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4th December 1975
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THE GRtENADA EWaLETTE
For The Week Ending December 6th
DLPO6D CHAJ8 AN LOSES SUIT.
On Monday of this week (1st) Mr Justice Archibald Nedd gave his
decision in the Suit brought by Mr P J Archibald, Chairman of the
elected Nutmeg Board dissolved by Government. This Suit was
brought against Mr Harold Dennison, the one-man Commissioner
appointed by Government to look into the affairs of the Grenada
Cooperative Nutmeg Association,
In his Suit, Mr Archibald claimed, among other things, that
Mr Dennison had demonstrated a real likelihood of bias by reason of
his conduct of the proceedings of the Commission of Inquiry and by
his vehement expressions of prejudicial allegations. Mr Archibald's
J"It requested an.injunction restraining Mr Dennison from proceeding
with the Inquiry.
Handing down his decision on Monday, Mr Justice Nedd said there was
no evidence to ground the principles for granting an interlocutory
injunction in this matter. Mr Archibald's application was,
Another matter relating to the Nutmeg Board was commenced in the High
Court before Mr Justice Nedd on Monday 1st. This matter is a Suit
brought by the members of the dissolved Nutmeg Board. The Suit
seeks a declaration that the Order which dissolved the elected
Nutmeg Board on July 4th is null and void, and that it contravenes
the constitutional rights of the members of that elected Board.
The hearing of this Suit proceeded on Monday 1st and Tuesday 2nd but
was not completed on the afternoon of the second day. Pointing
ott that he would have to resume the regular Sessions of the High
Court on the morning Cd Wednesday 3rd, Mr Justice Nedd postponed the
hearing of the Suit until Monday January 12th 1976.
NUTMEG INQUIRY CONTINUES
The Commission of Inquiry into the affairs of the Grenada Cooperative
Nutmeg Association, which last conducted hearings on Thursday 13th.
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Cabinet also decided to send a participant to a Seminar on Tax Audit to
be held in Haiti from January 1 8th to 24th 1976. ''his Seminar is
organised by the Interamerican Centre of Tax Administrators, and it
will up-date and re-examine issues in the Audit field.
Participants in the Haitian Seminar will include Audit Experts and
representatives of specialised international organizations, and subjects
to be covered include a review of planning and objectives in audits,
control and evaluation, sanctions and assessable penalties and
On December 1st, the S S "Geeststar" loaded 14,086 boxes of bananas
weighing 411,220 lbs and valued at $35,981.00EC, There were 37
boxes of rejected fruit.
CRUISE LINER CALLS.
During the week ending November 29th, three cruise liners called at
Grenada. These were the "Cunard Adventurer" on the 25th with 589
passengers, the "Amerikanis" on the 26th with 365 passengers, and the
"Sun Viking" on the 28th with 754 passengers.
This last issue of NEWSLETTER for the year
1975 comes with the personal wish that the
joy of the Season of the Christ Child may
be yours, and that, in the coming New Year,
we may all find that peace and understanding for which the world hungers.
A very Merry CHRISTMAS and a bright and prosperQus NEW YEAR : :
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considered this "disturbing".
"The original offer made by CWC was so far removed from the
Union's proposals that we have been considerably concerned
over the attitude of the Commission in this matter", said
Mr Stewart. "But", he continued, "the negligible increase
of 2i% which they have now put on leads us to believe that
little or no progress is being made in these negotiations
and they seem headed for stalemate."
Mr Stewart was unwilling to say what action the Union would
take if negotiations broke down. "We'll cross that bridge
if and when we get to it", he said.
The CWC is classified as an "essential service" under the
trade union laws of Grenada, and there is a special procedure
laid down for handling industrial disputes in essential services.
One of the conditions is that the Union must give notice of an
intended strike. Strike action now seems possible in this
dispute and, although it is understood that CWC had again referred
the matter to Cabinet, there is concern that a breakdown of
negotiations could adversely affect the public over the Christmas
GRLNADIANS ATTEND SEMINARS
Miss Leilla Mitchell will attend a Seminar on Research Techniques
for Education to be held at the Cave Hill Campus of the University
of The West Indies from December 15th to 19th.
The decision to send Miss Aitchell, who is Tutor at the urenada
Teachers College, was reached at a meeting of the Grenada Government
Cabinet on November 26th. This is the second such Seminar
organised by the University, and Miss Mitchell was the island's
representative when the first Seminar was held.
The purpose of this second Seminar is to provide participants at
the first Seminar and Tutors of Teachers Colleges in the Eastern
Caribbean with an opportunity to consolidate the work done previously.
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November, resumed at Parliament Building on Tuesday December 2nd.
Mr Harbld'Dennison, the one-man Commissioner appointed by Government,
originally adjourned hearings until November 25th, but, pince November
13th, there have been no sittings until December 2nd. There is no
indication yet when it is likely the hearings will be completed.
NUTOIEG MANAGER FIRED.
Mr McDonald Welch, former Manager of the Gouyave Nutmeg Processing
Station, who was suspended when Government dissolved the elected
Nutmeg Board on July 4th, has been fired. No grounds were given
for the dismissal.
It was Mr Welch's suspension, coupled with the dismissal of two workers
from the Gouyave Station that sparked the strike of the Commercial &
Industrial Workers Union still in effect.
NEGOTIATIONS HEADING FOR STALEMATE.
Mr Curtis Stewart, President of the Technical & Allied Workers Union,
(TAWU) said today he was unhappy about the progress of the negotiations
his Union was now conducting with the Central Water Commission (CWC)
relative to workers employed with the Commission.
At a meeting held on November 28th between TAWU and CWC and under the
chairmanship of Mr Robert Robinson, the Labour Commissioner, the CWC
team, headed by Mr Lawrence Fletcher, Chairman of CWC, indicated that
no negotiations could be conducted as CWC had no further instructions
from Cabinet and could not alter its offer to TAWU.
This offer was a wage increase of 104 spread over the next three years.
TAWU has rejected this and demands a 33 increase over the next two years.
On Tuesday of this week (2nd), a further meeting of CWC and TAWU was
held under the chairmanship of the Labour Commissioner, and Mr Stewart
tnld NEWSLETTER today (4th) that most of the time taken by that meeting
was spent in having the negotiating parties state their positions to
the Labour Commissioner. Mr Stewart said, however, that CWC has
now increased its offer to 12-% over the next three years, and he