Military government weekly information bulletin
Number 56 (August 1946)
Press and radio comment, pp. 24- PDF (2.6 MB)
UNRRA's unfinished work must be taken over by agencies of United Nations. Re- viewing UNRRA's past accomplishments and shortcomings, the editorials said the work done by that agency was a vital one and, in the main, performed creditably. The New York Sun said: "(UNRRA) undertook a task that no organization could hope to perform perfectly under the best con, ditions, and operated in a period of much international friction. Cost in terms of dollars can never provide a fair measurement of its humanitarian efforts and accomplishments." Pittsburg Post-Gazette: "While UNRRA has its faults, it also has its virtues. . It has been estimated that its supplies have saved the lives of millions of people in Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, Greece, Poland and China. Nor is the need for relief over. People of some invaded countries, regardless of gov- ernmental abuse, will still need help. -"It may be that countries still in need will be asked to pay for relief. But whether or not they pay, provision must be made within the next fours months to carry on the functions'- of UNRRA to a, limited extent. ,It seems a logical task for agencies. of United Nations." St. Louis Globe-Democrat: "UNRRA was never intended to be a permanent agency. -Its functions was to take over responsibility for immediate relief of war suffers after the war until permanent international agencies could be organized. -This fact was recognized by representatives of the United States, Britain and Canada.... "Instead of continuing UNRRA or or- ganizing a new agency, the three countries, which have furnished 93 percent of UNRRA's funds, have proposed that a world bank take over UNNRA's rehabili- tation functions; that health activities be assumed by the new world health organi- zation; that an. international refuge agency be created, aAnd that relief be placed on national basis." EMPLOYEE RELATIONS (Continued from page 10) ative, harmonious. and understanding relationships with their employees. Employee relations counselors stress pre- ventive measures as much as possible. Alert and discerning counselors gradually arrive at an understanding of work conditions and living conditions which serve as the basis for formulating procedures designed to prevent little grievances from becoming big problems. When employees need an outlet for per- sonal tensions, job grievances and. othet problems of a, highly confidential nature, the OMGUS employee relations staff catn be relied upon to keep the matter in strictest confidence. This "trouble-shooting" section of the per- sonnel Division was recently set up by the Commanding General of OMGUS, and its activities in Berlin have been broadened to provide every type of labor relations and personnel counsel. It is the hope of ;Col. J. T. Duke, Chief of Personnel, to have competent employee relations personnel available to OMGUS employees throughout the entire US Zone of Occupation. Where it is not feasible' to have a full-time counselor because of small isolated MG -inits, a qualified person will be designated to provide employee relations services on a part-time basis. S"We -are gradually knocking off the re- maining rough'edges in our OMGUS organ- ization," Colonel Duke said, "and we believe that we are making working conditions and living conditions more satisfactory for our emnployees every day." What about the fellow who wanted to marry that girl in Albany, New York, by telephone? It can't be done. Not in New York. But the employee relations counselor found a way out. Proxy marriages are permitted in Florida. So all the girl in Albany will have to do noW to marry -her fiance in Berlin is take a trip to'Miami. Relatively simple, isn't it, when you know the answer?
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