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THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER
Por the week ending December 4th 1976
VOTERS LIST UP BY OVER 5"
According to figures published in the Goverwmwt on ette, t+.h oUoial
List of Voters has risen by 53.28% over the List in force for the last
General Elections in 1972. In the last Elections, 41,529 persons
were eligible to vote, and the List scheduled for use at the Elections
of December 7th shows a total of 63,657.
The Government Gazette of November 19th shows a total of 63,655, but
there is an error of 2 in the addition of the totals for the polling
divisions of the constituency of St.Andrew South-West. The Gazette
has another error in that it shows a total of 3,971 voters in the
constituency of CarriToou, 700 more than the sum of the totals a the'
polling divisions in that constituency. This error, however, is
not reflected in the overall total of voters in the State given by the
Detaill-of Grehadaes 15 constituencies showing numbers.
increases of the 1972 figures are an folAom :-
1. Town of
2. 8t.David 4,454
4, east 2,207
9. St.Mark 1,883
tO. St.John, 3,731
r11. Carriacou 2,673
15. ag/ aa 2
of voters and
THE GPREADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 4.1 .76
The dramatic increase in the number of voters ts attributed tq the
fact that the revision of the Voters List last month was the flrat
revision at which 18-year-olds were eligible to be included.
TUC DECLARES NEUTRALITY
In a circular letter to its Affiliates dated November 30th, the
Management Committee of the Grenada Trade Union Council (TUG)
stated that, "on the matter of the forthcoming General ELectioas,
the Council once again reiterates its position being non-partisan ...
The letter, however, urged all members of the Trade Union Movement to
"perform their civic duty by voting for the Candidate of their
choice." The letter asked also that special care be taken not
to participate or encourage others to participate in any act which
is contrary to the provisions of the Elections Ordinance in
particular and the Laws of Grenada in General.
This letter from the Management of TUC also advised Affiliates
that it had given "further consideration to the continuing increase
of electricity rates consumers are called upon to pay", and it
said that correspondence with Government had failed to bring
action to set up a Commission of Enquiry into the operations of
Grenada Electritity Services Ltd.
Signed by Mr Curtis Stewart, the Secretary/Treasurer of TUC, the
letter said, "Council has directed me to request from your Union
what suggestion it can offer as regards further action TUC should
take to achieve its goal."
Affiliates of TUO are the Technical & Allied Workers Union,
Commercial & Industrial Workers Union, Seamen & Waterfront Workers
Union, Maritime, Manual and Intellectual Workers Union, the
Civil Service Association, the Grenada Union of Teachers and
the Taxi Owners & Drivers Association.
ALLIANCE PUBLISHES MAAIPESTO
The "People's Alliance", a political grouping of the New Jewel
Movement, Grenada National Party and United People's party,
published its manifesto early this week, and a copy of this
THE GREIADA NH.WSLETER Week Ebdiang 4.12.76
document is attached as a supplement to thiLas %u* .a NEwALjTTTER.
The ruling Grenada United Labour Party (GULP) has not yet ,ade its
manifesto public, but, from political propaganda broadcast by Radio
Grenada, it appears that GULPt' main apaetW6hrust is a condemnation
of the People's Alliance as being communist and violent, along with
the promotion of GULP as God-fearing and striving to promote Tourism
and foreign investment.
C & W STAPFP TAGES "SICK-OUT
Cable & Wireless (W I) Ltd issued a statement yesterday (2nd) that,
because of "staff difficulties", the Company was unable to hoccept
and cables until further notice, and inquiries by NEWSLETTER indicate
that this situation arose from a "sick-out" staged by the staff in
support of the Technical & Allied Workers Union (TAWU), now
negotiating with the Company for a wage increase for its members.
The President of TAWU, Mr Curtis Stewart, told NEWSLETTER today (3rd)
that he had no knowledge of any industrial action taken against the
Company. Mr Stewart said, however, that his Union had submitted
proposals for a new Wage Agreement last July but, because there had
been no response from the Company, a letter was sent to the Company
on November 4th threatening industrial action.
The Company, Mr Stewart said, had replied on November 6th submitting
counter proposals, but these were unacceptable to the Union and this
was conveyed to the Company by letter on November 8th.
Following this, the Union and the Company met and held discussions
on November 15th, but no progress was made and a further meeting on
November 30th also produced no results. According to Mr Stewart,
this is where the matter stands now and no date has yet been fixed
for another meeting.
Mr Stewart said the Union's proposals are for a wage increase of
35% over two years, and the Company's counter proposals are for a
10C increase over the same period.
A check with Cable & Wireless today (3rd) disclosed that the Company
is now operating normally. (291 words)
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week EBding 4.1 .76
On November 30th, the 8 8 "Geestcreat" ase01A with 26,592 boxes
of bananas weighing 800,833 Ibs and valued at EC$80,083.00.
There were 210 boxes of rejected fruit.
During the week ending November 27th, three cruise liners called
at Grenada. These were the "Vietafjord" on Sundey 21st with
449 passengers, the "Cunard Countess" on Tuesday 23rd with 756
passengers, and the "Amerikania" on Wednesday 24th with 612
3rd D ember 1976