Alister Hughes 27th March, 1975
P 0 Box 65
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER L 0
For week ending 29th March
'WHITE PAPER' ON DUFFUS REtURT
Prime Minister Gairy told a House of Representatives Meeting on
March 21st that Cabinet is examining the Duffus Report and a
'White Paper' on it will soon be laid before Parliament.
It has been announced that the Prime Minister will address the
nation over Radio Grenada on March 31st, and, in his statement
to the House of Representatives, 'ir Gairy said excerpts from the
'White Paper' will be included in his address.
Meanwhile, in a letter dated March 14th addressed to the Prime
Minister, the Businessmen's Association has condemned the Duffus
Report. The Association claims the Commissioners gave a
"distorted picture" of events in Grenada during 1973 and 1974,
and conclude that "complaints to the Commission were made only by
vehement and malignant sections of anti-Gairy nationals." The
Association further observed that "supporters of the Government
have shown tremendous nonchalance by their failure to testify".
Arising out of its rejection of the Duffus Report, the Businessmen's
Association recommended to the Prime Minister that none of the
Police Officers named in the Report should be dismissed.
Further, the Association recommends that Assistant Superintendent
Innocent lielmar (of whom the Commissioners said, '... we have come
to the conclusion that his acts were those of a megalomaniac"),
be sent abroad to a reputable Police Training School to do a
course in Police Administration.
The Association also rejects the Commissioners recommendation
that Government pay compensation for looting done by Police Aides
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NEd WAGE AGREEMENT
Geest Industries Ltd., sole purchasers of Grenada's bananas, will
pay a 45% wage increase to dock workers loading shipments of fruit
on to the Company's boats.
This increase results from a new one-year Agreement between Geest
Industries and the Seamen & Waterfront Workers Union, and it was
signed before the Labour Commissioner, Mr Robert Robinson, on
The new wage rates are retroactive from February 21st, but,
provision has been made for discussions on or before 21st November
next relative to a method of payment based on the number of
"pallets" of bananas loaded instead of the present method of
payment by the hour worked.
This new method of payment has been suggested by Geest, but the
Union feels it does not have sufficient information on the
operation of this scheme. As a result, Geest will provide
transportation on one of its ships for a Union representative to
travel to St. Vincent and St. Lucia to observe operation of the
scheme which has been used in those islands for some time.
WOMAN HEADS FEDERATION
At a meeting of the Grenada Employers Federation held on March 14th,
Mrs Angela Smith was elected President of the organisation.
Mrs Smith who was formerly the Executive Officer and Secretary
of the Federation, is the first woman to hold the post of
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by the Government of Grenada as being of the 'highest calibre'",
the Council was pleased the Report had been made public so quickly
and said, "We trust that you will cause the recommendations to be
implemented with equal speed, in the interest of peace, justice,
unity and reconciliation."
It was recently reported in the local press that Mr Nolan Jacobs,
Solicitor-General, had been transferred to the Department of
External Affairs. Mr Jacobs advised NEWSLETTER today (27th-),
however, that that information is incorrect.
Mr Jacobs confirmed he has been transferred from the post of
Solicitor--General, but, he said, "My new position is in the
Department of Home and Carriacou Affairs, and this has been with
effect from March 17th.
Mr Jacobs (who was born on the island dependency of Carriacou),
was referred to in the Report of the Duffus Commission of Inquiry
as a person who "on his own evidence demonstrated a lack of
knowledge of the duties of a law officer of the Crown and acted
with gross impropriety ..... The Commissioners suggested
that the Judicial & Legal Services Commission enquire into his
conduct with the view to determining whether His Excellency the
Governor General should be advised to remove him from his office
as Solicitor- General.
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and others on January 21st 1974, and has expressed implicit trust
that Prime Minister Gairy, who is Minister of National Security,
will protect all citizens.
One prominent member of the Businessmen's Association,
Mr W E Douglas, is also Chairman on the Public Service Commission.
Mr Douglas told NEWSLETTER today (27th) that he would say nothing
as to whether or not he disassociates himself from the position
taken by the Businessmen's Association. "It is in my best
interests and the best interest of the public that I do not
comment or say anything at this time. If I express any opinion
it may be construed as that of the Public Service Commission and
I do not want to involve the Commission."
In its editorial of March 26th, the local independent "Torchlight"
newspaper points out that "all the known figures of the(Buinessmen's)
Association have at one time or another been in the favour of the
Government. Not one of them had his business place looted during
the crisis. They have never been scorched or touched by the
Police or the Police Aides. Several of them are members of the
ruling Party and are known to have made substantial contributions
to the Party's cause. It is not surprising, therefore, that
they would react in this manner."
Meanwhile, two other organizations have commented on the Duffus
Report. In a press release dated March 20th, the Grenada
Chamber of Commerce said it "strongly supports the recommendations
of the Commission and looks forward to its implementation in a
'meaningful way'." In a letter dated March 24th, with copies
to the Governor General, Press and Radio, the Grenada Christian
Council sent a letter to Prime Minister Gairy expressing
"heartfelt thanks to the Duffus Commission for doing so fine a
job..... Referring to the Commissioners as men recognizedd