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The Grenada newsletter
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v. : ill. ; 36 cm.
A. & C. Hughes
Place of Publication:
St. George's, Grenada, West Indies
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twenty no. a year
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Began in 1973.
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Description based on surrogate of: Vol. 11, no. 1 (Jan. 22, 1983); title from caption.

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Alister Hughes 18th March 1976
P 0 Box 53
For The Week Ending 20th March 1976

Early this week, a reliable source disclosed that the Attorney
General, Mr Desmond Christian, would be laying charges shortly
against a group of wealthy Americans resident in Grenada, one wanted

an indictment and the others for questioning by the US Federal Bureau
of Investigation (FBI) in connection with a charge of fraud.

These Americans, Eugene Zeek, Karl Korte and Nancy Mueller, have been
resident in Grenada for over two years and are associated with variou
business operations including a night-club, drive-in cinema and a

charter-yacht service.

Zeek, who has assumed the name of "John Clancy" is wanted by the FBI
on a charge of fraud, while Korte, now carrying the name of "Prank
Clancy, is wanted for questioning. It is not known to what extent
the FBI is interested in Nancy Mueller (now "Nancy Clancy") and there
are not many facts about a fourth associate of the group, Chtck Muell

Frank Clancy, however, was definitely married to Prime Minister Gairy
personal Secretary, Evelyn Veronica (nee Horeford) on 13th October
1974 in the Roman Catholic Cathedral in St.Georges by Father Patrick
Flannelly. Clancy's occupation on the Marriage Register is given
as "fisherman", his age as 43, and his father's name as "Joseph Clanoc

Late in February, Frank Clancy fell ill with what was described as
"a nervous breakdown" and, with a doctor in attendance, was flown to
Barbados for treatment.

Last week, it was learned from a reliable source that the Attorney
General had advised the Grenada Cabinet that these Americans should
be investigated with a view to having them deported. The source
said further that Cabinet refused to act unless it received a
certified document from the FBI stating these Americans had been
"convicted" of fraud.

It was learned from other quarters, however, that, in spite of this
Mr Christian had decided to proceed against these visitors to the

island, but in an interview with him and his assistant, Mr Lyale

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St.Paul yesterday (17th), both men declined to comment. Commissioner

of Police, James Usen, was also interviewed yesterday and he, too, had

no comment to make as to whether these Americans were being investigated
or whether any action was being taken against them.

This morning (18th), a check at the Grenville Magistrate's Office
disclosed that charges have been laid against lugene Zeek, Karl Korte

and Nancy Mueller. These charges are that they "on Sunday June 23rd
1974, at Pearls Airport in the Parish of St.Andrews, Grenada, did issue
a forged document, to wit, an immigration card, knowing it to be forged

and with intent to defraud, contrary to section 313 of the Criminal Code."

These charges were laid by Acting Inspector No 79 J Stanley on behalf

of Commissioner of Police, James Usen, and witnesses cited to give
evidence are Corporal 158 Oliverre and Police Constable 56 Antoine.
Contacted on the phone today, however, Commissioner Usen said he did
not know of the charges. He pointed out that all Police cases are

laid in his name and, in due course, he is advised.

The Attorney General, Mr Desmond Christian, could not be contacted

for comment.
(514 words)

Following a meeting of the Grenada Cabinet on Tuesday (16th) of this
week, the Minister of Finance, Mr George Hasten, advised the Negotiating
Team of the Civil Service Association (CSA), the technical & Allied
Workers Union (TAWU) and the Grenada Union of Teachers (GUT) that,

with reference to the current discussions concerning a revision of
salaries for all Government Employees, Cabinet had decided to offer a
106 interim increase to all categories of worker represented by the Unions.

This Government offer is in reply to a proposal made by the Unions'

Negotiating Team at a meeting with Mr Hosten on Friday March 12th.

Agreeing to a Government suggestion that the whole matter of a salaries
revision be submitted to a Salaries Commission, the Unions stipulated that
Government should agree to interim increases of 35A, 300/ and 25%, being
respectively for workers in the lowest income bracket, the middle income

bracket and top income earners, these increases to take effect January 1st

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'he Unions stipulated also that any back-pay resulting from these

interim increases should be income-tax free, and the Unions also

wanted an undertaking that the Salaries Commission will be appointed
immediately and that its Report be implemented in January 1977.

Aa far as the composition of the Salaries Commission is concerned,
the Unions want somebody from tje CARICuM secretariat or the Caribbes

Development Bank to head it, and there should be two other members,
one appointed by Government and the other by the Unions.

At last Friday's (12th) meeting, the Unions' Negotiating Team made it

clear to Mr Hosten that these were the last proposals they were
prepared to make, and, if Government did not agree to them, the
Unions would feel free to take whatever action they deem necbaofoy.

However, following Government's latest offer of 10%o interim increase

for all categories of Government worker, the Unions have submitted ye

another counter offer. It has been proposed to Government that a

25%Y interim increase be paid to all oatagories of worker, and the
Unions' Negotiating Team has told Mr Hosten it will require confirmat.
of Government's acceptance of this proposal no later than Friday 19th


A joint General Meeting of the CSA, GUT and TAWU has been called for
Saturday March 20th to decide on further industrial action.
(381 word&)

The Seamen & Waterfront Workers Union (SWWU) is holding an Executive

Meeting today (18th) to decide what action should be taken in
connection with the deadlocked negotiations with Messrs Geest Industr:
Ltd relative to an Agreement *,-.' the loading of bananas on to
the Comoany's ships.

Union sources disclose that, when the last Agreement was signed
between Geest and SWWU, there was an understanding that, when that
Agreement expired, there would be a change from hourly wage rates to
a rate per pallet of fruit loaded. 'he last Agreement has now

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expired, but, in spite of three meetings hcld between the Company and

SWWU on February 19th, 26th and 27th, no agreement has been reached.

The Union's original proposal was that the rate should be EC415.00

per pallet and SWU insisted that Geest guarantee the supply of proper

working equipment. The point was made that several fork-lift

trucks on the St.Georges docks are in poor condition and, when other

ships are in port, the banana boat usually is given the worst equipment

to work with.

The Union also wanted Geest to agree to the payment of compensation

when banana trucks are late and there is an inadequate flow of bananas

to keep the workers fully employed. Compensation was asked also

for loss of working time due to poor weather and to breakdowns.

This compensation, the Union felt, should be on the basis of a

percentage increase on the basic rate per pallet.

Geest's counter proposal was a rate of EC$1l.50 per pallet which,

based on experience over the past year, the Company thought was high

enough to cover compensation for any loss resulting from late arrival

of trucks., bad weather and breakdowns. 'his rate would also include


The Company felt, however, it was willing to give consideration to

compensation for lost time, not as a percentage increase on the basic

rate per pallet, but on an hourly rate. In this connection,

Geest offered EC#3.60 per hour for Fork-Lift Drivers and EC$2;.35 per

hour for Truck-men and Gangway-men. As far as overtime was

concerned, the Company would consider a rate of time and a half

for the amount of bananas handled after 11.00 pm.

Geest advised SWWU that Government had been requested to give an

assurance that at least 50% of the new equipment which had been

received on the docks would be allocated to the Company during

banana loading operations.

The Union stated, however, it was not prepared to accept an Agreement

for wages on a "per pallet" basis unless the Company could guarantee

the quality of the working equipment to be used in loading operations.

Further, SWVU would not accept the rates offered for compensation for

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lost time as these were lower than rates now existing.

Negotiators for the Union stated they were willing to drop their

demand from EC$15.00 to EC$14.00 per pallet of not more than 72 boa
of fruit. SWWU proposed that compensation for lost time be paid

at the rate of 26 pallets per hour. Geest countered by increase

their offer from EC$11.50 per pallet to EC$12.00 per pallet, with a

proviso that a minimum of 20 pallets an hour be loaded and an

incentive of 25% be paid on the rate per pallet on fruit loaded in

excess of 20 pallets per hour.

At this point, the negotiations became deadlocked, and the Company

has suggested that the dispute be referred to the Labour Commission
for mediation. Neither Mr Lloyd Benjamin, Manager of Geest

Industries, nor Mr Eric Pierre, General-Secretary of SWI were

available for comment.
(592 words)

_Ir Curtis Stewart, President of the Technical & Allied Workers Unio

(TAWO) said today (18th) he was concerned over Government's handling

of matters outstanding between TAWU and employees at the Central

.Water Commission (CWC).

Last December, these workers went on strike as a result of a wage
dispute, but a compromise was reached and the workers returned to

their jobs following agreement on certain conditions.

One of these conditions was that daily paid workers would lose five

days pay and monthly paid workers would lose seven days pay, both

losses representing a part of the period for which the workers were

on strike. It was further agreed between CWC and TAWU that their

would be a deduction from the back-pay payable to those workers who

did not go on strike, this deduction to be paid to the workers who

suffered an income loss because they took part in the strike.

Mr Stewart told NEWSLETTER that, although three months have passed

since the strike and successful negotiations, the new Agreement
which is to have effect from March 1st 1975 has not yet been signed

Further, the Minister of Labour, Mr Franklin Dolland, has intervene

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in the arrangements between CWC and TAWU and has said no deductions

are to be made from the backpay of those who did not take part in the


"Mr Dolland has abandoned his position of mediator' in the dispute

between CWC and my -Union", said Mr Stewart, "and he has now assumed

the role of chief negotiator for CWC." "Further", said Mr Stewart,

"Mr Dolland is reopening matters on which TAWU and CWC have already

reached agreement. In 1973, it took a demonstration andfyempathy

strike of all affiliated TAWU members to bring Government to its senses

in the dispute then ttth the workers ht W0C, and Mr Dolland should

remember that, with Government's Water Parade due to come off at

Easter, TAVW may pick the right time to have its own "parade" in

support of water workers."
(340 words)

St.Vincent will definitely go independent before the next General

Elections are due. This statement was made by Mr Milton Cato,

Premier of St.Vincent, in an exclusive interview with NEWSLETTER on

March 13th.

Mr Cato, who was present in Grenada to attend the 19th Meeting of the

Council of Ministers of the Associated States, renada and Montserrat,

made it clear that, in his move to independence, he wished to see

St.Vincent grouping herself with other Caribbean countries, but, if

this was not found to be possible, he would have to "lower his sights".

"I am a complete integrationist", said Premier Cato, "and my prime

goal would be a federation of the English-speaking Caribbean."

Conceding that such a federation "seems to be a bit of a dream now",

Mr Cato said, nevertheless, his target is the integration of the whole

Caribbean embracingg Guyana right up to'Jamaica."

"If that is not possible", continued the Premier, "then my sights

will have to be lowered to embrace the Leeward and Windward Islands,

and we are certainly trying to influence that." Failing that,

Mr Cato said he would lower his sights still further to those of the

Windward and Leeward Islanda who "would find it possible and practical
to j4in in an integrated movement."
(con r l -"e)

Alister Haghes

Asked whether St.Vincent would contemplate independence on her own
if she did not find other countries to join her, Premier Catq said,
"Well, we're not going to wait until we are kicked out of any
association we have at present. We wouldn't want to hold on to
somebody's coat strings longer than they want to have us holding on
to it."
(276 words)

For the weeks ending February 28th, March 6th and March 13th,
cruise liner calls at Grenada were as follows :-
Date. Ship. Passengers.
February 22nd Neptune 122
24th Cunard Adventurer 579 Week Ending
Jason 215 28.2.76
25th Amerikania ( 60l
26th Brittanis 932
March 1st Oceanic 894
2nd Cunard Adventurer 561
Jason 191
3rd Istra 155 Week Ending
Amerikanis ( 592 6.3.76
4th Maxin Gorki V 611
5th Italia 417 6S%
Sun Viking 724 S-
6th Queen Elizabeth 2nd 1513
March 7th Neptune 114
9th Cunard Adventurer 585
Jason 150
10th Amerikanis 632 Week Ending
11th Brittanls 1004 13.3.76
Delphi 611
12th Stella Oceanis 203 i0%
13th Statendam 809

During the month ending 29th February 1976, Leeward Islands Air
Transport Service (LIAT) brought 3,445 passengers into Grenada and
outward passenger traffic amounted to 3,641. During the same
month, LIAT landed 3,320.2 kilograms and lifted 5,507.4 kilograms
of freight. Fir February, mail handling amounted to 13,438.1
kilograms brought in and 6,140.5 kilograms taken out.
(54 words)
On March 11th and 12th, 8 8 "Geesttide" loaded 37,562 boxes of
bananas valued at ECB90,011.00 and weighing 1,125,138 ibs. There
were 99 boxes of rejected fruit. (2jo,

-e A er a
S8th 1976

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