Alister Hughes 18th october 1975
P 0 Box 65
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER (
For Week Ending October 18th 1975
GCNA INDUSTRIAL DISPUTE DEEPENS.
Mr Eric Pierre, President of the Commercial & Industrial Workers
Union (CIWU), said today (18th) that he was disturbed that the
Interim Board of the Grenada Cooperative Nutmeg Association (GCNA)
"seemed determined to provoke workers who were merely seeking their
rights to collective bargaining."
Mr Pierre was referring to a letter dated October 1lth received by
his Union from Mr Robin Renwick, Manager of GCNA, in which the
Union was advised that the "representation of the Association's
daily and monthly paid workers is still under active consideration
by the Board ...."
"The matter of representation is not in dispute", said Mr Pierre.
"This was settled a long time ago", he continued, "and if the
Interim Board maintains it present attitude, it is difficult to
predict what the outcome of this matter will be."
In connection with the "go-slow" by monthly paid workers, Mr Renwick
has advised CIWU that if this is found to affect the Association's
work, "the Board will have no alternative but to make other
arrangements to ensure that the work of the Association continues
and that the Association discharges its duties to Nutmeg Producers."
In the mean time, in a letter dated October 17th, the powerful
Seamen & Waterfront Workers Union (SWWU) has advised GCNA that it
supports the cause of CIWU. "From our observations", the letter
says, "it appears that the Board has not acted as one would have
expected in dealing with the workers' accredited representative
(the Union), and we view the developments that have taken place, so
far, as an attempt by the Board to deny workers their fundamental
Human Right to organise in Trade Unions of their choice for the
purpose of collective bargaining." SWWU has urged GCNA to
"do the right and just thing in the interest of harmonious
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER 18.10.75
use of Antiguan radio and television stations for this purpose,
First, no "item about the constituency or electoral area" may be
televised or broadcast from a station within the State if any
candidate takes part in the item and the broadcast ts not made
with his consent. When consent is given, the broadcast must
rot be made before Nomination Day, and, after that day, any toposing
candidate must give consent for the broadcast.
Another feature of the Bill is that it is illegal to employ paid
canvassers and "no payment .... for the purpose of promoting ..
.. election of a candidate .... be made on accountof bands of amuni.
torches, flags and banners."
All existing electoral lists of voters will be scrapped and a new
list will be made during the period 17th to 23rd November next when
eligible voters are required to visit Registration Offices in
person to be registered.
The Antigua Parliament must be dissolved early in February next and
political observers predict that General Elections will be held in
late February or early March. Premier George Walter has pledged
to take Antigua into independence if his Progressive Labour Party is
returned to power.
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CRUISE LINER CALLS
There was only one cruise liner call at Grenada during the week ending
October 11th, this being the "Cunard Adventurer" which docked at
St.Georges on October 7th with 525 passengers.
Over the two days of October 13th and 14th, the 8 S "Geesttide"
loaded 28,549 boxes of bananas weighing 850,739 Ibs and valued at
EC#80,820.00. There were 56 boxes of rejected fruit.
18th Oct 1975
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 18.10.75
In this examination, English and Elementary Maths are compulsory
and the candidate must offer three.other optional subjects drawn
from the school course. To qualify for a pass, a 40L mark *4
VA"4MSH hAD MATWS NHrD -40
in each of the optional subjects is required. In addition,
total marks must produce an aggregate of 40% of-the total
possible marks in English, Elemantary Maths and the three optional
ONE-MAN COMMISSION APPOINTED.
According to the Government Gazette of October 10th, Mr H R P
Dennison has been appointed a one-man Commission to inquire into :-
(a) the financial affairs of the Nutmeg Association during the
term of office of the Grenada Nutmeg Board recently dissolved by
Government with relation to the period 1st June 1969 to 4th July
(b) the Boards Accounts over the relevant period, looking into
itsapendings appropriations or otherwise; and
to report on such findings and make recommendations.
It is understood that Mr Dennison is a Guyanese who retired from
the Public Service of that country as Commissioner of Inland
Revenue. Mr Dennison was originally scheduled to arrive in
Grenada this week but is now expected to get here during the
course of next week.
ANTIGUA TO HAVE NEW ELECTION LAW
During a visit to Antigua this week, NEWSLETTER attended the
debate on the Representation of the People Act introduced into
Parliament by Premier George Walter.
Premier Walter said this Act would replace the State's Constitution
& Election Ordinance which came into effect 24 years ago but which
is now "outmoded, unwieldy and unsuited to the needs of the
The new Bill prohibits the use of foreign television and radio
stations for electioneering purposes and imposes controls on the
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 18th October 1975
The Grenada Union of Teachers (GUT) may resort to industrial action
if immediate solutions are not forthcoming in some matte"u which
are causing grave concern.
This was the feeling of a GUT Conference held on October 12th, and
the principal matter concerning the Union is Government's refusal
to accede to a request for an interim cost-of-living allowance
pending a salaries revision. In addition, GUT claims that
Government has added insult to injury in that the Union has been
told there will be no revision of salaries until 1976, and then
only provided that Government's off-shore oil prospecting
efforts are successful.
Another complaint of GUT relates to the procedure by which teachers
have been selected to attend the Grenada Teachers College and by
which Principals and Assistant Principals of schools have been
appointed. Calling this the "scandal of the year", the Union
claims that "many teachers were set aside and their juniors selected."
In addition, the Union complains of victimisation of teachers by
transfers, the failure of Government to implement the Education
Regulations which should have come into effect in 1973, and discourtesy
and disrespect of Ministries in not replying to communications.
POOR SCHOOL-LEAVING RESULTS.
On Tuesday October l4th, the Chief Education Officer, Mr R 0 Palmer,
released results of the 1975 School Leaving Examinations held in
Grenada during the period 26th to 30th May last.
It has been revealed that nearly the exact number of pupils took
the examination in 1975 as in 1974, the figure for 1974 being 1119,
and that for 1975, 1113. Of the 1974 figure, 664 were girls, and
in 1975, 658 were girls.
Results show that of the 653 girls taking the examination this year,
only 121 or 18.39% were successful. The figure for the boys was
lower, 80 or 17.58% having passed.