* Alister Hughes 12th !',bruary 1976
P 0 Box 65
THE GRILhKADA NEWSLET'T1!P
For The Week Ending _A.t+h Pqera _y 1976 q
GJViRNME T EaPLuYLLL To MEET
The Grenada Union of Teachers (GUT), the Civil Service Association
(CSA) and the Technical & Allied Workers Union (TAWU) have scheduled
a mass General Meeting to be held at the Civil Service Centre on
Saturday of this week (14th).
According to a Press Release issued yesterday (11th) by the joint
Executives of GUT, CSA and TAWU (each of which organizations -
represents different categories of Government employees), this mass
General Meeting is being called because of the failure of the
Minister of Finance, Mr George Hoaten, to reply to a letter sent him
on January 21st relative to a salary revision for Government
That letter reminded the Minister of his letter of November 28th
1975 in which he had promised to deal with the matter of salaries
revision "as soon as posesble", and Mr Hosten was told that, not
haring heard anything further from him, Government employees were
becoming "restive". Mr Hosten was asked to reply by February 5th,
failing which, the CSA, GUT and TAWU would be forced to consider
what further action should be taken.
According to the Release issued yesterday, Mr Hosten has not replied.
The Release says further that Government employees are experiencing
difficulties as a result of the increased cost-of-living brought
about by the /b tax on consumer guods imposed by the Grenada
Government in its 1976 Budget, and that the General Meeting on
Saturday will make decisions "likely to result in some sort of
In a related development, yesterday morning (11th), employees of the
Central Water Commission, represented by TAWU; went on a sit-down
protest against Government's failure to pay them salaries and wages
due for January. A spokesman for the Union emphasised that the
employees are not on strike but will continue their sit-down protest
until they have been paid.
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CIVIL SERVANTS DFEAND SALARIES
In a letter dated February 4th, the Civil Service Association (CSA)
has protested to the Minister of Finance, Mr George Hosten, over th6
non-payment of Salaries to Civil Servants for the month of January.
The CSA letter referred to the fact that, for the month of April
1975, payments of salaries to Public Servants were not made on time
and were not completed until during the week comlaecing Bay 12th 1975.
The CSA letter also said that, in a letter dated Ulay 9th 1975, sent
to the Minister by the CSA, the Grenada Union of Teachers (GUT) and
the Technical & Allied Workers Union (TAWU), it was made clear that
Public Officers must be paid on or before the last day of the month.
It was also made clear that all Public Officers throughout the Nation
must be paid on the same day and that, if Government failed to
observe these conditions, it "wvuld result in the Unions taking
whatever action is deemed necessary."
Referring to Government's failure to pay salaries for January, the
CSA letter said, "the Civil Service Association is aware of a
recurrence of last year's failure to pay on time .....", and CSA is
left with "no choice but to ask you to be good enough to have all
salaries paid to Public Servants by the 10th inst." "Pallure
to comply", concluded the letter, "will leave no alternative but to
take whatever course of action may be deemed necessary by the Civil
A source close to CSA disclosed today (12th) that, with the exception
of Public Servants employed on Grenada's island ward of Carriacou,
all Public Servants had been paid by Friday 6th, and Government had
given assurances that Government employees in Carriacou would be paid
by Mondayy 9th.
A phone call to a reliable source in Carriacou revealed today that
some Public Servants were paid on Monday 9th, btit it could not be
ascertained whether all Government employees have now received their
salary for January.
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CONSUU.ERS A8iOCIATIQN GEARING PVR .ACTIUN.
Mr Daniel C Williams, Chairman of the committee appointed by the
Consumers Association to protest the new rates charged by the
Grenada Telephone Company, said in St.Georges today (12th), that a
General Meeting of the Association had been 'called for Sunday 15th
February to discuss the situation which has developed between the
Association and the Companyr
Mr Williams said that, following the appointment of his committee on
December 7th, a letter dated December 8th was sent to the Company
requesting a breakdown of the Company's revenue and expenditure for
the year 1975, and asking that implementation of the rates be
deferred until subscribers had had an opportunity to be convinced
that these rates were justified.
Following this, an exchange of correspondence between the Consumers
Association and the Telephone Company had resulted in the Asasooiatior
being refused a request for a meeting with the Manager of the
Company. The Association has also been referred to Government
and has been told that the Company will not enter into any further
correspondence on the matter with the Consumers Association.
Mr Williams said that the conduct of the Telephone Company has shown
"bad faith", particularly as, after negotiations had begun with the
Company, the undertaking was given by the Manager, Mr Ivor O'Brien,
that, concerning those subscribers who, in protest, had not paid the
new rates, and who had been out off, the Company would give
consideration to reconnecting them until an agreement had been
reached. "But", said Mr Williams, "the reconneotions have not
been made and the Company is not giving even the usual grace period
However, in a Release issued yesterday (11th) the Telephone Company
accuses the Consumers Association of making "false and misleading
allegations", and the Company denies that it ever entered into
"negotiatAons" with the Association. Further, the Company
categoricallyy denies that it agreed to reconsider reconnecting any
disconnected telephones." Telephone Accounts are payable in full
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by the 20th of the month, says the Release, and "telephones that have
been disconnected gor non-payment will remain disconnected until sach
time as the accounts have been paid in full."
Referring to the financial position of the Telephone Company, Mr Williams
said he has been told by a Director of the Board of Management of the
Company that the Government of Grenada owes the Telephone Company nearly
half a million dollars (EC) in telephone rents, which rents the Company
has tried unsuccessfully to collect. "The Telephone Company is
quick to cut off citizens who have withheld payment in protest against
rates which have still to be jestified", said Mr Williams, "but the
real problem seems to be that they have failed to collect what is due
to them from Government."
Mr Williams disclosed that to date (12th), the Consumers Association
has collected over 800 signatures of private telephone subscribers
who, if requested, will withhold telephone rents in order to bring
pressure on the Company. This figure represents some 36% of the
2,198 private telephone lines serving 2,630 phones, some subscribers
having more than one phone on the line they pay for.
Up to now, business telephone subscribers, hose rates were not
increased last December let when rates for private phones were
raised, have not been drawn into the controversy. The Telephone
Company has 719 business lines serving 2,205 telephones.
CHAMBER: "CULOUIAL MENTALITY STILL EXISTS".
Mr Lyden Ramdhanny, President of the Grenada Chamber of Commerce,
presented a Paper on "The Movement of Skilled Labour Within the
Caribbean" to the 44th Directors Meeting of the Caribbean Association
of Industry & Commerce held in Trinidad on February 6th and 7th.
This paper which represents the views of the Grenada Chamber,
highlighted the problems of the Less Developed Countries of CARICUM
with reference to the movement of skilled labour. "It is time that
the free exchange of technocrats be accepted by CARICOM countries to
ensure uniform development in the region", the Paper says. "It is
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important, however," it continues, "that when killed labour is
required by a country, the 'donating' country should be consulted
and advised before any action be taken. This will prevent any
possible exodus from a territory in which, because of existing
social, political or other problems, there ib the tendency to
seek jobs conveniently outside of that territory."
The Paper says that it does not intend to advocate that "legislation
be passed to curtail complete movement of labour from any territory",
but it is urged that, in consultation with the private sector and
with "serious consideration being given to the development of the
region", a definite policy must be set out.
The Chamber's Paper expressed the view that work permits, especially
to CARICOM citizens, should be granted as freely as possible, but
said it had "noted that some territories in granting work permits
are allowing political intrigue to be associated with the granting of
same, ensuring political patronage from 'imported' skilled labour."
In connection with non-CARICOM personnel, the Paper says it has been
observed that, despite laid down policies which enable CARICuM
personnel to obtain work permits in preference to outsiders, it is
possible for such outsiders to be granted a work permit in shorter
waiting period and sometimes in preference to their CAIICUM
counterparts. It observed, "It is possible that Governments of
the region prefer non-CARICOM personnel because, to some extent, the
Colonial mentality exists, or perhaps it is hoped that such persons
would give more political patronage to the authorities".
In its Paper, the Grenada Chamber says, "Freedom of Movement of
skilled labour in the Caribbean is important for the survival of
CARICOM", and it concludes, "We of Grenada, one of the LDC, look
forward to the day when we will be meaningfully discussing freedom
of movement of our main resource and that of the other IDCs, namely,
manpower, for it is only with complete freedom of movement of
persons, skilled or otherwise, that CARICUM can achieve its ultimate
goals.0" (431 words)
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KEROSENE "PEDDLING" STOP CREATES 1HARShl?
A spokesman for the Easo Company confirmed today that this distributor of
fuel had raised the minimum quantity which would be delivered from 100
gallons to 500 gallons. The spokesman said it was not economical- for
the Company to continue to "peddle" kerosene, and the raising of the
minimum for delivery was a move to save costs.
Of the other two fuel distributing Companies in Grenada, Shell does not
handle Xerosene and Texaco stopped the "peddling" operation a year or two
ago. The result of Esseo's action now is that there are fewer retail
outlets and this is creating some hardship, particularly in rural areas.
When the controlled price of gasolene was increased in two steps last
month, kerosene prices were also increased. The wholesale price was
moved first from E0$1.39 per imperial gallon to 0C$1.54 and then to EC$1.65
The retail price moved from EC01.49 to EC$1.68 and is now at EC51.79. '
For the month of January 1976, 3,236 passengers arrived at Grenada by
Leeward Islands Air Transport Services Ltd (LIAT), and for the same period,
4,083 passengers were taken out of the State. Cargo handling amounted
to 35,921.4 kilos landed and 6,251.8 kilos lifted. 'here were 2,618.4
kilos of mail brought in and 1,177.9 kilos taken out.
( 54 words)
Over the period 11th to 12th February, the S 8 "Geesttide" loaded 26,989
boxes of bananas weighing 793,094 ibs and valued at E0G63,447.00. There
were 293 boxes of fruit' rejected.
CRUISE LINER CALLS
It has not been possible to get statistics covering passengers arriving
by cruise liners since the week ending January 24th. In spite of efforts
to get these figures from the Tourist Board and Immigration Department,
they have not been available. NEdbLETTER has been promised these
statistics "in due course", and, for the time being, can list only the
names of the ships and their dates of call.
Week Ending January 31st Week Ending Pebruary 7th.
January 25th Stella Oceanis February 3rd Cunard Adventurer
27th Cunard Adventurer 4th Istra
28th Amerikanis 6th Italia 'n
29th Britani Sun Viking \V
31st Statendam -0oo-o-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-
2th February 1976