyprus killings inquiry asked New political party aims for 'free Greece' ATHENS (Reuter) politician Andreas Papandreou announced today the formation of a new political party, the Panhellenic Socialist Movement. Majority gov't unlikely in British general election and htmrd About town Gerry Probe playing golf in reverse putting off the green, then chipping back on and then putting again Jim Kew getting up early Sunday morning looking for breakfast and finding four hungry grandchildren looking for waffles. LONDON (APi Britain's voters face the prospect of a general election next month dominated by the country's worst economic crisis since the Second World War. Latest opinion polls indicate the voters do not have enough confidence in any of the major parties to give one of them a majority in Parliament. Prime Minister Harold Wil- son, who formed a minority Labor government after the indecisive result of the elec- tion Feb. 28. is generally ex- pected to try again Oct. 3 or Oct. 10. It would be the shortest pe- riod between elections since JS86. and the first time two have been held in the same year since 1924. With the Liberal party and Scottish. Welsh and Irish na- tionalists holding the balance of power, the jjoverr.iiient has suffered a number of defeats in trying to get its legislation through the House of Com- mons. Ministers say they can- not carry out their policies without a clear majority. Inflation, expected to reach 20 per cent by the end of the year, will undoubtedly be the major issue Business is stagnating, with industrial production at the same level as the end of 1972. The country has rolled ap a foreign-trade deficit of about SI billion every month this vear. Unemployment in August shot up to and is ex- pected to reach a million dur- ing the winter. Left-wing proposals are at the heart of the Labor party's platform. They include redistribution of wealth through taxation and greater defence cuts, voluntary union restraints on demands for wage increases and govern- ment subsidies to peg the price of basic focds. He said its main aims are the creation of a Greece free from foreign control or intervention and the Socialist transformation of the country. Speaking at his first news conference since his return from self-exile last month, Papandreou, 55, claimed the Greek economy has been inf il- trated and eroded by the United States and Western multinational companies in co-operation with domestic intermediary capital. Papandreou said Greece should follow an active, inde- pendent foreign policy. During his exile, Papandreou was professor of economics at York Univer- sity. Toronto. NICOSIA (AP) The leader of the Turkish-Cypriots today welcomed the Greek- Cypriot call for an impartial investigation of charges of atrocities in Cyprus. "Of course, we need a lot of inquiries in Vice- President Rauf Denktash told an interviewer. The government of Presi- dent Glafkos Clerides called for an impartial investigation following the discovery of more than 20 bodies in a grave in the Turkish-Cypriot hamlet of Maratha. The Turks said there may be as many as 90 bodies in the grave and that all were Tur- kish-Cypriots massacred by Greek-Cypriot gunmen. A spokesman for the Clerides government said hundreds of Greek-Cypriots are missing in the same area and at least one of the bodies in the grave was that of s Greek-Cypriot woman. New- spapers said she was iden- tified as a Greek-Cypriot be- cause she was wearing a small pendant with Greek geometric designs on it. The government proposed that the investigation of all at- rocity charges be made by the United Nations peace force and the International Red Cross with Greek-and Turkish-Cypriol observers present. Denktash said one of the first things to be investigated should be a report of another grave containing the bodies of 90 Turkish-Cypriote near the Greek Village of Palodhia. It is in the Limassol district, which is controlled by the Greek-Cypriots. Denktash said a man named Fouad Hussein reported to UN troops that he saw bodies be- ing bulldozed into the grave Aug. 15, "but the Cyprus police did not permit the United Nations to investigate the report." A UN official who refused to be identified by name told re- porters he saw Turkish troops with bulldozers burying 67 bloated, decomposing apparently of the outskirts of Kyrenia. the Greek-Cypriot port and tourist resort on the north coast which the Turkish invasion force captured. In Athens, the Greek government confirmed that it is sending a new contingent of Greek army officers to Cyprus to command the Greek-Cypriot National Guard. An official statement denied reports that their mis- sion was to train the National Guard to put an end to the terrorist activities of the EOKA-B Greek-Cypriot un- derground. what they are asking for eventually." GWU has accepted the con- ciliation report which provides for wage increases of 87 cents per hour the first year and 65 cents per hour the se- cond with a cost of living fac- tor which would add 91 cents per hour to the present base rate of per hour. Also included is formation of a non-contributory pension plan, sick benefits, dental plan and shift differential. The grain handling com- panies have refused to accept the conciliator's report. Mr. Garcia said he isn't in favor of any strike of a prolonged nature and feels the labor contract should be accepted. There are 80 to 1QO ILWU workers also out of a job because of the Grain Workers Union dispute. Mr. Garcia said the Perry report should be accepted now "so the guys can go back to work." The grain handlers workers deserve a pension and that is what is driving the price of the contract up, said Mr. Garcia. Wages and cost of living increments in the Perry report will mean a 48 per cent increase in the cost to the grain handling companies. If the complete package, including pension plan, en- dorsed by Mr. Perry is accepted, it will cost 61 per cent. Adding to the frustrations of the grain handlers is the fact that they have worked without a labor contract for seven or eight months, said Mr. Gar- cia. The International .Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union is also continuing its quest to nationalize grain and grain handling operations at the West Coast to eliminate any possible effect of a labor dis- pute on grain shipments. Mr. Garcia said the federal Liberal caucus has asked the ILWU to meet with it on Sept. 19 and 20 in Vancouver to dis- cuss all aspects of longshoremen's work. Nationalization of grain will be included. An ILWU resolution passed Aug. 22. 1972. called for an appropriate body to be es- tablished to handle the loading of grain in a continuous fashion at the West Coast ports, negating the affect of strikes on grain shipments. Mr. Garcia presented this resolution to a meeting of the Palliser Wheat Growers Association in Regina early this year. No further action has been taken by the farmer organization although ILWU has had discussions with the federal department of labor. Britons pessimistic about economic future By ALVIN SHUSTER New York Times Service LONDON One common view of the British is that they really don't care where Uicy stand in Ihe league tables of major powers, that if their country economically falte behind ilaly, Spain and Portugal, then so be it. After all. there is that special quality of life here, the conviviality of the pub. the beau- ty of the parks on a sunny afternoon, and the welfare state that will take care of you. Now, however, it seems that the British are beginning to care not necessarily because Ihey arc concerned about their relative status, though that may be part of it, but because their dismal economic record is beginning to hurt, their living standards are failing and there seems little hope that things will get better. And it came as no surprise