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THE GRE ADA NESleTTER
Por the week ending 12th Pebruary 1977
GAIRY OPTIMISTIC OVER GRENADA' S t0NOMIC FUTURE
In an Independence Day message delivered at a ceremonial parade at
Queen's Park on Monday 7th, Grenada's 3rd anniversary of attainment
of independence, Prime Minister Gairy was optimistic about Grenada's
"I have reason to believe", said the Prime Minister, "that this year
would be pregnant with industrial activity and a definite change for
the better of our economic structure." Mr Gairy said the "aeeds"
which have been planted through his visits to friendly nations,
through negotiations with various international consortia and other
international bodies, and his recent visit to Washington when he "had
the homour to participate in a national prayer breakfast with
President Jimmy Carter and other distinguished personalities are
showing signs of germination."
Mr Gairy said, however, that Grenada's international image had been
damaged by what he called the "enemies of progress." "The enemies
of progress are always at work, plotting, planning and scheming in
ways detrimental and destructive to our nation", he said. The
Prime Minister advised his listeners that their prayers should
continue to include the expression, "Lord, rid us of and protect us
from our national adversaries, determined to destroy physical lives,
characters and properties, and to villify, obstruct and embarrass-our
Government. Lord, let them flee from us, let them go far away and
leave us in peace. Remove them from our paths of progress and do
with them as Thou seest best."
In his address, Me Gairy had a message to his political opponents.
"We extend an open arm of welcome to members of the opposition party
to be constructively involved in the progress and in the process of
nation building", he said. "As man is afflicted with various
diseases of the body", the Prime Minister continued, "so is man
definitely inflicted with cancer,, with leprosy and other diseases of
the soul by the elements of hate, jealousy, malice, dqstructiveness
of material, of character and all the other negatives."
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The Prime Minister said the greatest commandment of God on which
hangs every other commandment is that of love. "Let us not
continue to do the opposite of God's commandment because it
cannot bring you power", Mr Gairy said "it cannot establish
peace of mind, it cannot fulfil your ambitions."
Bringing his address to an end, Prime Minister Gairy said, "May
I, in conclusion, engage the hearts and minds of all here present
in silent and meaningful meditation as I pray, Lord, help us to
know really who we are. Lord, teach us to know ourselves.
Lord, help us to better understand the purpose for which we have
been placed on this earth plane and, help us to perform our duties
and our obligations more promptly, more nobly, more diligently,
more effectively, without fear or favour, and to your greater
satisfaction and glory. Let God be praised."
OAIRY IGNORES CHAMBER (?)
+he Grenada Chamber of Commerce has had no reply to its letter
of January 14th to Prime Minister Gairy expressing disappointment
that it had not been consulted in connection with the selection
of a Senator.
This was disclosed today (llth) by the President of the Chamber,
Mr Lyden Ramdhanny, in an exclusive interview with NEWSLETTER,
and Mr Ramdhanny hoped the Prime Minister's silence did not
indicate that the Chamber's letter was being ignored.
!'With the present depressed state of Grenada 's economy", said the
Chamber's President, "it is essential for the national welfare
that there should be the closest collaborution.between Government
and the Commercial Sector." Mr Ramdhanny thought the Chamber
was most representative of business interests in the island and
it was vital that this Body be given the opportunity to be
associated with the working of Government.
"The Constitution of Grenada makes provision for consultation
by the Prime Minister with organizationss or interests' which
he thinks should be represented in the Senate", continued
ir Ramdhanny, "and, in spite of the fact that we have had no
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acknowledgement of our letter, it is my hope that, when there is a
suitable vacancy in the Senate, Mr Gairy will take steps to repair
this serious omission."
PSC SENDS OUT CIRCULAR
Under date of January 28th, the Public Service Commission (PSC) has
sent a circular to all permanent Secretaries and Heads of Government
Departments relative to the granting of leave to Public Officers.
The circular (number 4/1977) reads :-
"The Public Service Commission wishes to remind Permanent
Secretaries and Heads of Department that, apart from
departmental leave, the grant of leave to Public Officers
is a function of the Commission vested in it by virtue of
Section 84 of the Grenada Constitution Order 1973, and that,
in the circumstances, leave must be referred to the
Commission. Permanent Secretaries and Heads of
Department are hereby requested to take due notice hereof
and to be guided accordingly."
This circular comes as a sequel to a letter written on January 27th
to the PSC by the Grenada Trade Union Council (TUC) complaining that
Public Officers have been sent on "enforced leave" as a form of
A spokesman for TUC told NEWSLETTER today (11th) that a reply dated
February 9th has been received by TUC to its letter of complaint sent
to PSC under date of January 27th. According to the spokesman, the
Commission has given no indication that it is taking steps to correct
the acts of "victimisation".pointed out in the TUC letter. "It is
a mast unsatisfactory reply", said the spokesman, "and TUC will have
to consider what further action may have to be taken in the interest
of Government workers if the Public Service Commission fails to
perform its duties."
SALARIES REVISION COMMISSION SITTING POSTPONED
Mr Curtis Strachan, Secretary of the Government appointed Salaries
Revision Commission. has circularised all interested parties that,
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due to circumstances beyond their control, members of the Commissiorr
have been unable to return to Grenada in time to continue the
taking of evidence on February 8th as they had hoped.
According to Mr Strachan's circular (which was dated February
2nd), "the Commissioners hope to be in Grenada in time to
begin discussions with, and hear evidence from all those
concerned, from the 28th February 1977."
This Commission, which is headed by Mr Eldon Maturin, Tax
Administration Advisor attached to the CARICOM Secretariat,
has held one meeting, on December 11th last, and it was hoped
that the Commission's report would be ready in time for
implementation on April let 1977. Mr Maturin has said,
however, that with the volume of work which has to be done,
July set 1977 is a more realistic date.
Appointment of this Commission came as a result of an agreement
reached last April between Government and a Negotiating Team
appointed by the Civil Service Association, the Technical &
Allied Workers Union and the Grenada Union of Teachers, the
three Unions authorised to represent all monthly Vaid Government
employees. At that time, it was expected that the Salaries
Revision Commission would be appointed and would complete its
work in time for its recommendations to be implemented on
January 1st 1977.
In addition to Mr Maturin, other members of the Commission are
Senator James Manswell, Executive Secretary of the Trinidad &
Tobago Public Services Association, and Mr Edwy Talma, former
Deputy Prime Minister of Barbados.
FRENCH VISITOR MURDERED
A crew member of the cruise liner "Mermoz" was shot and killed
on Wednesday (9th) while walking in an outlying section of the
town of St.Georges.
It is reported that, about 5.30 pm, this crew member, Bertrand
Joseph Maria Homo, was walking on Archibald Avenue in the
Tanteen area with another crew member, Serge Commencez. It
is not known why they turned off Archibald Avenue and proceeded
into a somewhat secluded area near to a school building, but
residents of the area, investigating the sound of a gun-shot,
found Homo lying on the ground with a shot wound on his left
side just above the hip.
One of these residents transported Homo and Commenoez b ck to
the ships dbout a mile away, where, it is reported, the wounded
man was seen by the ship's doctor who ordered him to the Genersl
Hospital. On arrival there, however, he was pronounced dead.
In a Police identification parade on the same evening, Commenoez
identified two men who were then araft+.l-
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The body of Homo, who was 27 years old last November 25th, will be
put on the "Mermos" when the ship calls again at Grenada on February
23rd, and a spokesman for the ship's agents said arrangements are
being made for its return to France for burial. The address of the
deceased is given as Rue de la Croix, Nivert, Marseilles.
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SWWU/GSA MEETING POSTPONED
'he meeting of the Seamen & Waterfront Workers Union (SWWU) and the,
Grenada Shipping Agents (GSA) scheduled for yesterday (10th) did not
take place and has been postponed to a date to be f,.xed.
This meeting is for continuation of discussions on a cost-of-living
allowance (not wage increases as stated in NEWSLETTER of 5.2.77), and
is based on a document submitted by SWWU to GSA indicating that, over
the period 1971 to 1976, the buying power of the dollar of the worker
has diminished by over 600.
A source close to, the negotiations told NEWSLETTER today (11th) that,
on February 8th, GSA wrote SWWU asking for a postponement of the
meeting and stating that "in view of the points raised by your Union
at the last meeting, as it relates to the paper presented by you, we
find it necessary to record our views in the form of a Memorandum for
prompt submission to you for consideration." The source said GSA
had undertaken to have the Memorandum ready within a week.
It is understood that, when SWWU first submitted its document to GSA
last December, the Union's demand was for an across-the-board cost-of-
living allowance of 33, this figure being on based on estimations up
to February 1976. NEWSLETTER understands that since then, the Unioi
has up-dated its estimations and has increased its demand which now
varies from 35% to 40% covering different grades of worker.
GRENADA'S TOURIST TRADE UP
According to statistics being compiled by the Grenada Tourist Board,
Tourism is making an increasing contribution to the island's economy.
In an exclusive interview with NEWSLETTER today (10th), Mrs Gertrude
Protain, Executive Secretary of the Tourist Board, disclosed that
"stay-over" visitors had increased by 16.6% from the 1975 figure of
21,059 to the 1976 figure of 24,551. There were 34 more cruise
liner calls in 1976 than in 1975 and cruise liner visitors had risen
from 85,460 in 1975 to 106,882 in 1976. This represents an increase
"Last year's visitor statistics are still in process of being put
together", said Mrs Protein, "and it is not yet possible to give a
complete picture." The Executive Secretary said, however, that
indications are that the 1976 figures will show a considerable advance
over those of 1975.
Mrs Protain disclosed that the 1976/77 Winter Cruise Season is the
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best the island has ever known, and she was confident that, when
the final figures are put together, they will show that Tourism
"is making a most valuable contribution to Grenada's economy."
TOUR WHOLESALER ON LIAT TOUR
Mr John H Keller, President of Messrs Caribbean Holidays, one of the
largest tour wholesalers in the United States serving the Caribbean,
is now (11th) in Grenada on a special voluntary assignment to
LIAT (1974) Ltd.
Mr Keller, who describes himself as "one of LIAT's greatest critics",
said his present tour through the Eastern Caribbean is taking him
to Antigua, Dominica, St.Lucia, Barbados, St.Vincent, Grenada and
Trinidad, in each of which islands he is meeting with the airline's
staff and sharing his experience and expertise in up-grading
The President of Caribbean Holidays said there was still room for
some complaint but, there have been significant improvements in
the past few months and his organisation is satisfied that LIAT's
personal and their management are doing their level best to give
"Let me be specific", said Mr Keller, "whereas it took two to three
weeks sometimes in the past to get reservations confirmed, we now
find that the same service is. rendered within 8 to 24 hours."
More seats and better connections are now available, Mr Keller
said, and he found that LIAT's personnel have a different attitude
towards their job. "I an here to encourage them to join forces
with us to revitalise LIAT", Mr Keller said, "and to have the
very fine services that we so desperately need."
On February 8th, the S S "Geeststdr" sailed with 17679 boxes of
bananas weighing 533,983 lbs and valued at E0637,378.00. There
were 624 boxes or rejected fruit.
CRUISE LINER CALLS
During the week ending February 5th, the following cruise liners
called at Grenada :-
January 29th Sun Viking 68)passengers ( /C,
30th Oceania V do. 7'1//1
30th Stella Marias **
31st Monarch Star 560 (9i
February 2nd Amerikanis 490/ do.
3rd Brittanis 926 do.
4th Jupiter ** 4
** Information re number of passengers not yet available.
Alister H 1a
11th Fe y 1977