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THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER \NL I ,)
For Week Ending November 22nd 197Z
RECORD NUTMEG PAYOUT
A source close to the Grenada Cooperative Nutmeg Association
disclosed today (20th) that the surplus to be paid to nutmeg
producers this year is likely to be In excess of a record
EC$2.75 million. This surplus is the result of the
Association's trading during the Nutmeg Year of July 1974 to
The same source said that, while it is usual for the annual
surplus to be paid by the end of November, because of the
current "go-slow" at the Association's head office, thoe tney
is not likely to be put into circulation before mid-December.
A spokesman for the Chamber of Commerce expressed concern over
this delay as the success of Grenada's end-of-year trade is
dependent largely on the boost given by the nutmeg pay-out to
the amount of cash in circulation. "With this boost coming
so late," he said, "the Christmas trade expected by merchants
will be affected adversely."
In the mean time, other concern has been expressed that the
scheduled payout of the nutmeg surplus may be done in an illegal
manner by the Interim Board appointed by Government after the
dissolution by the Governor General of the elected Nutmeg Board
of the Association.
Each year, before the surplus has been paid, a General Meeting
of the Association has been called to approve the audited
accounts and the amount proposed to be paid as surplus. To
date, however, no notice has been sent out for a General Meeting
and the fear has been expressed that payment of the surplus may
be further delayed if legal action is taken to restrain the
Interim Board from making any payment of the surplus before a
General Meeting has approved the audited accounts of the
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 22.11.75
GERMAN TV PFATURE OF GRENADA
The well-known German TV and film actor, Mr Raimund Harmstorf,
completed a TV feature here during the week ending November 15th.
This feature, which is part of a regular series, 'the "sea Wolf",
highlights Grenada and has sequences on the island's Grand Anse
Beach together with shots filmed on scenic Calivigny Island off
the south coast.
According to Senator Paul Slinger, Minister of Tourism, this feature
will be seen in Germany early in December, and it is expected to
have a favourable effect on Grenada's tourist trade.
Mr Harmstorf and the TV filming crew left Grenada on Tuesday last (18th)
CRUISE LINER CALLS
Three cruise liners carrying a total of 1726 passengers called at
Grenada during the week ending Nhvember 15th. These boats were
the "Cunard Adventurer" on the 11th with 556 paocengers, the
"Amorlkanis" on the 12th with 428 passengers, and the "Sun Viking"
on the 14th with 742 passengers.
On November 18th, the S S "Geestland" loaded 17,932 boxes of bananas
valued at EC$46,384.00. This shipment weighed 530,114 lbs and
214 boxes of fruit were rejected. A spokesman for the Banana
Cooperative Society said that the high number of rejects was
probably because the heavy rainfall recently experienced in Grenada
resulted in many banana trees falling, and the fruit from these
trees would have been bruised.
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THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 22.11.75
AdBASSADOR PiRSENTS CREDENTIALS.
His Excellency Monsieur Henri Chollet, p'rench Ambassador
accredited to Grenada, presented his credentials to the Governor
General, Sir Leo de Gale, late last month and was the guest of
honour at a cocktail party hosted by Sir Leo.
Monsieur Chollet, who is also the French Ambassador to Trinidad
& Tobago where he resides, paid a courtesy call to Prime Minister
Gairy before returning home by private aircraft.
ILO DIRECTOR VISITS.
Dr Zin Henry, Director of the Caribbean Area Office of the
International Labour Organisation (ILO), visited Grenada InRt
week and met with Mr Franklin Dolland, Acting Minister of Finance
and Senator Basil Matthews, Acting Minister of Labour.
Dr Henry also held discussions with Trade Union representatives
relative to a programme for workers's education, and with the
Grenada mployare Pod eration rolttbve t services available to
the Federation through ILO.
The scheduled ILO Round Table Conference due to be held in Jamaica
from 2nd to 9th December was also the subject of discussion
between Dr Henry and the Federation, and it was disclosed that
the theme of that Conference will be "The Role of Employers'
Organizations in the English-speaking Caribbean."
Grenada will be represented at the Round Table Conference by
Irs Angela Smith, President of the Grenada Employers Federation.
COLOMBIAN REPRESENTS GRENADA.
A spokesman for the Department of External Affairs has confirmed
that Mr Jose M Chaves is Grenada's representative on the Political
Committee of the United Nations. Mr Chaves is a native of
THE GRLNADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 22.11.75
NUTMEG THE MAIN EXPORT
The Nutmeg Industry continues to be the island's main money earner,t
some 37 million dollars (EC) having been earned in the three month
period of July to September, his figure was realized from
shipments totalling 1,700,754 Is, and in September alone, earnings
were over one million dollars from shipments totalling 673,850 lbs.
Fpr the same period, 152,940 Ibs of mace were shipped with resulting
revenue of EC$586,737.00. Of this total, 69,100 Ibs valued at
EC$212,706.00 were shipped in September.
NEW WAGE AGREEMENT.
Employers in Grenada will commence back-pay payments to daily
paid workers sometime between December 1st and 15th as a result of
an Agreement reached between the Grenada Employers Federation and
representatives of the Grenada Maritime Manual Mental & Agricultural
Workers Union (GMMMAWU).
The Union's team to the negotiations was led by the Union's President-
General-For-Life, Prime Minister Eric Gairy, and the Federation was
represented by Messrs W A Branch, Paul Kent and R M Bhola.
According to the new Agreement, the minimum daily wage for men is
EC$5.00 and for women, EC$4.00, with effect from July let 1975,
and the Agreement is to run for three years. Other conditions
are that the employer should deduct 250 per day towards a personal
savings fund and a further 150 to be put in a Provident Fund.
One demand of the Union was that employers should guarantee a
minimum of four days work per week to each worker, but, because
of current financial difficulties, the Federation did not feel able
to agree to this. The representatives of GavMAWU have promised
to bring this to the attention of Government.