Alister Kughea 26tb March 1976
P U Box 65
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GRhNADA T1 RUN liT ATINuAL LWTThWY
At their sittings on March 24th, the House of Repreagptetives ad"'the
Senate took through all its stages and passed' the "Gambling, Lotterlei
and Betting (Amendment) Act 1976.
This Act permits the Minister of Finance to "grant to a Company
registered in Grenada a licence, upon such terms and conditions as th<
Minister shall think fit, to 'promote and conduct a lottery." The
Act waives stamp duty on any tickets sold or issued, and provides
that income or receipts of the Company to whom the licence is granted
"shall be entirely exempt from income tax".
In piloting the Act, the Minister of Finance, Mr George Hosten, said
it was a simple amendment to the Gambling, Lotteries & Betting
Ordinance, No. 10 of 1966, but, speaking on the Act, the Leader of
the Opposition, :.r Herbert Blaise, said he was at a loss to see why
it had been thought necessary to give the Minister such wide powers
and why Grenada should not benefit from the stamp duty and income
tax arising from the operation of any lottery.
Reliable sources disclose that, for some time, negotiations have been
prIceeding between the Government of brenada and certain financiers
for the operation of an international lottery based in Grenada.
Full details of the operation of the lottery are not known, but it
is understood that one of the conditions is that no tickets are to be
sold in Grenada.
Other reported conditions are that the Government of Grenada will
receive an immediate initial payment of US$250 thousand, and that
US$50 thousand will be paid to an undisclosed "entity", Work
permits are guaranteed to those operating the lottery from Grenada,
and the operators of the lottery will be permitted the free movement
of foreign currency in and out of the State.
It is understood that this lottery will be what is being called, "a
rich man's run". Thbtets will cost US5500 each, drawings will
take place every quarter and a first prize of US$1 million will be
guaranteed. (332 words)
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BAnlS To DEPOSIT 5y
This week, the House of Representatives and the Senate, at Meetings on
Wednesday 24th, took through all its stages and passed the "Banking
"Special Deposits) Act 1976."
According to the provisions of this Act, "every bank shall maintain
a deposit with the Accountant General of an amount equivalent to 5>
of the amount of its total deposit liabilities." "Deposit liabilities"
are defined by the Act as being "liabilities in respect of all savings
accounts and includes fixed deposits and current accounts." Informed
banking circles estimated the total deposit liabilities of the banks
in Grenada to be approximately EC$66 million.
This Act also provides that "where any monies have remained dormant
and unclaimed in the possession or under the control of a bank for a
period of six years or more, the bank shall immediately transfer such
monies to the Accountant General ....." Provisions are mane for
claims to be made for such sums of money up to 10 years after they
have been passed to the Accountant General, after which they become
part of the revenues of Grenada.
Banking circles today (27th) expressed concern over this Act but said
it was not an innovation. In some other countries, it was confirmed,
banks are required to pay a percentage of "deposit liabilities" into
a Central Bank. It was pointed out, however, that Grenada has no
Central Bank and this creates a difference. These banking circles
said also this Act affects the liquidity of the banks, and was likely
to be reflected in lower interest rates on savings accounts and fixed'
GAVERNMiET EiPLUYiS MAKE NEW UoPRujdIS DLAAID.
An angry meeting of some 400 Government employees heard a Report last
Saturday (20th) from the team they had appointed to negotiate a
salaries increase with the Government of Grenada.
The occasion was a joint General Meeting of the Technical & Allied
Workers Union (TAWU), the Civil Service Association (CSA), and the
Grenada Union of Teachers (GUT), all recognized bargaining bodies
for vartcus categories of Government employee. Having been given
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full details of negotiations which had been conducted with Mr George
Hosten, Minister of Finance, the meeting was told of the position as
it stood then.
This position was that the Negotiating Team had agreed to Government
suggestion that the matter of a salaries revision be put in the hand
of a Salaries Commission, but Government had been told that this,
agreement was conditional upon Government paying an interim salary
increase of 25% to all Government employees with effect from January
The meeting was told that Government had countered with an offer of
10% which both the Negotiating Team and the meeting branded as
"ridiculous", and the meeting stated emphatically that nothing less
than 251 was acceptable.
After discussion, it was decided that, in protest, all Government
employees would stage two-day sickouts alternated with one day at
work, this plan of two days off and one day on to be continued until
Government was willing to comply with the Unions' demand. In
deference to a group of 38 student teachers scheduled to take final
examinations this week, it was decided to defer implementation of
this plan until monday March 29th.
It has been learned, however, that Government has offered to make an
interim salary increase of 15% to the lowest salary group, 124j to
the middle income group and 10% to top income earners. It has
been learned also that the Unions' Negotiating Team has advised the
Minister of Finance that the Uniona. will be willing to accept an
interim salary increase of 15% for the middle and top income brackets
Pnd 25% for the lowest income bracket.
Up to the time of going to press, these figures could not be
confirmed. Nor could it be confirmed wflether any final agreement
had been reached or whether the planned sickout would be put into
effect on Monday 29th.
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"CLANCY" 0C.,1 THIS WiLK
The case brought by the Attorney General, ir Desmond Thristian, against
Eugene Zeek alias John Clancy, Kar.l Korte alias Frank Clancy and Nancy
Mueller alias Nancy Clancy, all on charges of issuing forged documents,
is scheduled to be heard in the Magistrate's Court, Grenville, on
Friday of this week (26th).
These three persons are alleged to be wanted by the United States
Federal Bureau of Investigation for questioning and on a charge of
fraud, and reliable sources have stated that the Urrenada Cabinet has
refused to act on a recommendation from the Attorney General that their
affairs be investigated with a view to deporting them.
In the House of Representatives on Wednesday (24th), replying to a
suggestion by the Leader of the Opposition, ir Herbert Blaize, that
the Government clarify its stand and indicate that it is not providing
a haven for wanted men, Prime Minister Geiry said his Government is
known to be "fair, straightforward and strong", and it would not allow
any pressure groups to interfere.
"We do not play with reporters and malcontents who want to create
scandal because of what they have read in the newspapers", he said.
"We will not allow ourselves to be dictated to by any reporter or
Government", he continued. "In the old days, Grenada's affairs
were in the hands of the British Government, today, they are in the
hands of the elected representatives of the people. If the High
Courts in the USA issued an Extradition Order, then the Government
of Grenada will bow to its international obligations."
TAWU/CWC AGRELEENT STILL UNSIGNED.
Sources close to the Technical & Allied Workers Union (TAWU) said
today (26th) that the new wages Agreement between TAWU and the Central
Water Commission (CWC) was still unsigned.
Last week, Mr Curtis Stewart, President of TAWU, said he was concerned
ever the fact that Mr Dennis Dolland, Minister of Labour, had "abandoned
'is position as mediator between CWC and TAWU and has assaamed the role
,*f chief negotiator for CWC". Mr Stewart said Ir Dolland had reopened
:I.t,.irs t.i.. u had already been agreed between TAWU and CWC.
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Neither Mr Stewart nor Mr Dolland were available for comment, but a
source close to TAWU said Jr Stewart was still expressing
dissatisfaction with the situation.
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The deadlocked negotiations between the Seamen & Waterfront Workers
Union (SWWU) and Messrs Geest Industries Ltd over a new wage
Agreement entered a new phase yesterday (25th) as both parties met
with the Labour Commissioner, Mr Robert Robinson, for discussions.
The main difficulty being experienced is in findit.g agreement on a
wage "per pallet" for the loading of bananas on Geest ships. Until
now, wages have been paid on an hourly basis, but, when the last
Agreement was signed, it was mutually agreed that, when that
Agreement expired (as it has), payment would be arranged on the basic
of "per pallet".
SWWU's final demand before talks broke down was EC$14.00 per pallet,
while Geest's counter offer was EC012.00 per pallet. The outcome
of the discussions yesterday before the Labour Commissioner is not
TuC HoLD BI-ANIUAL Cuj VENTIUN.
In an excusaive interview with NLEWSLTTER today (26th), Mr Usbert
Benjamin, President of the Grenada Trade Union Council (TUC),
confirmed that TUC will hold its 22nd Bi-Annual Convention on
Sunday March 28th. Mr Benjamin, who is now completing his second
term of office as President, said that included on the Agenda for
this meeting is the annual election of officers.
Commenting on the last year of operation of TUC, Ar Benjamin said,
"One of the achievements we can record is that the unity of the Trad
Union Movement has been strengthened". According to the TUG
President, there has been, in the past, "inter-union bickerings and
rivalries", but in his opinion this has been almost completely
Mr Benjamin, who belongs to the Civil Service Association, said that
dt ing ':he last i' a:?, tha number of .ffi.li.ates to TUC had rise to
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seven with the addition of two Unions. OnJa, the Commercial &
Industrial Workers Union (CIWU), had been a TUC Affiliatee many years
ago but their membership had lapsed. CIWU had now rejoined, and
the other Union becoming an Affiliate was the Taxi Owners & Drivers
Other members of the present management of TUC are Mr Wilfred Hayes
(Technical & Allied Workers Union (TAWU)), 1st Vice-President,
Mr Reginald Dowe (TAWU) 2nd Vice-President, Mr Curtis Stewart (TAWU)
Secretary/Treasurer and Mr Roy Rathan (Grenada Union of Teachers (GUT)),
Assistant-Secretary. Mr Rathan is at present away from Grenada on
study-leave and Mr Abel Newton (GUT) is acting for him.
On March 18th, the S S "Geestland" loaded 13,526 boxes of bananas
weighing 407,077 lbs and valued at 0EC32,566.00. Forty-six boxes
of fruit were rejected.
CRUISh LINER CALLS
During the week ending March 20th, four cruise liners called at Grenada.
These were the "Makhail Lermontor" on 14th with 402 passengers, the
"Jason" and "Cunard Adventurer" on 16th with 231 and 602 passengers
respectively, and the "Amerikanis" on 17th with 633 passengers.
LATE NEWS L'' In the Grenville Magistrate's Court today (26th),
Prosecuting sargeant of Police Joseph requested Magistrate Ernest John
for a postponement of asses filed against Eugene zeek, Karl Korte and
Nancy Meuller as "the file is incomplete". Sgt Joseph said Mr Emmon
DePreitas, lawyer for the three defendants, also wanted a postponement
as he "had a flat tyre" and "'-ild not get to Grenville today. Maiastrate
John postponed the cases until Friday April 30th. The defendants did
not appear in Court but Magistrate John said the records showed "they
had been properly served." 11 5 -