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28th November 1975
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TiEL GRENADA iEWSLETTER --
PFor The Week Lnding November 29th
COURT DECISION DE0CLLR iST
On Monday of this week (24th), Mr Desmond Christian, Grenada's
Attorney General, argued Government's case in a Suit filed against
Mr Harold Dennison, the one-man Commissioner appointed by Government
to investigate the affairs of the Grenada Cooperative Nutmeg
This Suit, which was filed by Mr F J Archibald, Chairman of the
elected Nutmeg Board -dissolved by Government on July 4th, is being
heard in Chambers before Mr Justice Archibald Nedd. Appearing
for Mr P J Archibald are barristers Lloyd Noel, Kenrick Radix and
Maurice Bishop, and following conclusion of the Attorney General's
presentation on Tuesday 25th, these lawyers addressed Mr Justice Nedd.
In his Suit, Mr Archibald is seeking, among other things, a
declaration that Mr Dennison has demonstrated a real likelihood of
bias by reason of his general conduct of the proceedings of the
Commission of Inquiry and his vehement expressions of prejudicial
allegations. Mr Archibald also seeks an injunction restraining
Commissioner Dennison from proceeding with the Inquiry.
In the mean time, the hearings of the Commission of Inquiry, which
were scheduled to be resumed on Tuesday 25th, have been postponed to
Tuesday December 2nd. It seems unlikely, however, that these
hearings will be resumed then.
It is understood that .Air Justice Nedd will hand down his decision in
the bias Suit against Commissioner Dennison on Monday December lest.
This decision will be given in Chambers, following which, a Suit
challenging the validity of the Order which dissolved the elected
Nutmeg Board will be heard in open Court over the two days of Monday
lest and Tuesday 2nd December. Both the Attorney General and
Senator Derek Knight are involved in this Suit, and since both of
these gentelmen are also appearing at the hearings of 'the Commission
of Inquiry, it isnxpected that a further postponement from December
1st will be made. (301 words)
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WATER WORKERS STRIKE.
Workers at the Central Water Commission walked off their jobs on Monday
24th in protest against the alleged failure of the Commission to
commence negotiations on a new Wage Agreement.
These workers are represented by the Technical & Allied Workers Union
(TAWU), and sources close to the Union said that proposals were submitted
to the Commission in February last and a new Agreement should have come
into effect on March 1st. "Instead", said TAWU sources, "all we have
been getting from the Commission is empty promises."
Following the walk out on Monday, Mr Curtis Stewart, President of TAWU,
held talks with officials of the Water Commission, and at 1.00pm on
Tuesday 25th, the workers returned to their jobs. Mr Stewart continued
his talks on Tuesday and Wednesday, but he informed NEWSLETTER today
(27th) that these negotiations have broken down and the matter has been
referred to the Labour Commissioner, Mr Robert Robinson, for conciliation.
The points to be decided centre principally on wages and sick and vacation
leave. The Union is asking for a 331% wage increase over the next
two years while the Commission has countered with an offer of 10% over
the next three years.
Concerning leave, according to present arrangements, workers must work
200 days before they qualify for benefits. This, according to
Mr Stewart, was the structure used when the 6 day week was in effect.
Now that the 5 day week has been introduced, the Union is of the opinion
that these arrangements should be restructured.
In these discussion, the Commission's negotiating team is headed by
Mr Lawrence Fletcher who, in his capacity of Permanent Secretary in the
Ministry of Communications & Works, is ex officio Chairman of the
Central Water Commission. A further meeting has been arranged for
tomorrow (28th) when Mr Stewart and Mr Fletcher will meet with the
Labour Commissioner in an effort to reach agreement.
Speaking to NEWSLEVTTER today (27th), Mr Stewart expressed the hope
that it would not be necessary for his Union to take further industrial
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QAS RlPRLSLNTATKVE VIEWS RAIN DAmIAGE.
Senor Julio Silva, a representative of the Organisation of Amerioan
States (OAS), arrived in Grenada on Friday 21st to look over the
damage caused to the island by the recent heavy rains.
Senor Silva, who is based in Santo Domingo, came to Grenada at the
request of the Government and, after visiting the worst hit areas.,
held talks with the Deputy Prime Minister, Mr Herbert Preudhomme,
and other Ministers and officials.
Also in connection with the rain damage, another visitor to Grenada
over the last week-end was Mr David Carter of the United Nations
Disaster Relief Organisation. .other officials expected here
shortly are experts from the United Nations Development Programme
and from the Economic Commission for Latin America.
Preliminary estimates made by a team of officers from the 4iniatry
of Communications and Works and the Ministry of Agriculture place the
rain damage at approximately EC$10 million. Some half of this
is said to be in the area of roads and bridges while the remainder
is allocated to the loss of agricultural crops, fertilizer, land-
slides and erosion.
PHONE RATES UP
The Grenada Telephone Company Ltd has announced that, with effect
from December 1st, the rates for private telephones will be increased
from $18.00 to $22.50 per month. Installation charges have also
been increased from $30.00 to $55.00. No increase has been
announced for the rates of business phones which remain at $50.00
for a single phone and $70.00 for a PBX.
According to a notice appearing in the local press, these increases
have become necessary in order "to maintain the high level of service
we provide, to meet the increased cost of maintenance, material and
the increased cost of wages and salaries contained in our recently
concluded Agreement with the Technical & Allied Workers Union which
takes effect from 15th July 1975."
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Telephone rates have been increased every year for the last three years,
the last rise being on May 1st 1974. From February 1975, consumers
were called upon to pay an additional 10 on the basic charges for
overseas calls, but this was not a charge instituted by the Company.
This charge was provided for by the Telecommunications Act passed by
PIERE DEIIES REPORT
In an exclusive interview with NEWSLETTER today (27th), Senator Eric
Pierre, President of the Commercial & Industrial Workers Union, branded
as "false" a report appearing in the local press that striking workers
at the Gouyave Nutmeg Processing Plant are trying to secure reemployment.
These workers, who are reported to be over 100, have been on strike since
September 18th in protest against the dismissal of two of their colleagues,
and Senator Pierre said that, not only is the strike still in effect,
but further developments may be expected within the next day or two.
In the mean time, the supporting go-slow at the Nutmeg Association Head
Office is still in effect and this has delayed the annual pay-out of the
nutmeg "bonus" to producers. This pay-out has been made, usually, by
the end of November, but sources close to the Association state that it
is now unlikely that it can be made before mid-December.
TRADE UNIONIST GETS AWARD.
Senator Eric Pierre, President of the Commercial & Industrial Workers
Union and Secretary of the Seamen & Waterfront Workers Union, was one
of two Caribbean Tradeunionists honoured by the Trinidad & -Tobago Union
of Commercial & Industrial Workers (UCIW) during that Union's 25th
Anniversary Celebrations held recently in Trinidad
Together with Mr Frank Walcott, General Secretary of the Barbados Workers
Union, Mr Pierre was presented with a silver medal in appreciation of
his services to and cooperation with the UCIW. At the same time,
similar awards were made to tradeunionists in North America.
These awards were made at a special ceremony, and the presentations
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 29.11.75
were made on behalf of UCIW by Mr Justice Brathwaite, President
of the Industrial Court of Trinidad & Tobago.
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PRIiE MINISTER IN SURINAM
Prime Minister Eric Gairy flew out of Grenada on November 19th
to attend the Independence Celebrations in Surinam scheduled to
commence on November 21st and to be climaxed by the raising
of that country's new flag on November 26th.
As a part. of these Celebrations, a Trade Fair is being staged
at which, it is reported, there will be a Grenada booth
displaying the arts and crafts of the island. It is also
reported that Friday November 28th has been designated "Grenada
Night", and on that occasion, Prime Minister Gairy will host
a cocktail party.
Mr Gairy was accompanied to Surinam for the Celebrations by
his personal assistant, Mr Henry Bullen.
On Tuesday 25th November, the S S "Geestcrest" loaded 18,958 boxes
of bananas weighing 555,285 lbs and valued at EC$48,587.00.
There were 52 boxes of rejected fruit.
CRUISE LINER CALLS.
The S S "Cunard Adventurer" called at Grenada on November 18th
with 584 passengers. The only other cruise liner calling
during the week ending November 22nd was the "Amerikanis" on
November 19th with 471 passengers.