Alister Hiughes 21st 'ebruary 1976
P 0 Box 65
THE GRENADA NEWSULTTER 0 \
For The Week Ending 21a4 February 1976.
COCOA PRODUCERS DEMAND MEETING.
In a letter handed, on February 16th, to Sir Dennis Henry, Chairman
of the Government appointed Cocoa Industry Board, a group of Cocoa
Producers "....demand that a meeting be held on Thursday 18th March
1976 at 9.00 am .....", and these Cocoa Producers state this demand
is made "in accordance with the provisions of the Cocoa Industry
Ordinance number 30 of 1964 and its subsequent amendments ....."
In their letter to Bir Dennis, these producers have set out the
Agenda they wish to discuss at the meeting they have demanded, and
this includes Reports and Balance Sheets of the Cocoa Industry Board
for 1973 and 1974. The Agenda also includes loans from Commercial
and Development Banks.
Prominent on the Agenda is a Motion pointing out that the Grenada
Cocoa Association "has been, in effect, under Government of Grenada
control from 1969", and that "Cocoa Growers have been denied
participation in the affairs of the Association from the date of
The Motion also states that "....net prices received by growers from
the Grenada Cocoa Industry Board have been the lowest received by
Cocoa Growers in the English Speaking Caribbean." Comparative
figures are given for Grenada, Trinidad and St.Lucia together with
Grenada's annual exports of cocoa from 1969 to 1974, and the Motion
claims that, on these figures, Grenada's Cocoa Growers lost EX6
million compared with Trinidad's Cocoa Growers and EC#7 million
compared with St.Lucia's Cocoa Growers.
"Whereas this General Meeting condemns, deplores and abhorsthe wantc
disregard and utter contempt of Cocoa Growers by the Government
nominated Board and the Government of Grenada", the Motion says, "anc
whereas Cocoa Producers have no confidence in any Board in which
the Elected Members are not in control, be it resolved that this
General Meeting calls upon Government to have the Cocoa Industry
Ordinance in operation whereby the Elected Mumbers must be in
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 21 2.76
This development came about as a result of a letter written by the
Phone Company to the Association, advising the Association that there
would be no purpose in holding a meeting with them. The Company
referred the Association to Government and said it would entertain
no more correspondence on the subject.
In an exclusive interview with NhWaLTTJR, rr Danny Williams, Chairman
of the Committee appointed by the Association to deal rwi'h the increased
phone rents, disclosed that the Association has the signatures of
more than 50% of the private phone subscribers in Grenada. Mr Williams
said these subscribers have undertaken to discontinue paying their
phone rents until the Company cooperates with the Association.
According to Mr Williams, the cooperation the Association wants is
that the Company should revert to the old phone rents immediately and
should supply the Association with a breakdown of revenue and expenditure
for the year 1975.
"some subscribers have already stopped paying rents", said Mr Williams,
.nd all subscribers are now being told to withhold payment to the
Company with immediate effect."
Efforts to reach Mr Ivor O'Brien, Manager of the Company, for comment,
were unsuccessful. The Grenada Telephone Company is a joint effort
of the Government of Grenada and Continental Telephones Ltd.
PHONE COMPANY CONSIDERS RETRENCHdiET.
A source close to the Grenada Telephone Compan. confirmed today (21st)
that talks have been held with the Technical & Allied Workers Union
(TAWU), the bargaining Body for workers at the Company, with a view
to retrenchment of workers.
The source said the contemplated retrenchment was as a result of the
unsatisfactory economic state of the Company, but, it. was stated,
nothing has yet been decided and there are to be further discussions
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 21.2.76
The letter to the Minister said, however, that the Executives of the
Unions wished to convey to the Minister that members of the Unions
"have only reluctantly decided this after much persuasion ......
because the membership is aware of, and therefore concerned with,
the subtle manner in which they have again been defied."
The letter said also, ".....the 'boiling' still continues and it is
therefore their great hope that Government will stand by its
undertaking and a speedy, justifiable and amicable agreement on
conditions be the outcome."
A ten-man teem has been appointed by TAWU,CbA and GUT for the
negotiations and these are Mr Curtis Stewart, President TAWU,
Mr Robert Robinson, President CSA, Mr Persival Loulson, President
GUT, Mr Raymond Noel, Project Manager Central Water Commission,
Mr Vernon Buzo, Assistant Secretary, Ministry of Finance,
Mr Christopher Williams, Principal of Waltham Junior Secondary School
Mr Sebastian Arnold, Principal of St.David's Roman Catholic School,
Mr Michael Regis, Accountant, Cable & Wireless (W I) Ltd, and
Mr E M A Welsh, Executive Secretary CSA. It has been announced
that an economist will accompany the team.
The negotiating team appointed to represent Government is Mr George
Hosten, Minister of Finance, Mr Franklin Dolland, Minister of Labour,
Hon. A 0 Forsythe, Minister of State in the Ministry of Communication
& Works, Mr Curtis Strachan, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of
Labour, Mr Lauriston Wilson Jr., Permanoat Secretary in the Ministry
of Finance, Mrs Elms Thorne, Chief Personnel Officer and a
representative from the Legal Department.
SUBSCRIBERS TO BOYCOTT PHONE COiPANY.
At a well attended meeting of the Grenada Consumers Association held
on February 15th, it was decided that, in the face of what the
Associations calls, "the hostile attitude of the Grenada Telephone
Company", private telephone subscribers will withhold payment of phone
rents until the Company is willing to resume negotiations with the
Association relative to increased phone rents introduced last
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 21.2.76
Sir Dennis Henry, Chairman of the Government pointed Cocoa Board, in
a telephone interview with the Grenada "Torchlight" newspaper, is
reported as saying he has "nothing to hide", and that he is willing
and ready at all times to give the fullest information possible
concerning the operations of the Board. Sir Dennis said that, as
one of the biggest producers in the Cocoa Industry, and a believer in
cooperatives, he looked forward to the day when the Industry will,
once more, be run by producers who are elected rather then nominated.
STRIKE ACTION AVERTED.
A joint General Meeting of the Civil Service Association (CSA), the
Grenada Union of Teachers (GUT) and the Technical & Allied Workers
Union (TAWU), held at the Civil Service Centre on Saturday February
15th, decided that the three Unions, each of which represents a
category of Government employee, whuld go on strike against the
Government of Grenada if Government failed "to commence and continue
negotiation" with the three Unions by Wednesday February 18th.
This action stems from an approach made last year to the Minister of
Finance, Mr George Hosten, for a salaries revision, and from the
Minister's promise in November last, to deal with this matter "as
soon as possible". In a letter dated January 21st, Mr Hoaten was
given until February 5th to respond, and, no reply having been received
from him, the three Unions scheduled the joint General Meeting for
February 14th to consider what action should be taken.
This General Meeting, which was attended by some 500 members of the
three Unions, decided by an overwhelming majority to take strike action
commencing Monday February 23rd if Government failed to meet the
deadline of February 18th for commencement of negotiations.
Early this week, however, CSA, TAWU and GUT received letters (dated
16th February) from the Minister of Pinance advising that a negotiating
team has been appointed and proposing that negotiations start on
Wednesday February 25th. In the light of this development, the
executives of the three Unions met in joint session and, in a letter
dated February 18th, advised the Minister of their acceptance of his
proposal and their decision to revoke the strike decision.
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 21.2.7u
CWC WORKERS PAID
The sit-down strike of Government workers at the Central Water
Commission ended on February 13th when these workers received
salaries and wages for January.
The strike was called on February 11th when the workers (who are
represented by the Technical & Allied Workers Union) took this
industrial action in protest against Government'- failure to pay
wages and salaries for January. It is reported that over 150
workers were involved.
HIGR COM nISSIONER PRESENTS CREDENTIALS.
On Thursday February 5th, Dr Barakat Ahmad, Indian High Commissioner,
presented his credentials to Governor General Sir Leo deGale.
Dr Abmad is also accredited to Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago.
CRUISE LINER CALLS.
Cruise liner calls at Grenada for the weeks ending January 31st,
February 7th and February 14th were as follows :-
Date Ship Passengers
January 25th Stella Oceania 162
27th Cunard Adventurer 469 Week Ending
28th Amerikanis 568 Jnuary 31 st
29th Brittanis, 1051
Delphi 579 3161
31 st Statendam 807
February 3rd Cunard Adventurer 571
Jason 222 Week Ending
4th Istra 390 Feea 7th
Amerikani 4 February 7th
6th Italia 390 ,A
Sun Viking 730 (
February 8th Neptune 109
10th Cunard Adventurer 553
Jason 120 Week Ending
llth Amerikani 579 Week Eruar ning
12th Brittanis 871 February 14t
14th Doric 667 3
On February 18th, the 8 8 "Geestland" loaded 14,260 boxes of bae
weighing 429,043 lbs and valued at EC$34,323.00 Thirty box4
fruit were rejected.
21st February 1976