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THE GRENADA HIMSLXTT.R
For The eekV Endina October 22nd 1977
WINBAB ANNUAL GENERAL MllTING IN GRENADA
The Annual General Meeting of the Windward Islands Banana
Association was opened at the Grenada Holiday Inn on Monday (17th)
by the Minister of Agriculture, Porestries and Pisheries, Mr David
In his address, Mr Sylvester paid tribute to Sir Dennis Henry who,
on September 14th, resigned as Chairman of the Grenada Banana
Cooperative Society (GCB8) and as the GCBS representative on
WINBAN. At the time of his resignation, Sir Dennis stated that,
in the light of "certain specific and express Cabinet directions"
which he regarded as illegal and not "in the true interest of the
Society and its members", his resignation was the only course he
could take honourablyy".
Mr Sylvester referred to Sir Dennis' long years of service to
GBCS and said that his wide knowledge had helped the Banana
Industry, not only at the local level but at WINBAN level, in
which organisation Sir Dennis served as President with distinction.
An important item on the agenda of the WINBAN annual General
Meeting was the Five Year Development Plan which is being financed
by the British Development Division (BDD) and which began,
officially, on June 1st 1977. The WINBAN Director of the Plan
is Mr D A "Chung" Perryman and, in an exclusive interview with
N1iSLhTTER on Wednesday (19th), Mr Perryman expressed
disappointment with the progress of implementing the Plan.
"The Five Year Development Plan is not moving as smoothly as we
would like it to", he said, "but the Governments of most of the
islands have now approved the Plan in principle and they have been
requested by the British Development Division in Barbados to
prepare individual island plans." Mr Perryman said most of
those individual plans have been completed and submitted to the
BDD and, together with comments from the BDD, they have been
resubmitted to the individual Governments for reconsideration.
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"The Extension Staff has been reenmrted I.r. uoef or the isla3nds",
the Plan Director said, "and we hope that, within the next
couple of weeks, we shall get the Extension part of the Plan off
the ground. We are also hoping to be able to continue with
the subsidisation of the fertilizer requirements of the four
Windward Islands and, to this end, the BDD has promised that
the subsidy element of the Plan will be approved as soon as the
island Governments have finalized their individual plans with
1r Perryman said that, initially, the Development Plan will be
approved for one year in each island and, at the end of that
period, a Review Committee will decide what modifications and
amendments should be made. The Plan Director could not say
how much money would be made available by BDD for the Plan as
approval had been had on certain elements of the Plan only.
ihe recruitment and training of initial Extension Staff was
olj of the elements agreed upon but there was much more yet
to be discussed.
Another matter discussed at the Annual General Meeting was the
current shortfall in Windward Island banana production.
i,r Perryman said this shortfall had been caused by adverse
weather conditions and talks have been held with WINBAN's
.arketiag agents, Geest Industries Ltd, on the subject of
finding bananas from other sources to make up the deficiency.
The annual General Meeting of WINBAN elected the Directors of
the Association for the 1978 term. They are Mr Ivor A
Sinson, Chairman of the St.Vincent Banana Growers Association,
Mr Joffre Robinson, Chairman of the Dominica Banana Growers
Association, Mr Harry Atkinson, Chairman of the St.Lucia
Banana Growers Association and Mr Harold Baptiste, Chairman
of the Grenada Banana Cooperative Society. Mr Sinson was
reelected President of WINBAN with Mr Robinson as Vicepresident.
Others attending the annual General Meeting were WINBAN's
'.oaomic Advisor, Professor H Chenfield and Dr J Edmunds,
Coasultr~"at. Secretary to the Association is Mr A Grell. Th
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meeting concluded on Wednesday (19th)
INDUSTRIAL CLIMATE DETERIORM ES
The industrial climate surrounding the negotiations which have
been taking place between the Comme oial & Industrial Workers
Union (CIWU) and Messrs Jonas Browne & Hubbard Ltd has taken a
turn for the worse.
These negotiations began in August 1976 and relate to a cost of
living allowance demanded by CIWU. The first proposal was
that the Company should pay an across the board allowance of
21.018%, but the Management of the firm did not find this
acceptable. Since then, a series of proposals and counter
proposals have been made but none have bnte mutually acceptable.
Jonas Browne & hubbard Ltd is a locally owned firm whose
nativities cover a wide range of commercial enterprises. The
Company operates two large supermarkets and, among others, a
lumber department, hardware and appliance department, furniture
department, dress shop and an insurance department. Jonas
Browne & Hubbard also operate a Steamship Agency and the Company
is the local agent for LLoyds.
CIWU is bargaining on behalf of tke Company's 213 employees and,
in an effort to break the deadlock which has arise, the Union
and the Company met on Tuesday (18th) under the chairmanship of
Mr Robert Robinson, the Labour Commissioner. At that meeting,
both parties to the dispute put forward what was considered their
The offer from the Company was a cost of living allowance of 5~
to be paid to all employees from October Ist 1976. This rate
would increase to 10j with effect from February 1st 1977 and
there would be another increase to 15% from August 1st 1977.
The counter proposal from CIWU is that the Company's employees be
divided into three groups, the lowest paid, those receiving up to
EC$250.00 per month, to receive a cost of living allowance of
15Yo from October let 1976. The next group, those being paid
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between EC$251.00 and EC#350.00 per month,to get 12 from est
October 1976, and the third group, those with top bracket salaries,
to receive 7i from the same date. SIWU proposes that the
three groups will each receive a further increase of 2ja from
October let 1977.
A source close to the Union told NEWSLTTER that the Union's
proposals involve back-pay to date of EO#113,147.00, while the
Company's offer would make the back-pay EC099,660.00.
The meeting with the Labour Commissioner was unsuccessful in
getting the Company and the Union any closer together and, as
a further step, a meeting took place yesterday (20th) under the
chairmanship of the Minister for Labour, Senator Roy St.John.
This meeting was no more successful than that with the Labour
omaiassioner, and CIWU gave the Company an ultimatum that "if
the matter is not resolved by 10.00 am today (21st), the Union
will feel free to take whatever action it feels necessary and
expedient to bring about a settlement."
A check at 10.30 am today (21st) at "The Food Fair", the St.Georges
supermarket of Jonas Browne & iubbard Ltd, revealed that a go-slow
was in effect. Mr Anslem Peters, CIWU shop steward at "The
Food Fair" told NEWSLETTER there are "some 70 employees" at "The
Food Pair" and they are "all cooperating with all the other
Hubbards employees in the go-slow."
GES A.SKS TAWU FOR MEaING
A source close to Grenada Electricity Services (GES) told
ihEWSLETTER today (21st) that GES wrote to the Technical &
Allied Workers Union (TAWU) on Monday 17th asking for a meeting
to discuss proposals put forward by TAWU for a new wage
Details of these proposals have not been disclosed but they
were submitted by TAWU on September 29th. They were discussed
it the annual General Meeting of the Grenada Bnployers Federation
(c October 14th, and a source close to that meeting told NEWSLET.ER
S*- .?mbr?'s "were horrified at the implications of the TAWU
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demand." Acccrding to that source, Lf implemented, that
demand "will mean 30 per uait increase for every consumer."
The industrial contract between GES and TAWU expires on December
31st, and the meeting asked for by GES will consider counter
proposals put forward by the Company for the new contract. To
date, the date for this meeting has not been fixed.
SWWU AND G-EST TO MEET
The Seamen & Waterfront Workers Union (SWWU) and Messrs Geest
Industries will meet today (21st) for talks concerning the Union's
demand for a cost of living allowance under the terms of the
industrial contract for loading bananas.
On October 14th, SWWU proposed that this allowance be at the rate
of 15fe with effect from October lst 1977. East has accepted
the date of implementation as October let but has counter proposed
that the rate for the allowance be 1io.
RANKS OF OFFICERS ARE 'MILITARY SECRiT'
'he ranks held by Mr Fritz Abraham and Mr Leon LaCrette, the two
officers of the Grenada Defence Force who are now in Chile for
training, is a military secret.
This was told to NLWSLETTER today (21st) by Lieutenant Colonel
Winston &assanto, Commander of the Defence Force. "I can give
no information at all about the Defence Force", said Mr Massanto,
"not even concerning the ranks held by officers."
The Lieutenent Colonial also declined to say how long Messrs
Abraham and LaCrette will be staying in Chile.
SCHOOL OF M DICIEJE X (PRESS8S GRATITUDE TO PM
In an announcement published in the October 19th issue of the
Grenada "Torchlight" newspaper, the St.Georges University School
of Medicine expressed happiness "that the School was afforded the
nriviledge of sponsoring one of the contestants in the Carnival
(Qeen Competition held in South St.George in the person of Miss
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Phyllis Bruno, thus assisting in making 6 carnival, on the whole,
the success it was."
"It was through the Initiative of our Honourable Prime Minister
that this Sdhool was founded here", said the announcement, "and
we are indeed grateful."
The announcement said the School was opened in January 1977 and
now has a roll of 370 400 students, and the establishment "has
a staff of 46 :- 10 Academic and 7 Administrative and other
employees, thus giving employment to many local persons."
The let Runner-Up in the South St.George 1977 Carnival Queen
Competition was Miss Units Mitchell. Accompanied by her
chaperone, Mrs Thelma Simpson, Miss Mitchell left Grenada on
October 6th on a trip to the United States of America donated
by the St.Georges University School of Medicine.
CARAIACOU SURVEY NEARINU CO1WLEION
Grenada Electricity Services Ltd (GES) is nearing completion of
the survey of the Government owned electricity plant in
Carriacou, Grenada's sister island.
Interviewed by NEhSLETTTER today, Mr W R Lord, Manager of GES,
said the preliminary draft of the survey has already been done.
"The survey of the transmission and distribution system has
already been completed", he said, "and I hope to be in Carriacou
on Wednesday 26th to complete our last bit of inspection. The
entire survey should be done by the end of this month."
Carriacou has an area of 13 square miles and had a population
of 5,950 people at the 1970 census. The island first had
electricity in 1960. Government's request for this survey
by GES was made in September.
NINETEENTH ANNIVERSARY OF MARRYSHOW'S DEATH
Wednesday October 19th was the 19th anniversary of the death
of Theophilus Albert Marryshow.
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Born on November 7th 1887, Marryshow became one of the best known
Westindian journalists in the early part of this century and,
because of his fight for unification and independence of the
British Weat Indian Colonies, became known as "''ha Father of
Federation." He was a Senator in the -ederation of the
West Indies from its establishment until the time of his death.
The University of The West Indies acquired Marryahow's residence
in St.Georges, "The Rosary", and has converted it into an 1xtra
Mural Centre under the name of "Marryshow House".
The 19th anniversary of Marryshow's death passed unmarked in
The S S "Geesttide" sailed on October 18th with 21,033 boxes of
bananas weighing 623,803 Ibs. Geest Industries paid the
Grenada Banana Cooperative Society (GBCS) 29.249 ECG per pound,
making a total of EC$182,456.13. The price paid to growers
by GBCS was 15 ECI per pound on the weight of bananas received at
the boxing plants, but this figure is not yet available. There
were 407 boxes of rejected fruit.
The weight shipped by "Geestcreet" on October 11th was 475,833 Ibs,
and the weight at the boxing plants was 490,754 Ibs, making a
difference of 14,921. lbs between tha boxing plant weight and the
CRUI S LINER CALLS
During the week ending October 15th, two cruise liners called at
Grenada. These were the "Cunard Countess" on Tuesday 11th
with 563 passengers, and the "Sun Viking" on Saturday 15th with