The Grenada newsletter


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The Grenada newsletter
Physical Description:
v. : ill. ; 36 cm.
A. & C. Hughes
Place of Publication:
St. George's, Grenada, West Indies
Publication Date:
twenty no. a year
completely irregular


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Dates or Sequential Designation:
Began in 1973.
General Note:
Description based on surrogate of: Vol. 11, no. 1 (Jan. 22, 1983); title from caption.

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lister Hughes 15th May 1975
0 Box 65


For Week Ending May 17th. o q
\1o I (. NO I
Civil Servants in Grenada were not paid April salaries until
Tuesday of this week, April 13th.

This payment followed action by the Civil Service Association
(CSA) which summoned a General Meeting for May 8th because
the Council of CSA had "been in touch with the Minister of
Finance, who, up to the afternoon of May 6th, could not tell
when outstanding salaries would be paid."

At the CSAmeeiang, a Resolutioniwas passed which subsequently
had the support of the Grenada Union of Teachers (GUT) and
the Technical & .AlliAd Workers Union .(TAWU) (both
organizations representing workers in sections of the Public
Service) and, on May 9th, this Resolution was sent in a
joint CSA, GUT, TAWU letter to Mr George Hosten, Minister of

The Resolution stated, in part, that salaries for April were
to be paid by May 15th, "failing which, the Unions will feel
free to take whatever industrial action is deemed necessary".
This deadline was met, but no information could be had as to
how Government had financed the payment.
At the recent Commonwealth Heads of Government Conference in
Jamaica, Prime Minister Gairy stated he was having difficulty
to find money for Civil Servants salaries, and it was reported
that the President of Nigeria, General Yakubu Gowon, had
promised to assist in this financial difficulty. It could
not be ascertained whether payment of salaries to Civil
Servants on the 13th was made possible by money given by
General Gowon or whether revenue from Customs, Excise and
other sources had been able to meet the commitment.

Alister Hughes
THE GRENADA KMWIETT~ Week Eddine May 17th 1975
Page ?

The CSA Resolution sent to the Minister of Finance also
demanded tthat salaries in future be paid on or before
the last day of the month to all Public Officers
throughout the nation', and "salaries must be paid to all
Public Officers throughout the nation on the same day"

These demands create another problem for Government at
the end of May when over a million dollars (EC) will
have to be found for salariesA The CSA, GUT and TAWU
have Warned that failure to meet these demand "wbuid
result in the Uniohs taking whatever action is deemed

(355 words)

According to a Government Release of May 12th, Prime
Minister Gairy feels "it is time for someone'to bring an
indictment against British colonial policy."

At the recent Commonwealth Heads of Government Conference
in Jamaica, Mr Gairy charged that Britain was morally
guilty of mismanaging Grenada's economy from the time she
acquired the island by the Treaty of Versailles in 1783.

The Prime Minister also charged that Britain was guilty of
"economic cruelty", and,, according to the Government
Release, Mr Gairy said that "after 191 years of colonial
domination, there should be a hefty balance in Grenada's
favour based on a conservative annual estimate of half a
million pounds sterling for commodities supplied during
that period, including sugar, tobacco, cotton, limes,
cocoa, bananas and 'spices."

At a meeting of the Grenada Cabinet on May 9th, approval
was given to Mr Gairy to prepare Grenada's case against
Britain which will be formally presented before the

Alister Hughes
Page 3

Commonwealth Heads of Government, the Economic Commission

for Latin America, the United Nations and the International

Court of Justice.

Prime Minister Gairy is reported by the Government Release

as saying that, while there is no precedent for suing the

British Government, this will be another "first" for Grenada,

Sources close to the Attorney General's office said, this.

week, that nothing is Bknown in that Department about,the.

proposed action ag'ihnst the British Government.

(229 words)
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H.M.S "Gurkha", a frigate of the Tribal Class attached

to the British Royl Navy iWestindies Station, paid a

two-day visit"t'o Grenada. on' 1th and. 14th May. The

"Gurkha", under the c-0mind of Commander "Tim" Lee, also

had on board Commodore Bryan John Straker, the Senior

Naval Officer of the Westindies Station with headquarters

in Bermuda.

In an exclusive interview with NEWS''TTER, Commodore

Straker said the Royal Navy Westindies Station has

existed since 1767 when the Senior Naval Officer was the

famous Commodore Samuel Hood, but Commodore Straker

disclosed that, as a result of a British defence review,

the Westindies Station will be closed down by April 1st


"I'm personally sorry about it", said Commodore Straker,

"but, all things have to happen and, in fact, there will

be a reorganisation the way in which we still have a

presence and come and visit the Westindies."

Alister Hughes
TEr GRENADA NOW8t HWeek Ending May 17th
Page 4

The "Gurkha'sh last port beforo calling at Granada was
Port-of-Spainl,Trinidad, and, .travelling with the ship

from Trinidad was Mr Michael Dibbin of the British High

Commission in Trinidad. Mr Dibbin's duties at the

High Commission include special diplomatic responsibilities

for Grenada.
(187 words)
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Mr Craig Barnard, Manager of Grenada's Spice Island Inn

and President of the Grenada Hotel Association, will

attend the 17th Annual General Meeting of the Caribbean

Hotel Association which will be held in Nassau from 2nd
to 8th June.

At least three other hoteliers from the island are expected

to attend this meeting, among them, Mr Royston Hopkin,

Manager of the Ross Point Inn and a'Vice-President of

the Caribbean Hotel Association.
(71 words)


On Tuesday May 27th, the Appeal Court will hear the
Application of Mr John McDonald Moore which arises out
of the bye-election held in Grenada on April 5th 1974.

Mr Moore's Application, which is to have that bye-election

declared null and void, was heard originally before
Mr Justice Eric Bishop. Mr Moore contended that his
constitutional right to be a voter was contravened because
the Supervisor of Elections failed to carry out his

Statutory duties in that he had not revised the electoral
lists during 1975, with the result that Mr Moore's right
to be registered as a voter was denied.

Alister Hughes
THE GRENADA NEWSITTER r Week Ending May 17th.
Page 5

Mr Justice Bishop said, however, there was no cbnatitutional

contravention of Mr Moore's right to be registered. But,

the judge observed there might have been contravention of

the House of Representatives Act.

This matter was taken before the Appeal Court in May 1974,

but it was not heard because, in the words of the then

acting Chief Justice, Mr Justice Percy lewis, "there is

no copy of the Grenada Constitution available to the Court."

(170 words)


During the week ending May 10th, two Cruise Liners called

at irenada. These were the "Cunard Adventurer with 496

passengers and the "Britanis" with 627. This total of

1123 passengers bring the total of cruise liner visitors to

2481 for the period 1st to 10th May.

(46 words)


On May 13th, the S S "Geestcrest" loaded 25,508 Boxes of

bananas valued at EC$57,949.00. .Total weight of the

shipment was 772,654 lbs. One fandred and twelve boxes

were rejected.

(28 words)


The Jamaica Exporters Association staged in Grenada on the

"Federal Maple", a one-day exhibition of Jamaican made goods

when the ship called today (15th) on its regular schedule.

Mr Lloyd Hepburn, leader of this Trade Mission. told NEWSLETTER

the exhibition had been put on in all the Leeward and Windward

islands and in Barbados, and Trinidad would be the last market

to be visited before returning to Jamaica. Mr Ashton Frame,

Minister of State responsible for Trade, paid an official visit

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