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For The Week riding October 23rd 1976
NJM PLAMS COMMVTION.
The New Jewel Movement (NJM) will hold some 40 polUtioal "eetings
during the next 15 days in preparation for the Convention which the
Party has planned to be held on Sunday November 7th.
This was disclosed today (2ist) by Mr Lloyd Noel, Legal Secretary of
NJM, in an exclusive interview with NEWSLLETTR. "The situation
in Grenada today is very similar to what existed In November 1973 when
NJM h3a the People's Congress", Mr Noel said, "and this is the
reason why the Convention has been planned".
Following the NJM "People's Congress" in 1973, the political
situation in Grenada deteriorated peVtiaLarly after an attack by
Police Aids on six members of NJU on November 38th 1973. This
resulted in a general strike and "shut-down" of the island and the
appointment of the Duffus Conmmiaion of Inquiry into police brutality
Asked whether it wee likely that the aftermath of the ConwentiDn on
November 7th would follow the same pattern as that which followed the
"People's Congress" in November 1973, Mr Noel said his Party hoped it
would not, "but, if it does, we will not be surprised."
Concerning the Convention, Mr Noel said it would be based on certain
"platform theme and issues". These, he said, would include what
he called "the people's struggle for democracy based on elections,
the question of an alliance between NJM, the Grenada National Party
and the United People's Party for the purpose of fighting elections,
the presentation of NJM candidates for the General Electiona which,
constitutionally, must be held by May 1977, the problems facing
Grenada and NJM's solutions to these problems, and NJM's demands on
the Government for ,air elections.
In connection with the demands on Government, Mr Noel said these are
specific and are aes out as follows :-
1. Have a complete new enumeration of voters to bring the Voters
Lists up to date or, alternatively, immediately post the 1975
Revised List and revise the Voters Lists for 1976.
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2. Bet up a proper Election Boundaries Commission with a Head
Office and Constituency Offices to allow automatic registration -
3. Let each Party have freedom t. choose its own symbol at least
two months before any election.
4. Once Parliament is dissolved, each Party must have the right
-fully and freely to use public address systems upon giving
notice to the Police.
5. provide equal radio time during the peak hours of broadcasting
for all political parties which have nominated candidates for
6. Set up a Mixed Commission (representatives of all Parties) to
appoint a Supervisor of Electiona, Returning Officers, Poll
Clerks and other election officials.
7. Provide an indelible ink for staining of voters fingers to
ensure people vote once and no more.
8. Have proper scrutiny of ballot boxes at polling stations on
the morning of election day to ensure boxes are empty.
9. Eqmal number of party poll-agents to accompany ballot boxes
for final count.
1a. Ensure there is no molestation or intimidation of voters at
11. Provide Police protection for public meetings of all political
Mr Noel said the ruling Grenada United Labour Party had held a General
Council meeting yesterday (20th), and the invitation which had been
broadcast to Members had requested4phat each Member bring three
supporters to the meeting. "It has ant been lost on us that
this invitation is in the exact form issued by Mr Gairy to the
Police Aids on January 20th 1974, the day before he turned the
Police Aide loose in a criminal attack on peaceful citizens", said
Mr Noel, "and we place great significance on this similarity."
BOW COUNCIL APPEARS "UNDER PROTEST"
Mr Lyle St.Paul, Grenada's Crown Council, told Magistrate Lloyd
St.Louis in the St.Georges Magistrate's Court on October 14th
that he was appearing "under protest" as Defence Council for certain
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policemen charged with causing harm to a prisoner. "I take no part
in this thing at all", said Mr St.Paul.
The case before the Magistrate was one brought privately by Mr Martin
DeCoteau against Cpls, Dennis Rush and Joseph Andrewa, and Zephrine
Cuffie'of thd Grenada Volunteer Corps. Mr DeCoteau's evidence was
that, on August 20th last year, while under arrest at the Beaulieu
Police Station, he was hoisted upside down from a beam in the root,
beaten and cuffed. Mr DeCoteau also alleged that he was branded
with a hot poker.
Crown Council St.Paul declined to cross-examine Mr DeCoteau and
Magistrate St.Louis has reserved his decision until October 25th.
TAWU/TELEPHONE CO NEGOTIATIONS CONTINUE,
Representatives of the Grenada Technical & Allied Workers Union (TAWU)
have had two meetings with a negotiating team from the Grenada
Telephone Company in efforts to draw up a new Collective Agreement
covering wages and conditions of employment relative to 80 odd members
of the Union employed by the Company.
No release has been issued by either the Company or the Unilon, but,
sources close to the negotiations state that TAWU has demanded a 501Q
increase in wages and that the Company has made a .counter offer. The
amount of this offer. could not be ascertained, but it is understood
that the Union is now giving it consideration and another meeting is
scheduled for tomorrow (22nd).
In July last year, following negotiations with TAWU, the Company paid
a 10io increase to workers drawing over E04500 per month, and 12-j% to
workers drawing under that figure. It is understood now that the
Company's ability to give any substantial increase is compromised by
the fact that it owes approximately US41 million to the Continental
Telephone Corporation, the Corporation which shares joint ownership
of the Grenada Telephone Company with the Government of Grenada.
It is understood that, some four years ago, the Company borrowed
approximately US$1 million from Continental Telephones Corporation
for expansion purposes, this loan to be repaid by 1984. To date,
lust over UTS200,000 has been repaid and, with the deoal0atioa o.f
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sterling and Eastern Caribbean currency now fixed at I042.70 to
US$1.00, the Company has found itself with a greater burden of debt
than wasee originally estimated.
CSA PROTESTS ENFORCEDD LEAVE".
In a letter dated October 14th addressed to the Grenada Public Service
Commission, the Management Council of the Grenada Civil Service
Assoaistion (CSA) has expressed concern "respecting officers not on
earned leave, not on their job and not rendering service to Government
in any form and yet are in receipt of monthly salaries".
According to the CSA Manag ement, this action claims a fair share of
wastage of Government' a available fUnds and has an "unconscious slowing-
down effect on production." The letter pointed out that enforced
leave has a serious effect on officers so placed and "also has a bad
effect on junior members of the Service, young aspirants to the Service
and the taxpayer generally".
"Management therefore requests", concludes the letter, that in the
interest of the nation generally and the Civil Service i particular,
every effort be made by the Public Service Commission to put a speedy
atop to this undesirable feature of the Public Service."
GOOD WINTER CRUISE. SEASON OR GRENHADA.
In an exclusive interview with NEWSLETTER today (21st), Mrs Gertrude
Pratain, Executive Secretary of the Grenada Tourist Board, disclosed that.
there will be a significant increase in the island's Winter Cruise Season
this year. "Last Winter", she said, "we had 148 cruise calls and thic-
Winter we will have 183. This represents an increase of roughly 214k"
Mrs orotain said the Cruise Season started on Botober 19th with the visit
of the "Cunard Countess with over 600 passengers, and the Season would
end on 31st May 1977. "We are not resting on our laurels", said Mrs
Protai, "in order to ensure a thoroughly successful season, seminars for
taxi drivers and vendors are being planned, and the Grenada Tourist
Board hopes to maintain and enhance the reputation of St.Georges as one
of the Caribbean's favourite ports of call."
On October 19th, the S S "Geestatar" sailed with 26,874 boxes of bananas
weighing 812,742 lbs and valued at B0$73,146.00. There were 307 boxei
of rejected fruit.
SCRUISE LINER GALLS
During the week ending October 16th, two crui'iners called at Grenada.
These were the "Cunard Countess" on Tuesday 12th with 681 passengers and
the "Amerikanias on Wednesday 13th with 600 passengers. NEWBLETTER
has been advised of an error in information given by the Tourist
authries for the week ending October 2nd. The visit of the "Oriana
on 0I ctobe 29 with 1704 passengers, should be added to calls already
SCFT. Alister Hughees
21st October 1976