Page 18-Wednesday, May.14, 1980-The Michigan Daily
Unions hope to paralyze Britain
LONDON (AP) - Union leaders4
it a Day of Action. Prime Minis
Margaret Thatcher thinks it is a da
folly. Some newspapers brand it a,
of doubt, others say it will be an(
All were talking about today, the,
the Trades Union Congress, the Io
confederation of 112 unions, hopes
paralyze the nation with a 24-h
general strike to protest Thatch
labor and economic policies.
A POLL conducted yesterday for
British Broadcasting Corp. found t
73 per cent of union members oppo
the strike and 84 per cent of th
questioned said they will try t ge
The Confederation of British
dustry, representing big business, s
response to the call for a strike
peared "lukewarm" throughout
Still, today may well be chaotic.
THOUSANDS OF workers are li
to, be missing from their factory t
ches, office desks, and shop counter
either staying away in support of
walkout or unable to get to w
because of it.
Commuter trains and buses are
to be idled and boats crossing
Enalish Channel stranded.
call Contingency plans were being put in- The union action could cost $684 Parliament to quadruple the numb
ster to effect to deal with transportation million, according to government jobs eliminated from civil ser
y of disruptions. Some people arranged to calculations. during her five-year administration
day stay overnight with friends or relatives. THATCHER SAID last weekend the THATCHER, WHOSE govern
em- Businesses booked hotel rooms for em- Day of Action "will not change gover- has already cut 27,000 civil service
ployees. nment policies" and is a "job- said the total cuts will be raise
day MANY PEOPLE will ride bicycles or destroying folly." 102,000, primarily by attrition.
ose will walk and some will hitchhike - a She appealed to Britons yesterday to
to rare practice among the reserved shun the call to stay away from work, How successfully the union
our British. baying, "I believe the so-called Day of federation can flex its muscle
er's Postal workers, milkmen, telephone Action will discredit the unions, depend on how many of its 12 ail
operators, zookeepers, police, firemen diminish pay packets and damage members ignore the strike call
the and ambulance drivers are among Britain." show up for work. Scores of h
that those planning to work. School teachers Ignoring labor objections to cutbacks groups unwilling to lose a day's pa
sed and prison wardens are expected to in the government payroll, the prime face possible legal action have
ose stay home. minister promised in a speech in they will not strike.
InWave of self=-mutilationswees
ithrough Georgia, prison facilities
ben- ATLANTA (AP)-Georgia prison try of southeast Georgia. up litter along a highway, accordin
s- officials said yesterday that 10 Since February 11, eight of Green's Sara Englade, a spokeswoman for
the prisoners at two facilities have slashed prisoners have slashed their heels with Department of Offender Rehabilitat
ork the Achilles tendons in their heels over razor blades to avoid working, officials All had been placed in segregation
the past three months in an apparent said. refusing to work when the cuttings
due attempt to avoid work details. Two other self-mutilations occurred curred, Warden Green said.
the The officials said it wasthe first wave at the Montgomery Correctional In- "They were back in isolation or
of self-mutilations in the Georgia prison stitute near Mt. Vernon, also in the ministrative segregation, I for
system since 1956 when 40 prisoners at southeast part of the state. which, and they started screamir
a rock quarry deliberately broke their A THIRD INMATE at the Mon- Green said, describing the t
legs with sledgehammers. tgomery facility attempted to cut his slashing incident involving three
"INMATES TODAY JUST don't want tendon Monday but received only a mates on Feb. 11.
to work," said Warden Calvin Green at flesh wound, officials said. "THEY WERE IN there for refu
the Wayne Correctional Institute near The eight inmates at Jesup had, to work," the warden said. "Theys
Jesup in the swamp and pine tree coun- refused to work on a road gang picking the work was too hard."
Two other inmates slashed theirt
dons at Jesup on Feb. 19, another
Feb. 22, and two more on April 25,
cording to authorities.
During a preliminary internal aff
investigation, six of the men at Wa
said they had been forced to muti
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there was no discussion of how the
event might be financed, although
Celeste indicated with a smile that the
University probably has some loose
CELESTE EXPRESSED concern
that the Peace Corps has lost visibility
in the last several years. He de-
emphasized the drop in participation of
overseas volunteers - from nearly
16,000 in 1966 to approximately 6,000
now - and was energetic in his
espousal of the quality of volunteers.
"This country needs to know that we
are doing something right," he said, af-
ter describing the many achievements
of his organization.
Although Kennedy first called for the
creation of the Peace Corps in 1960, it
did not formally begin until he signed
an executive order the following Mar-
ch. Since then, the organization has
seen a steady drop in participation.
Celeste said a key to increasing the
awareness of the Peace Corps laid in
"plugging it into the mainstream of
what's happening in college cam-
Regional Peace Corps directors will
hold a recruitment drive at the Campus
Inn iay 20, 21, and 22.