Aliscer Hughes 2, h Ja1ua:ry 1576
P 0 Box 65
GRENADA .e ,( hADA L
For e(t.;- Ending January Mat 1976 \1
In an exclusive telephone interview with I'EWbLETTiR on Tuesday of
this week (27th), Ir George Hasten, Minister of Fipnece in the
Grenada Government, confirmed that the gasoline distributing
companies had made application to Government for a further increase
in the price of gasoline.
These distributing companies, Shell, Tcxjdn ad ,sn, rmwna
application late last year for an increase in the price which was
then EC$1.78 per imperial gallon. As a result of this application,
Government authorised a 190 increase, fifteen cents of which was
to go to the distributing companies and the remaining four cents to
the service station operators.
This increase came into effect on January 8th, but it became known
almost immediately that neither the distributing companies nor the
service station operators were satisfied with the new price of
EC01.97 per gallon. At that time, sources close to the
distributing companies said that, when Government was considering the
increase, no account was taken of the fact that the Government's
Budget proposals for 1976 had increased the landed cost of gasoline
Reliable sources disclosed that, on -onday January 12th,
representatives of the distributing companies held discussions with
the minister of Finance and received assurances that Government would
give early consideration to their proposals. It is understood,
however, that up to Jonday of this week (26th), nothing had been
heard from Government. Two of the distributing companies stopped
making deliveries to service stations and, by ..onday afternoon, at
least one service station in St.Georges had run out of supplies.
In NEWSLETTER's interview with Ir Hosten, he stated that the matter
of the price increase would be dealt with at a Cabinet meeting on
Wednesday (28th), but with the fear that the matter might be further
Irawn out, long queues of motorists formed at service stations on
Tuesdayy (27th), and by afternoon of that day, a check around
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St.Georges showed that five service cizati.Ins had e'.:jy storage tanks.
An announcement over Radio Grenada last night (28th) stated that
Cabinet has agreed to a further increase of eleven cents which now
brings the retail price of gasoline to EC$2.08. Sources close to
the gasoline distributing companies would not say today whether this
increase was considered satiefaotory aad it was understood' that
official notification was being awaited from Government so that
Head Offices could be notified,
According to the radio announcement, this 110 increase will all be
drawn by the distributing companies. It is known that service
station operators were not satisfied with the 40 allowed thls in
the increase granted on [anuAry 8th, and it may be that these
operators will now make a further appiimndtn .to> government.
GUVERNMENT EMPLO YhLa GIV D-ABLINE.
reliable sources disclosed to NEWbLEbTTBR today (29th) that, following
the joint meeting of the Lxecutives of the Civil Service Association
(CSA), the Grenada Union of Teachers (GUT) and the Technical and
Allied Workers Union (TAWU) held on January 20th, a joint letter
was sent to Mr George Hosten, the Minister of Finance.
This letter, dated January 21st, referred to Mr Hosten's letter of
November 28th 1975, which letter dealt with the matter of the revision
of salaries and in which the Minister had promised to communicate
with CSA, GUT and TAWU "as soon as possible". The letter to the
Minister pointed out that some considerable time had passed without
the receipt of any communication from him and that members of the
three organizations (all of which represent Government employees
of various categories), were getting "restive".
The letter to the Minister also pointed out that the cost of living
was taking a steep upward trend because of new tax provisions in
-he 1976 Budget, and concern was expressed that no provision had been
voade in that Budget for a revision of salaries.
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Mr Hosten has been asked to reply to this 3oint letter by Thursday
February 5th, failing which, the CSA, GUT and TAWU will be forced *
to consider what further action should be taken.
EASTER WATER PARADE
According to an official news release, Government has already
issued invitations to several nations to enter the competitive
events planned for the "Easter Water Parade" scheduled to take place
in Grenada commencing on the Saturday after Good Friday and
continuing for four days until Easter Tuesday.
The countries invited so far are Canada, the United States, Mexico,
Guatemala, Chile, Bolivia, Panama, Guyana and all the Caribbean
Among the events planned are yacht races, water skiing, swimming
events, water sports, dinghy racing and big game fishing. It is
also expected that tennis tournaments will be arranged.
According to the news release, trenada hotels are offering special
attractive rates for accomodation during the "Easter Water Parade",
and Prime Minister Gairy has proposed that this event become an
CHAMBER PROTESTS TAX
In a letter doted January 22nd, the Grenada Chamber of Commerce
wrote to Mr George Hosten, the Minister of Finance, concerning the
provision in the island's 1976 Budget of a 6tamp Duty Tax to be
imposed on the C.I.F. value of all imported goods.
In its letter to Mr Hosten, the Chamber noted that, in the face of
what it called "the depressed economic conditions in the country",
this new tax will place additional burdens on the population. The
Chamber further expressed the opinion that the Stamp Duty Act will
further increase the cost of living and reduce the standards of the
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population to mere subsistence levels.
On the basis of these arguments, the Chamber requested the Minister
to give early consideration to having the Stamp Duty Act repealed,
Sources close to the Chamber disclosed today (29th) that, under date
of January 26th, Mr Hosten has acknowledged receipt of the Chamber's
letter and has advised that its ''contents have been noted".
TAWU/CWC AGREEMENT STILL UNSIGNED.
Mr Curtis Stewart, President of the Technical & Allied Workers Union
(TAWU) said today (29th) that he hoped the new Agreement between his
union and the Central Water Commission (CWC) would be signed before
Signature of this Agreement has been delayed because of dissatisfaction
of workers over implementation of the arrangements agreed upon for
the resumption of work after strike ,action was taken last Deoember.
These arrangements refer to payments to be made by the ~WC ftop the
period of time the workers were out on strike.
Mr Stewart said today (29th) that some of the points causing
dissatisfaction had been cleared up and he expressed confidence that
the remaining outstanding matters would be settled shortly.
CRUISE LINER CALLS.
During the week ending January 24th, the following cruise liners
visited Grenada :-
Date. Ship Passengers
19th Oceanic /- 808
20th Jason U 55
20th Cunard Adventurer 559
21st Istra 81
21st Amerikanis 568 plf
23rd Italia 400 (
23rd San Viking 730 (26 word)
On January 25th, the 3 S "Geeststar" loaded 22,287 boxes of bananas
weighing 656,819 ibs and valued at EC#52,545.00. There were 624
boxes of rejected fruit. (26 words)
Aliste H 29th January 1976