Alister Hughes 235d October 1975
P 0 Box 65
For Week. .Ending October 25th 1775
FiUPR PORT ZOiw0 IN GRENADA. (?)
In its issue of October 19th, the Grenada "Torchlight" reproduced
a letter dated August 12th 1975 signed by Mr Francis bheead,
Grenada's Consul General in New York and addressed to Messre
Picard International Ltd of 816, Morris Avenue, Union, New Jersey,
In his letter, Mr Redhead expresses pleasure that Picard
International has decided to work closely with "Grenada Free Port
Corporation", and says that Prime Minister Gairy has taken a keen
interest in the project. Ar Redhead says further that Mr Gairy
has instructed both the Consulate General and the Permanent Mieae4o
in New York to be at the service of and to cooperate with Picard
International in every way possible.
In the same issue of the "Torchlight", a circular letter from
Picard International Ltd is also reproduced. This letter is
dated October 2nd 1975, and it states that we are officially
designated 'purchasing agents' for the Grenada Free Port Corporation,
the administering body for the recently constituted 'Free Port Zone'
in Grenada, West Indies". The letter goes on to say that Picard
would like to buy products which would be shipped directly to
Grenada, and it asks for details of product selection, price and
These letters appear to have connection with the registration, on
October 15th, under the Companies Ordinance, of the "Grenada Free
Port Limited". This Company, which is a private business, has
as its objects the carrying on of "business in the State and to
act as Merchants, Bankers, Traders, Commission Agents, Bankers of
every description, Shop-Owners, Carriers, or in any other capacity
in Grenada or elsewhere, and to import, export, buy, sell, barter,
exchange, pledge, make advances upon or otherwise deal in foods,
produce, articles and merchandise of every description."
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 25.10.75
The share capital of the Company is EC#500,000.00, divided into
5,000 shares each, and, so far, names of two subscribers have
been registered. They are Mr Dennis Ross of St.Ju.lles Street,
St.Georges, and Miss Sheila LaCeroix of Lance Aux Epines. The
directors of the Company have not been named, but it is understood
that the two shareholders registered are employees of Mr John Clancey,
United States entrepreneur resident in Grenada, and it is rumoured
that Mr Clancey is associated with the venture.
As far as could be ascertained, Government has not yet created a
Free Port Zone in Grenada.
TENSION MOUNTS WITH TELEPHONE WORKERS
Tension centers around the renegotiation of a new industrial contract
between the Grenada Telephone Company and the Technical & Allied
Workers Union (TAWU), the recognized bargaining agent for workers
with the Company.
The old contract expires in July 1974 and, at that time, the Company
claimed that it was unable to face any substantial increase in the
wage bill. As a result, TAWU agreed to accept an interim
Agreement in whic(there wcre increases of 10/o for persons drawing
EC$500.00 per month and over, and 121% for persons drawing under
The interim Agreement expired in July 1975, and it is understood
that the Company is still claiming inability to face any substantial
increase in wages. Mr Curtis Stewart, President of TAWU, said
today (23rd) that the Union is concerned over the Company's
claim and that research is being done into the facts. He said
further that the Company and Union will meet next Tuesday (28th)
and he thought the outcome of that meeting was important.
Queried on this, Mr Ivor O'Brien, Manager 6f the Telephone Company,
confirmed that a meeting has been arranged for next Tuesday, but
declined to say more.
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 25,10.75
The Grenada Telephone Company is a joint venture of the Government
of Grenada and Continental Telephone System Corporation, each party
holding 50A of the shares. Telephone rates are fixed with the
approval of Government and the last increase was approved with
effect from May Ist 1974.
CAIC MEETS IN GRENADA.
Prime Minister Eric Gairy will formally declare open the 21st
Annual General Meeting of the Caribbean Association of Industry
and Commerce (CAIC) which gets under way at the Conference Room
of the Holiday Inn on Wednesday October 30th.
The agenda for this meeting includes discussion on Trans-national
Corporations, Bulk-purchasing, the Insurance Industry and Freedom
of the Press, and delegates are expected from Commonwealth
Caribbean countries stretching from Guyana to Jamaica.
Mr Charles Maynard, President of CAIC, and Mr Noel Venner, the
Secretary General, are expected to arrive in Grenada a few days
before the meeting to make final arrangements.
CPBA TO MEET IN GRENADA
Sources close to Grenada Publishers Ltd, publishers of Grenada's
"Torchlight" newspaper, disclosed yesterday (22nd) that the
Annual General Meeting of the Caribbean Publishers & Broadcasters
Association (CPBA) will be held in Grenada commencing November 6th.
It was further disclosed that Prime Minister Gairy has agreed to
formally open the meeting which, it is understood, will take place
at Holiday Inn in the Grand Anse hotel area.
Earlier this year, CPBA was instrumental in having the Grenada
Government amend its controversial Newspaper Act in order to permit
newspapers printed or published in the State to effect insurance
against libel instead of making a deposit of EC$20,000.00 with
the Accountant General.
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 25.10.75
In addition to other items, the Annual General Meeting will discuss
the newsp per laws in effect in Antigua and Grenada, and will
consider the state of Freedom of the Press in the Caribbean.
Grenada Publishers Ltd will be host Member to CPBA during the
holding of the Annual General Meeting.
GUT MEMBERS MEET AGAIN.
For the second time in seven days, the Grenada Union of Teachers
(GUT) met on October 18th to discuss matters of concern relative to
teachers and the Government of Grenada.
A spokesman for GUT disclosed that, among matters discussed was
that of the method of selection of teachers to attend the Teacher
Training College. There are complaints that some teachers have
been applying for four consecutive years but have not been selected
despite their qualifications.
There are also complaints that seniority is not recognized in making
appointments of Principals and Acting Principals, and the GUT is
concerned that it is forced to operate under out-of-date education
regulations which came into force in 1936.
It was also disclosed that GUT has recognized several irregularities
in the recently published School Leaving Results. These
irregularities have been pointed o t to the Ministry of Education
with the hope that they will be rectified.
The ma n question discussed was that of a salaries revision which
is felt to be urgently needed, and the Executive of GUT has been
given a mandate to persue this and other matters.
TRADE UNIONIST ATTENDS IMPORTANT MEETING.
Mr Eric Pierre, President of the Commercial & Industrial Workers
Union, flies out of Grenada on Monday 27th October to attend a
meeting of the Inter-American Regional Organisation of the International
Federation of Commercial, Clerical and Technical Employees, to be
held in Buenos Aires, Argentina over the two day period 30th/31st
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 25.10.75
Mr Pierre explained today (23rd) that the groundwork has been laid
for the creation of several "sections" of the Federation, and the
meeting in Buenos Aires is for the specific purpose of launcing
the "Commercial Section".
"This historic meeting is the result of many years of preparation",
Mr Pierre said, "and I am very pleased that I am able to attend,"
At the meeting, Mr Pierre will deliver a paper on inflation in
Grenada, unemployment in the State and general working conditions.
On his return journey, he will stop off at Trinidad to attend
the 25th Anniversary Celebrations of the Union of Commercial
& Industrial Workers scheduled for 1st to 8th November.
COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT SIGNED,
Texace (Grenada) Limited has entered into a new wage Agreement
with Technical & Allied Workers Union which will give workers
an increase of 574.
This Agreement, which was mutually approved on October 17th,
is effective from May lst 1975 and provides for the increase to
be extended over three years, 40% to be paid in the first year,
10% in the second and 7% in the third.
Other benefits for workers include higher overtime rates,improved
vacation pay and the introduction of the five-day week.
On October 21st, the S S "Geeatland" loaded 9,287 boxes of bananas
valued at EC$26,143.00 and weighing 275,196 Ibs. There were 10
boxes of rejected fruit. An official of the Grenad Cooperativer-
Banana Society said today (23rd) that, with effect from this week,
it is expected that there will be weekly loadings of bananas.
Fortnightly loadings have been in effect since mid-August,
rd August 1975