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THE GREIADA NEqWSLT8PL R
For the week ending eoteamber khth 1977
GO-SMLOv NMRING EMhi
The go-slow which has affected the docks at St.Oeorges since
September 5th may end shortly, 'his was disclosed to
NEWBLE~ TER today (23rd) by a source close to the industrial
dispute which exists between the Grenada Shipping Agents (GSA)
and the Seamen & Waterfront Workers Union (SWWU).
As a result of negotiations which began last December, GSA and
SWWU reached agreement on July 27th that a cost-of-living
allowance of 15% should be paid to dock workers. There was no
agreement, however, as to the date at which this allowance would
be implemented. SNWU wanted it paid from January ist 1977
while GSA were unwilling fo pay before July let.
Efforts made by the Labour Commiasioner, Mr Robert Roberteon, the
Minister for Labour, Senator Roy St.John and Prime Minister Gairy
all failed to settle the dispute but, this week, it was reported
that, following separate meetings held by the Union and the
Shipping Agents, both sides were willing to accept a compromise.
SWWU held a General Meeting yesterday (22nd) and decided that the
Union would accept a coat of living allowance of 10y from January
let to June 30th, this allowance moving to 156 from July lst.
GSA also held a meeting yesterday, the results of which have not
yet been made public. reliable sources report, however, that
this compromise is acceptable to GSA and a document of agreement
is being prepared for signature by both parties.
It is not known when the go-slow will be officially called off
but commercial circles said today (23rd) that it was unlikely
that Grenada's Christmas trade would be affected. Soon after
the commencement of the go-slow, importers here were advised by
shippers that steamship lines were refusing cargo for this port,
and it was feared that delayed consignments could not be executed
in time to catch the increased year-end business, It is now
felt, however, that if the go-slow is called off by week-end, the
effects of the delay will have been overcome before the busy
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Still pending is the claim made on Messrs Geest Industries Ltd
by SWWU for a cost of living allowance under the contract covering
the loading of bananas. 'his claim was made on September 6th,
Geest has asked the Union to set out particulars of the claim but
negotiations have not yet begun.
A reliable source disclosed to NEWSLhTTER that, in addition to
the contracts held by SWWU for the handling of general cargo
with GSA and the loading of bananas with Geeat Industries Ltd,
the Union has contracts with individual firms for the handling
of cement. The source said that, in most oases, cement is
handled at 30 BCE per bag.
BANANA SOCIETY APPOINTS MANAGER
Sir Willie Branch, Deputy Chairman of the Grenada Banana
Cooperative Society, told NLWSLETTER today (23rd) that Cabinet
has appointed Mr Harold Baptiste to be Chairman of the Committee
of Management of the Society and also Manager of the Society.
This information was conveyed to the Committee of Management
at a meeting held yesterday and is the outcome of a dispute
which arose last week resulting in the resignation of Sir Dennis
Henry as Chairman of the Committee of Management.
In a statement issued on 15th, Sir Dennis said his resignation
had been the only course he could honourably take against the
background of "certain specific and express Cabinet directions
as to the restructuring of the organisation which the Committee
of Management was expected to accept and implement."
It was confirmed by Sir Willie Branch that the Cabinet directions
included the appointment of a Manager and, while Sir Dennis did
not specify it, it is believed that it was this direction he
referred to when he said, "the direction in question was one
wi.ich, in principle, I do not believe to be right in law and/or
in the true interest of the Society and its members."
,,oJ i:1sl.es told NhIWLETTER today (23rd) that, according to
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the Banana Ordinance 1955, "the Secrotary shall. be the Chief
Executive Officer of the Society", and it may be in breach of this
provision to appoint a Manager of the Society. It is
understood that Government is contemplating legislation to correct
aATE FOR SECOND ELECTION PETITION PIXED
Mr Mauruce Bishop, Leader of the Opposition, told NEWLhTTER
today (23rd) that a date has now been fixed for the hearing of
the second of the three election petitions filed by the
The first petition, filed by Mr Kenrick Radix against Mrs Cynthia
Gairy in the Constituency of St.David, was heard recently, and on
September 16th Mr Justice Arehibald Nedd delivered his judgement
in favour of Mrs Gairy. The second petition, that of
Dr Rupert Japal against Mr Albert Forsythe in the Constituency
of St.Marks, has been set down for hearing on December 5th.
Dr Japel lost to Mr Forsythe by 218 votes in the General
Elections of December 7th 1976.
Still pending is the third petition. This was filed by
Mr Wilberforce Nyack against Mr Oliver Raeburn in the
Constituency of St.Patricke East. Mr Nysok lost by 60 votes.
APPEAL COURT OUSTS ASSIZES
According to notices appearing in the Government Gazette of
September 16th, both the High Court in its Criminal Jurisdiction
and the Court of Appeal are due to sit in Grenade on Tuesday
However, Mr Justice Archibald Nedd, Grenada's resident High
Court judge, will leave Grenada this week-end for St.Vincent to
serve on that island's sitting of the Court of Appeal which
begins on Monday 26th September. He will return in time to
adjourn Grenada's High Court to make way for the sitting of the
Court of Appeal.
Legal circles have expressed concern over the mounting bac].-log
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of cases for the High Court which will be aggravated by the putting
short of the Assizes. It is felt that the worsening situation
can be remedied only by appointment of an additional resident
judge in Grenada.
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LEBTRICITY SERVICES LTD TO SURVEY CARRIACOU
Electricity Services Ltd, the joint operation of the Commonwealth
Development Corporation and the Government of Grenada, has been asked
by the Grenada Government to survey the Government owned electricity
plant in Grenada's sister island of Carriacou, and to make
Lying some 20 miles to the north of Grenada, Carriacou, with an area
of 13 square miles and a population of 5,950 people at the 1970
census, was first given electricity in 1960. The original
installation was supplemented last year when the then British High
Commissioner resident in Trinidad, Mr Ciristopher Diggins, turned
over a Blackstone 150 kilowatt generating plant as a gift from the
Since then, the original plant has gone out of operation and
NEWSLETTER has been reliably informed that its defective alternator
is being sent to Barbados this week-end to be rewired.
Contscteu on the phone today (22nd), Mr W R Lord, Manager of Grenada
Electricity Services, said the request from Government to conduct the
survey had been verbal. "We are now awaiting a letter setting out
our terms of reference", he said, "after which we will proceed."
MISS BLACK UNTARIO VISITS
New links between Westindians in Ontario, Canada and Westindians
in the Caribbean were forged this week as a result of the visit
to Grenada of 19-year-old Tonya Williams, Miss Black Ontario 1977.
Tonya won this title from a field of 28 contestants at a
competition held at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto, Canada, on
June 25th, and her visit to Grenada is a prize trip to the island
w..rre sho is a guest of the Lrenada Tourist Board. Arriving
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at Pearls Airport last Saturday (18th), Tonya was met by a
welcoming party including Mr Everette Woodroffe, Chnirman of the
Tourist Board, and Miss Black Ontario is now a guest at the south-
coast Secret Harbour Hotel.
In an exclusive interview with NEW8LETTER today (22nd), Tonya
said this is her first visit to Grenada but she is not a stranger
to the Westindies. "I was born in England", she said, "but I
lived eight years in Jamaica before moving to Canada."
Accompanying Miss Black Ontario is her chaperone, Mrs phyllis
Rennie who is the Director of the Miss Black Ontario Pageant, and
Mr Dalton Clarke, a member of the three-man Board of Directors of
the pageant Organisation. Mr Clarke, who was born in Barbados,
told NEWSLETTER that the idea for the Pageant was born with
Mr Darnley "Danny" Gooding, Publisher of "Spear" magazine, with
whom he is associated on the Board of Directors. The third
Director is Mr Geoff Brown, Circulation Manager for "Spear".
"Some three years ago", said Mr Clarke, "we discovered there was
need for the exposure of Black talent in Ontario. We found
there were quite a number of Black girls graduating from
modelling agencies after paying an enormous sum for their tuition,
and then finding it difficult to obtain jobs."
Mr Clarke said many ideas to bring the talent of these girls to
the attention of the public were considered and Miss Black
Ontario Pageant was decided on as the best. He stressed,
however, that this project is not a beauty contest. "Our
first Pageant was staged on June 5th last year", he said, "and,
from the outset, we decided that it should be much more than a
parade of bathing suits and evening dresses. Of course,
beauty does play a part. but the girls' poise is judged also and
they havc opportunity to display their talents, whether it be in
the musical field, drama or else."
In this connection, Tanya Williams' exhibition of her talent in
the musical field helped her to win the crown of Miss Black
Ontario 1977. Tonya played the tenor saxaphone.
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While in Grenada, in addition to radio and television appearances,
Tonya has visited with the Governor General, Sir Leo DeGale, and
has been swimming and sight seeing. "'his is my first trip
to Grenada", said Tonya, "and I'm enjoying myself very much. The
beaches are wonderful and the kindness of everybody is just
Tonya and her party return to Toronto on October Ist.
BISHOP CHARLES FOR ROME
The Roman Catholic Bishop of St.Georges, Grenada, His Lordship
Bishop Sydney Charles, left Grenada on Monday (19th) to attend
a Synod of Bishops in Rome. This Synod, which is being
attended by Roman Catholic Bishops from all over the world,
will deal principally with the subject of catechetics and, just
before he left, Bishop Charles said he had already submitted
a Report on this to the Vatican.
The Antilles Episcopal Conference will be represented at the
Synod by Arohoishop S E Carter S.J. of Kingston, Jamaica, Bishop
Lester Guilly S.J., formerly Bishop of Georgetown, Guyana and
now resident in Barbados, and Bishop Sydney A Charles of
On the day before he left for Rome, Bishop Charles preached
at a confirmation service at the R C Church at Saut~eW -
Bishop Charles told the confirmation candidates that they had
a vital role to play in the development of a Christian
community, and he urged the congregation to pray for peace
which, he said, "seemed to be lost in Grenada."
JAMES T.XJE SECOND PLACE
Bertie James, Grenada's representative at the Mr World Body
Building Contest, has returned with the second position in the
HJeavy Weight Division to his credit. James was beaten by
peter Gymokowsk of the United States and Dave Dupree, also of
1'*" United States, was third.
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The contest was held in Acapuloo, Mexico on 9th and O0th September
and, in addition to Grenada, St.Lucia and Trinidad & Tobago were
the only Caribbean countries among the 15 countries competing.
James is cow in training for the Central American.and Caribbean
Championship in Santo Domingo next month, and he hopes to compete
in the Mr Universe Contest in France scheduled for 4th to 5th
The S S "Geesttide" sailed on September 20th with 16,950 boxes of
bananas weighing 504,263 lbs. Geest Industries paid the Grenada
Banana Cooperative Society 31.762 ECO per pound making a total of
EC$4i60,164.01. The price paid to growers by GBCS was 15 ECO
per pound on the weight of bananas received at the boxing plants,
but this figure is not yet available. There were 718 boxes of
The weight shipped by "Geestcrest" on September 13th was 479,573
Ibs and the amount weighed at the boxing plants was 520,296 Ibs
making a difference of 40,723 Ibs between boxing plant weight and
The following figures NE.8LETTR was unable to produce in previous
issues now bring banana statistics up to date. The boxing
plant weight for shipment of August 23rd was 701,611 lbs, and the
price paid by Geest Industries on the shipment of September 6th
was 30.861 ECO.
CRUISE LINER CALLS
Only one cruise liner called at Lrenada during the week ending
September 17th. 'his was the "Cunard Countess" which berthed
on Tuesday 13th with 627 passengers.
LATE NES 3! The Grenada Shipping Agents and the Seamen &
Waterfront Workers Union signed a document of agreement at 1.30pm
today. The go-slow on the doc has en called off with
23rd September 1977