* Allster Hughes
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THE GMENADA NEWLETTER
For the Week Ending November 15th 1976
OPPOSITION ALLIANCE TO FIGHT GUWP
A crowd of Bome five to six thousand persons atte d ns a j.nraion
held by the New Jewel Movement (NJM) on Sunday November 7th was told
that the '. c three Opposition Parties had reached agreement on the
formation of an Alliance to contest the General Elections on
According to speakers at the Convention, it had been agreed at that
time that, of the 15 constituenoies, NJM would put up candidates for
6 seats and the Grenada National Party (GNP) and the United People's
Party (UPP) would, together, contest another 6 seats.
This left 3 sea"e in dispute and it was announced that, on Saturday
November 13th, the three Opposition Parties would hold a ai- ...
election" to permit the electorate to decide which of the three Partl1e
should contest these seats against the ruling Grenada United Labour
Three days later, however, a joint Press Release from UPP, NJM and GNP
announced that these Parties had "agreed to sink their differences",
and a spokesman for the Alliance said it was no longer necessary to
hold the "mini-election". The same spokesman disclosed that the
Alliance had agreed that NJM would contest 8 seats while GWP and UPP
would put up candidates for the remaining 7.
Neither the GNP nor UPP have yet announced their candidates, but at
the NJM Convention last Sunday (7th), the following were introduced
as that Party's candidates :-
Bernard WCard for the constituency of the Town of St.George
Unison Whiteman for the constituency of Bt.Georges North-East
Maurice Bishop for the constituency of StpGeorges South-East
Selwin Strachan for the constituency of St.G*repe South
Lloyd Noel for the constituency of the PaajLsh of St.Johzw,
Wilberforce Nyack for the constituency of St.Patricke East
Vernon Simon for the constituency of St.Andrews North-Easat
Kenrick Radix for the constituency of the parish of St.Dweids
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 13.11.76
At a meeting of the Grenada United Labour Party (GULP) held earlier
this month, Prime Minister GaLry presented 15 candidates bo rteat
on behalf of his Party. NlMBLETTER was not present at that
meeting and the news report of the meeting did not give the
constituencies in which these candidates will contest, but their
names are Roy St.John, Lloyd St.Louie, Crhystler Thomas, Innocent
Belmar, Eric Gairy, George Hosten, Herbert Preudhomme, Franklin
Dolland, Cynthia Gairy, Norman DeSousa, Oliver Raeburn, Ashton
Frame, Albert Forsythe, Hubert Alexis and Charles Cayenne.
Nomination Day for the General Elections is Thursday November 18th.
SuPERVISOR OF ELECTION SCOTCHES RUMOUR
In reply to an inquiry by NEWSLETTER on Wednesday (10th),
Mr Albert Abraham, Supervisor of Elections, denied that there was
any intention to delay the counting of votes until the day after
Election Day, December 7th.
Told of the strong rumour which has been gaining ground that the
votes will not be counted on Election night, Mr Abraham said this
was not true and that the votes will be counted immediately
after the close of the poll as is usual.
VICAR PROVINCIAL CONDEMNS GOVERNMENT' S TRICKSS"
In a sermon preached on Sunday November 7th, Father Gilbert
Coxhead, Roman Catholic Vicar Provincial and Head of'the English
Dominicans in Grenada, condemned what he called the "terrible
and devious tricks" of the Government of Grenada "to prevent
an honest and free election."
The Vicar General referred to the new Rules which have been
made for the registration of voters, and he expressed the opinion
that Grenadians. are "suffering violence inflicted by law".
The full text of Pather Gilbert's sermon is attached aa a
supplement to this issub of NEWSLETTER.
THL GR1~NA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 13.11.76
NJM PUBLISHES STATISTICS
According to a statement- with statistics published by the New Jewel
Movement (NJM), that Party feels that, of the 15 oonstituenciee to be
contested in the General Elaotions on J)*oeabe 7th, there are 6
"moet-winnable" sets and the other eight "require a great deal of
orgaaisatlonal effort to be won."
The stattltics published relate to the returns for the General
Elections of 1972 where there were straight fights between the
Grenada United Labour Party (GULP) and the Grenada National Party
(GNP) in every constituency. These stall
The Six "Most Winable Seats
istios are as follows :-
2,371 1,181 1,190
2,457' 1,234 1,223
1,727 966 761
2,796 1,504 1,292
2,887 1,5~8 1,323
The Other Nine Seats,
7.8t.Marks 1,883 1,652 1,037 615
Totals :- 41,529
1,697' 1,101 596
9 + .2
2,177 1,544 633 911
3,662' 2,400 1,262 1,138
34,28 20,16.4 141 \
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THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Landing 13.11.76
GOVAhRNME T GIVEN uLTIMAT
In a letter dated Ootober 29th addressed to Mr George Hosten,
Minister of Finance, the Ixecutives of the Grenada Union of T1aebeara
(GUT), the Civil Servioe Assopiation (CSA) and the Technical &
Allied Workers Union (TAWU) have expressed concern over delay
in the oommenoement of sittings of the Commission appointed by
Government to revise the salaries of Government employees.
The letter stated that the Unions "hold strongly to the view
that this long delay is calculated to prejudice their demand
for implementation of the award by January let 1977."
This Salaries Revision Commission was set up as a result of
negotiations between the Government of Grenada and CSA, GUT and
TAWU, the three trade unions representing Government employees,
and it was appointed following agreement reached with Government
on March 26th last.
Members of the Commission are Mr John Tyndell of the QARICOM
Secretariat, Mr James Manswell, Executive Secretary of the
Trinidad & Tobago Public Service Association and Mr Edwy Talma,
former Deputy Prime Minister of Barbados. Mr Talma replaces
Mr Michael Caesar who was originally appointed to the Commission
but who, on October 8th, resigned his post on the Grenada Mission
to the United Nations following a disagreement with Prime
The letter sent by TAWU, GSA and GUT to Mr Hosten stated that
the Unions demand that the Commission commence its sittings
by Friday November 12th 1976. However, in a telephone
conversation today (12th) with the Executive Secretary of
CSA, Mr E M A Welsh, NEWSLETTER was advised that there has
been no response from Government to the Union's letter of
October 29th. Mr Welsh said that USA, GUT add TAVU will
meet during this coming week to give further consideration
to the matter.
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 43.11.76
LIAT GIVING PRIORITY TO RGRIGERATED CARGO
In reply to a complaint made by the Grenada Chamber of Coomerce to
Mr R H Lindsay, Managing Director of Leeward stands Airtransport
(1974) Ltd (LIAT), the Chamber has received a reply that it is "the
policy of LIAT to accord refrigerated cargo priority over the
categories of air freight."
In its letter to Mr Lindsay dated September 16th, the Chamber
suggested that refrigerated air cargo (especially vaccines and
other medical supplies) should be given priority and that LIMA
should ensure that such comgo is refrigerated while awaiting
The text of Mr Lindsay's reply has now been made public by the
Chamber and, according to LIAT'a Managing Director, the airline
does "normally keep such cargo refrigerated at transhipment points
provided that the shipper makes known the fact that refrigeration is.
requested." The letter states that any cost involved in having
cargo so refrigerated is borne by the consignee or the shipper.
"If you know of any instances in which LIAT had failed to handle
refrigerated consignments properly", Mr Lindsay told the Chamber,
"we would appreciate hearing of them in order for corrective
measures to be taken.
BANANA SHIPa S
The issue of NLWSLETTER for the week ending November 6th did not
carry statistics for bannaa shipments for that week. These
statistics are that, on November 2nd, the 8 S "Geestorest" loaded
25,306 boxes of bananas weighing 776,780 Ibe sad valued at .
EC#57,5835.00. There were 557 boxes of rejected fruit.
Corresponding figures for this week are that the 8 8 "Geesttide"
loaded 28,075 boxes on November 9th. This shipment weighed
842,776 lbs and was valued at EC#63,208.00. There were 217
boxes of rejected fruit.
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THE GFEDADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 13.11.76
S CRUISE LINER CALLS jI%1
During the week ending October 30th, there were two cruise liner
calls at Grenada. These were the "Cunard Countea" on October
26th with 705 passengers and the "Amerikand1a on October 27th with
Three cruise liners called during the week ending November 6th.
On the 2nd, the "Cunard Countess" berthed with 638 passengers, the
"Vistajford" arrived on the 5th with 627 passengers and the "Sun Viking"
called on thb 6th with 738 passengers.
OTO AND TAWMU REAGH AGREEMENT
Agreement has been reached between the Grenada Telephone Company (GTC)
and the Technical & Allied Workers Union (TAWU) for a new collective
A spokesman for the Company said workers will get a 20, overall
increase with effect from July 15th 1976 and there will be an
additional 156 increase effective July 15th 1977 until July 14th
It is understood that the Union's original demand was for 50a increase
and Ahis was countered with a 10% offer from the Company. Usually
reliable sources state that the Company is experiencing some financial
difficulty and it is not unlikely that there will be an increase in
LATE NWS GNRP/UPP ANNOUNCE CANDIDATES !!
Late today (12th), the Grenada National Party/United People's Party
arm of the Alliance which these two parties have formed with the New
Jewel Movement (NJM) announced its candidates for the General Elections.
These candidates are sur
Norris Ban for the constituency of St.Andrews-AWest
Sydney Ambrose for the constituency of St.AndreWs-Soutt-East
Raymond Rush for the constituency of St.Andrews NprthmWest
Winston Whyte for the constituency of St.Patricks-West
Rupert Japal for the constituency of St.Marks
Eric Pierre for the constituency of St.Georges North-West 1!7
Herbert 4laise for the constituency of Carriacou.
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