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27th. february 1376 <4
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER \0
For The Week Ending February 28th 1976
%gVERNMENT BEGINS NEGOTIATIONS WITH UNIONS.
On Wednesday of this week (25th), Mr George osaten, Minister of
Finance, heading a seven-man team, began negotiations with a ten-man
team representing the three unions recognized as the bargaining bodies
for the various categories of Government employee.
These unions are the Civil Service Association (CSA), the Grenada
Union of Teachers (GUT) and the Technical & Allied Workers Union
(TAWU), and the unions' negotiating team is headed by the Presidents
of the three unions, Mr Curtis Stewart (TAWU), Mr Robert Robinson
(CSA) and Mr Persival Loulson (GUT).
These negotiations stem from a request made last year by the unions
for a salaries revision, but details of the workers' demands have not
been made public. Discussions continued on Thursday (26th) and
sources close to the meeting said Mr Hosten is to take the unions'
proposals to the next meeting of Cabinet which is scheduled for
Friday March 5th.
These talks between Government and CSA, GUT and TAWU are overshadowed
by the fact that they were not undertaken until there was a strike
threat by the unions. Also, because Government was unable to pay
its employees on time at the end of January, there is a cloud of doubt
as to whether the Government's finances will permit it to entertain
any increase in its wage and salaries bill.
ADVERSE BALANCE IF VISIBLE TRAD.
According to a Report published this week in the Grenada "Torchlight"
newspaper, the island continues to suffer an annual deficit in its
visible balance of trade.
Quoting figures obtained from the Government's Statistical Office, the
Report showed that, in 1970, the deficit was EC$32.6 million with
imports at EC004.6 million and exports at EC$12.0 million. In the
following year, 1972, imports rose by approximately EC$1.5 million to
EC$46.0 million, while exports fell to EC$10.1 million, leaving
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 28.2.7C
The Press Conference was called to disclose eff.-;t belag made by UPP
to achieve unity of the three political parties which ara in opposition
to the ruling Grenada United Labour Party (GULP). 'hena pr+,i. are
the UPP, the GNP and the New Jewel Movement (NJM), but Mr Whyte said
he was still awaiting word from the NJM on the unit move.
"UPP is left of centre", said Ar Whyte, "but we do not hare the Marxist-
Socialist philosophy of the NJM". "We have achieved rapport with
some factions of NJM", he continued, "and what we are asking NJd to
do is to modify their ideology in the interest of achieving the unity
we are looking for."
Asked about the nature of his party, Mr Whyte said, "UPP does not
represent a reborn GNP bat rather is the angelic projection of what the
GULP was supposed to be."
Mr Whyte is a former member of Prime minister Gairy's Grenada United
Labour Party (GULP).
SUGAR FACTORY TU START GRINDING MArAH 8TH
Grenada's only sugar factory, the Woodlands Sugar Factory, will commence
grinding operations on Monday March 8th. This was disclosed this
week by a source close to the management of the factory, but the source
said it was not,anticipated that there is now enough cane under
cultivation to meet the minimum of 20,000 tons required by the factory.
Reliable estimnAte put the quantity of canes which will be available
at approximately 6,000 tons, and this compares with 3,800 tons in
1975 and 3,000 tons in 1974. The opinion has been expressed by
Government Cane Farming Officers and some farmers that, with sufficient
fertilizer and favourable weather, the target of 20,000 tons could be
reached next year.
Mr D M B Cromwell, Managing Director of the Grenada Sugar Factory Ltd,
owners of the Woodlands Factory, announced recently that a slight
increase in price will be paid to farmers for their canes this year.
Mr Cromwell did not reveal the amount of this increase which will be
added to the price of EC#25.00 per ton paid in 1975. The price in
.974 was EC020.00 per ton. (continued)
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 28.2.76
In the Cocoa Industry, the annual value 3 hirmenits in EO dollars
between 1970 and 1974 was 4.3, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5 and 5.4. Corresponding
weights in millions of pounds were 6.2, 5.7, 5.8, 6.0 and 5.3 .
PARLIMENTARIANS TO CROSS 'LouR '?
Two lady parliamentarians, members of the ruling Grenada United
Labour Party (GULP), may indicate this week whether they still
belong to and support the GULP.
There have been persistent rumours that these elected Members of the
House of Representatives, Mrs Waple Nedd and Mrs Nadia Benjamin, are
out of favour with Prime Minister Gairy, and political observers feel
that these rumours will be confirmed or denied depending on the
conduct of Mrs Nedd andioMrs Benjamin at the House of Representatives
Meeting scheduled for today (27th).
Both these ladies won their seats in the 1972 General Elections under
the GULP banner, but Mrs Nedd was unseated when the High Court of
Justice ruled that, according to Grenada's election laws, having been
employee as-an enumerator in the preparation of the list of electors
for the 1972 General Elections, she was debarred from being a
candidate in those Elections.
Having taken office, however, the GULP Government of Prime Minister
Gairy amended the election laws. Previousl.~8ihbiere of election
offices including that of enumeratorr" were not eligible' th be
candidates for election, but the GULP Government deleted enumeratorr"
from the specified list of election offices and Mrs Nedd won the
The House of Representatives Meeting scheduled for today (27th) is
likely to be presided over by the Deputy Speaker, Mr Hubert Alexis,
The Speaker, Mr R C P Moore is now a patient at the General Hospital.
UPP IS "ANGELIC PROJECTION" OF GULP
Speaking at a Press Conference this week, Mr Winston Whyte, Political
Leader of the United People's Party (UPP), said his Party had reached
a "working accomodation" with the Grena6a National Party (GNP) which
was akin to unity. (continued)
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 28.2.76
an increased deficit of E"$35.8 alilliio. .ere wFas little change
in the exports for 1972 which stood Pt I'C$10,5 million, but imports
dropped to EC$42.8 million, and the-'e was a consequent fall in the deficit
to EC$32.3 million.
For reasons which have been attributed to favourable world prices for
Grenada's export crops, there was a dramatic increase in export figures
over the next two years. In 1973, this figure stood at EC l4.5
million and increased to E0C19,3 in 1974. Import figures for these
two years were respectively EC$42.4 million and EC$38,1 million, and
the deficits were EC$27.9 million and EC018.8 million.
Complete figures for 1975 are not yet available but, for the first
nine months, Grenada imported goods valued at EC$36.1 million and
exports totalled EC$26.9 .
Figures published in tne Report show that, while the value of banana
exports is increasing, there is a steady decline in the annual weight
of shipments. In 1970, the value of the banana crop was E0C2.5
million. This fell to EC$1.7 million in 1971 and to E051.5 million
in 1972, but in 1973 and 1974, the figures rose to E0$1.9 million and
tC$3.2 million respectively.
The annual weightsof banana shipments between 1970 and 1974 in millions
of pounds were respectively 42.1, 31.1, 29.1, 22.7 and 18.6 .
The Nutmeg Industry continues to be the largest money earner in the
Agricultural sector of the economy, the value of shipments between
1970 and 1974 in millions of Eastern Caribbean dollars being 3.0, 3.2,
i.3, 5.1 and 6.0. These figures do not include the value of mace
exported, the corresponding figures.for which product are .6, .7, .9,
1.7 and 1.4 .
The weights (in millions of pounds) of nutmegs shipped corresponding
to the above values were 2.9, 3.8, 4.1, 3.1 and 2.3, while the
figures for mace were .4, .5, .9, .5 and .3 .
according to the Report, 3,256 lbs of Nutmeg Oil were shipped in 1975,
and this is said to be the first shipment of this commodity in five
THE GRENADA. NEWSLETTER Week Ending 28.2.-,:
Last November, Prime Minister Gairy met with Cane Parming Officers amn
representatives of the Grenada Sugar Factory Ltd to discuss plans for
reviving the Sugar Industry. At that time, Kr Gairy pledged
Government's full cooperation and agreed to make fertilizer available
It has been pointed out by the Management of the factory that efforts
to revive the Sugar Industry will fail unless Government introduces
measures to curtail illicit distillation and smuggling of rum. It
is felt also that there should be controls to prevent the importation
of cheaper rum which will compete with the local product.
For the first three weeks of February, Grenada recorded 5.87 inches
of rainfall, of which 5.07 inches were recorded in the week ending
This has been the wettest February the island has experienced in more
than a decade and temperatures have also been unusual. The lowest
temperature recorded so far this month was 68 degrees Farenheit (20
degrees Centegrade) and this is considerably lower than February
temperatures experienced for many years back.
CRUISE LINER CALLS
During the week ending February 2ist, the following cruise liners
called at Grenada :-
Date ShiA Passengers
February 15th Stella Oceania 235
17th Cunard Adventurer 594
18th Istra 253
Makhail Lermontov 588
Amerikanis W 608
20th Italia 430
Sun Viking 728 I'
21st Statendam 822 I
Over the two days of February 24th and 25th, the S 8 "Geeststar"
loaded 21,661 boxes of bananas weighing 648,664 lbs and valued at
ECR51,893.00. Fixty-six boxes of fruit were rejected.
LATE NEWS t. Parliamentarians Mrs Waple Nedd and Mrs Nadia Benjamit
took their seats and voted with the Government at today's (27th)
Meeting of the House of Representatives. (see story on page 3)
^/ j Alister Hughes