The Grenada newsletter


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The Grenada newsletter
Physical Description:
v. : ill. ; 36 cm.
A. & C. Hughes
Place of Publication:
St. George's, Grenada, West Indies
Publication Date:
twenty no. a year
completely irregular


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Dates or Sequential Designation:
Began in 1973.
General Note:
Description based on surrogate of: Vol. 11, no. 1 (Jan. 22, 1983); title from caption.

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Alister Hughes 5th 2l.erch 3976
P 0 Box 65
For The Week Ending March 6th 1976

Sources close to the Civil Service disclosed yesterday (4th) that the

Negotiating Team appointed by the Civil Service Association (OSA),
the Technical & Allied Workers Union (TAWU) and the Grenada Union of
Teachers (GUT) will meet today (5th) to discuss strategy in the

current discussions with Government.

These discussions centre on a revision of salaries for all Government
employees, and already there have been two meetings between the Unions

Negotiating Team and a Government team headed by ilr George bosten,

Minister of Finance.

Neither the Unions nor Government have published the results of the
negotiations so far, but a reliable source revealed that the Unions
have demanded that increases in salaries be effective from January let

1974. According to this source, the demand for these increases haE
been divided into three sections. In the lowest paid categories,
the Unions want an increase of 65% on present salaries. In the

middle income bracket, the increase asked is 50b, and in the upper
income bracket, 40Wo is the demand.

Government has counter offered with an increase spread over three

years commencing on January lst 1975. For the lowest paid
categories, 12~% has been offered for the first year, 12ij in the
second and 15% in the third. In the middle income group, the

offer is 10/1/, 10%, and 15%, while the upper income bracket earners
have been offered 71%, 7j% and 10%.

This offer made by Government has been completely rejected by the

Unions and it is understood that Cabinet is to give further
consideration to the matter at a meeting today (5th). No date
has been fixed for a resumption of the negotiations, but a source

close to the Negotiating Team said it is expected that talks will be
resumed next week.
(287 words)

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In an exclusive interview with NEWSLETTER, Mr Albert Xavier, editor

of the Grenada "TorchlIght" newspaper, said yesterday (4th) he had
had a very "unsatisfactory" interview with Mr J Usen, the Commissioner
of Police.

According to Mr Xavier, he had received a report that a Corporal of

the Royal Grenada Police Force, after having charged a member of

Prime Minister Gairy's ruling Grenada United Labour Party with a
traffic offence, had been stripped of his rank and was to be "exiled"
to Grenada's island ward of Carriacou.

Mr Xavier said Commissioner Usen disclamed any knowledge of the affair
but acceded to Mr Xavier's request the Superintendent of Police Osbert
James be brought into the interview. "My information is that

it was Mr James who telephoned the Corporal at his station and told
him of his demotion and transfer", said Mr Xavier, "and I wanted to

put the question directly to him."

Mr Xavier said, however, that Mr James had no comment to make. "All
he would say is 'I am not saying anything about this'," said iMr Xavier.
Mr Xavier said Commissioner Usen pointed out to Superintendent James

that he was not required to say anything about the affair but merely
to confirm or deny that the Corporal had been stripped of his rank.
"In spite of this statement by his superior officer, Superintendent

James refused to give any information," said Mr Xavier, "and I consider

this attitude from a Police officer very unsatisfactory and suspicious."
(235 words)


In an interview with NEWSLETTER this week, Mr Danny Williams, Chairman
of the Committee appointed by the Grenada Consumers Association to deal
with the matter of increased telephone rents introduced by the Se~apda
'.a.lphgne Company last December 1st, disclosed that he had been given
an opportunity to hold discussions with the Board of Management of the
Telephone Company.

following an exchange of correspondence between Mr Williams' Committee

tnd the Telephone Company, the Company refused the Consumers Association's

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request for a meeting, referred tih Aasct aI~A n to governmentt and

said it would not entertain any further correspondence on the matter

of the increased rates.

Mr Williams told NEWSLITTER, however, that he learned last week that
two high-ranking representatives of Messrs Continental Telephone

Company (joint owners with the Government of Grenada of the Grfnada

Telephone Company) were in Grenada for a Board meeting of the Company,

and Mr Williams asked Mr Ovid Gill, Chairman of the Board, to permit

him to hold discussions with these two Continental representatives

and the other members of the Board.

According to Mr Williams, Mr Gill agree to this and, together with

another member of his Committee, Mr Phinsley St.Louis, Mr Williams

was permitted to hold what he called "informative and encouraging"

talks with the Board of Management.

The two visiting representatives of Continental Telephone Company
were iLr Don Hill and tMr Michael Lvelyn, General Manager and Assistant

General Manager respectively of the Barbados Telephone Company.

Coming out of these discussions, Mr Williams said he had been

given figures showing the liabilities of the Telephone Company,
and these figures indicate that the economic position of the

Company is unfavorablele. These figures will be disclosed

to a General Meeting of the Consumers association to be held on

March 7th.

"The matter of the increased phone rents has not been settled",

said Mr Williams, "but we feel that the Telephone Company is

now showing more cooperation with the Consumers Association."
(321. words)

On Monday and Tuesday of this week (1st and 2nd), Grenada celebrated

the annual fete of Carnival, and observers state that standards of
costumes and calypsos were of a higher standard than the last two

or three years.

Eighteen-year-old Miss Lydia Penny, competing as "Miss Cheesebrough-

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Ponds", in a costume entitled "DougonvilLea Pantasy", fon hic title

of Carnival Queen 1976, while the Calypso King Crown went to "The

Flying Turkey", Royal Bank Clerk, Ar Cecil Belfon. The Band of

the Year trophy went to Ar Robert Patterson's "Sunburst", and the

Queen of the Bands was Miss Sally Ann Philip in a costume called "The

Sun In All Its Glory" from the band, "Somewhere in Space".

The Carnival Queen's main prize is a trip for two to Disney World in

Orlando, Florida, U.S.A. As Calypso Ring, "'he Plying Turkey"

will receive EC$500.00 and the Queen Of The Bands gets EC4300.00

'he Band of the Year prize is a handsome trophy and EC4900.00, and,

in an interview with NLWSLETTER, the leader of the band, Mr Robert
Patterson, said this sum in no way covered the cost of producing the

band. "But", he said, "Carnival is not for making money but is an

opportunity for creative, artistic expression."

'.r Patterson said considerable research had gone into the production

of "Sunburst" and the sections of the band had represented parts of

hae sun like the photoEphere and chromosphere. There had also been

n representation of a solar spectrum and the sun's nuclear furnace.
The nearly EC$10,000.00 cost of the band was shared by its 110 members.

(267 words)


Since the last issue of NhWSLETTER on February 27th, there has not been

a shipment of bananas; the last was by 8 8 "Geestatar" on February 25th.
The next shipment is expected to be made next week.



Statistics covering cruise liners and their passengers calling at

Grenada are not yet available from the authorities for the week
ending February 28th. It it hoped that this information can be

included in the next issue of NEWSLETTER.
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