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THE GRENTADA NEWSETTER
War The Veek Ending November 12th 1977
BLACK OUT ON GO-SW)W DEVELjPMEkTS
The Grenada Employers Federation (G(E) and the Trade Union
Council (TUC) have held meetings every day this week in connection
with the industrial dispute between Jonas Browne & Hubbard Ltd
and the Commercial & Industrial workers Union (CIWU), but no
information has been released.
Sources close to these discussions told NLK SLE'TTE today (11th)
that GE' and TUC have agreed that no releases are to be made and
that, finally, a 3oint press release will be issued. However,
from other reliable quarters it was learned that a joint
committee of TUC and GEF has been investigating the facts
surrounding the dismissals which the Company executed since CIWU
u~stituted a go-slow on October 21st.
The dispute between CIWtU and the Company originated with a demand
by the union for a cost of living allowance. Negotiations on
this demand became deadlocked and the union then instituted the
go-slow. Agreement was reached on the cost of living allowance
but the union will not call off the go-slow until the dismissed
workers have been reinstated. The Company, however, will not
consider reinstatement of these workers until the go-slow has been
called off, and this is the present deadlock.
It is understood that there is to be another meeting of TUC and
GEF today and that this meeting will discuss a compromise
proposal put forward by CIWU, but no information has been
disclosed as to what this proposal is.
In the mean time, the go-slow continues and the supporting
boycott of goods now being operated by the Seamen & Waterfront
Workers Union (SWWU) has resulted in a reported loss of some
ECG25,000.00 to the Company. Last week-end a ahipmzat of oold
storage meats arrived at the port for Hubbards but, ehen it was
not handled by the dock workers, the ship had to sail with it.
source close to the Company said this shipment was from the
United Stateb of America and the ship would not be allowed to
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take the meats back into the USA. As a result, it i& expected
that the shipment will be dumped at sea.
The boycott by SWWU has been interpreted by the Grenada Shipping
A,4ents (GSA) as an abrogation of the Agreement between SWWU and
GSA for the handling of cargo. In a press release issued on
foewmber let, GSA said there was no dispute with SWWU and the
-:nion did not have the right to choose which cargo it would handle.
T., the light of this, GSA said it was advising its Principals
"so that they may take appropriate action to protect their
A source close to GSA told NLWSLETT~ today (11th) that this
"appropriate action" has been the refusal of Shipping Lines
to accept cargo for Grenada. The source said there are now
coveral ships on the way to the island, but it was thought that,
'f the situation continues, there will be no cargo ship calls
it Grenada by early December.
SALARIES REVISION REPORT IN
The Report of the Commission appointed to review the salaries of
all Government monthly paid employees has been submitted to
Government but it is not known when it will be made public.
In a telephone conversation today (11th), Mr Curtis Strachan,
Secretary to the Commission, told NEBSLBETER, "All I am prepared
to say is that the Commissioners have completed their assignment
and have handed their Report to Government."
From another source it was learned that the Commissioners did
not hand their Report directly to the Governor General but to
Mr Strachan, and it is not known to whom he passed it.
Mr Straohan received the Report on Tuesday (8th) and it was being
studied at the Ministry of Finance on Wednesday (9th). It will
probably be considered by Cabinet next Wednesday (16th) and
tiere are hopes in Government employee circles that it will
De implemented by Christmas.
'hio composition of the Commission was Mr John Tyndall of the
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CARICOM Secretariat, Chairman, Mr Eldon Uathurin, also of the
CAIICOM Secretariat, Alternate-Chairman, Senator James Manwell,
Executive Secretary of the Trinidad & Tobago Public Services
Association and Mr Edwy Talma, former Deputy-Prime Minister of
Barbados. All the sittings of the Commission were held under
the chairmanship of Mr Mathurin.
NUTMEG PAY-OUT DEiAYED
The annual surplus payment of the Grenada Cooperative Nutmeg
Association (GCNA) has been delayed and producers will not
receive their cheques before the end of this month. "We are
still aiming at a Novembe 30th pay-out", Mr Robin Renwick, GCNA
Manager,told NEWSLhTTER today (11th), "but our accounting
machines are giving a lot of trouble and we may not be ready
before early December."
Nutmeg producers are given an advance paement on deliveries ef
nutmeg and mace, and the surplus payment is made after the books
are closed at the end of the trading year on June 30th. The
surplus to be paid out now is E0C4 million, this figure exceeding
lost year's surplus by EC$J million.
Mr Renwick told NEWSLETTER that, during the last trading year,
GONA had made advances of ECB32 per pound on nutmegs and EC$1.40
and ECW72 respectively on No I and No 2 quality mace. This
advance plus the surplus will give producers totals of EC$1.17,
BC$1.82 and ECj94 per pound respectively for nutmeg, No 1 and
No 2 quality mace.
Payments for these products were higher in the previous year and
stood at EC#1.28, ECD2.20 and E0$1.34 per pound. World prices
for nutmegs and mooe have been as high and sometimes higher
during the last trading year than during the trading year ending
June 30th 1976, and Mr Renwick was asked why, in the face of good
prices, the rates paid to producers are lower in 1977 than in 1976.
"Advances and surplus paid to producers are based on deliveries to
the Association', he said, "and during this past year we have had
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a record production increase of 63%. Por the year ending June
1976, payments had to be made on a crop of 4.1 million pounds
delivered to GCNA, while, in 1977, the division of available
profit must be made on a crop of 6.7 million pounds."'
Ir Renwick said money available for distribution is more this
year than last year but, because it is being distributed over
a larger crop delivered to the Association, the rate per pound
ACQUISITION CASE FOR PRIVY COUNCIL
A notice of Motion was lodged in the High Court on October 26th
by Grand Anse Estates Ltd seeking leave to appeal to the Privy
Council against the judgement of the Appeal Court given on
October 7th in favour of Government in a case involving the
acquisition by Government of 25 acres of land belonging to
Grand Anse Estates Ltd.
One of the main points in question in this case rests on the
matter of "full compensation" for the acquired property and, in
its judgement, the Appeal Court said the provisions of the Land
Acquisition Ordinance create "an infringement of a fundamental
right to full compensation enshrined in Section 6 (1) of the
The Appeal Court held, however, that although "the appellants'
rights have been infringed", the "Transitional Provisions" of
the Grenada Constitution state that "existing laws shall... be
construed ... to bring them into conformity with the
Constitution ..." and, as a result, "the acquisition is not
null and void."
Through the Company's Legal Counsel, Grand Anse Estates Ltd is
claiming that, because Government has not made "prompt and
full compensation" as required by the Constitution, the
acquisition of the land is unconstitutional and thus null and
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CAPITAL PUNISHMENT CO~FERhNCE
Grenada was represented at a conference held in Trinidad on 7th
and 8th November to discuss the abolition of the death sentence.
This conference was held at Mount St.Benedict and was under the
joint sponsorship of Amnesty International, the Caribbean Human
Rights & Legal Aid Company and the Trinidad & Tobago National
Committee for the Abolition of the Death Sentence.
Chairman of the corjerence was Dr Edwin Watkins, former Jadge of
Jamaica's Appeal Court and, in an exclusive interview with
NEWSLETTER at Mount St.Benedict on Tuesday (8th), Dr Watkins said
the conference had two objectives,
T1le first of these is to "mobilise the people of the Caribbean
in a great thrust designed to achieve the abolition of the death
aantence in the shortest possible time", and the second is to
produce a Report for an international conference on the abolition
of the death sentence to be held in Stockholm in December.
"So far as the first objective is concerned", said Dr Wtkins,
"the conference has been a tremendous success." Particularly,
the Chairman said, the right to life was consistently viewed by
the people at the conference in the w.der context of human rights
generally, and he said that the accounts of regional
representatives of the happenings in their respective territories
indicated how vigilant it has become for everyone to be in the
defence of basic human rights.
With reference to the ecoohd objective of the conference,
Dr Watkins said the deliberations would be gathered together in
the form of Resolutions which will go to the Stockholm conference.
"Among such Resolutions will be those affecting strategies to be
adopted for the propagation of the case for abolition in this
region", said Dr Waikins, "and there will also be recommendations
affecting improvements in the Legal Aid system, the removal of
deficiencies in the criminal process, and changes in social
attitudes which so considerably affect the chances of the poor in
trials before our Criminal Courts."
Delegates jo this conference came Jmom Jamaica, Dominica,
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St.Vincent, Grenada, Trinidad & Tobago, guyane amn Surinam.
Grenada was represented by Alister Hughes.
IRON & STEEL COMPANY GETS OFF GROUND
T,' Iron & Steel Company of Trinidad & Tobago (ISCOTT) began
i.s site filling programme at Point Li'sas in Trinidad's
'-dustrial south on October 17th. This information was
.iien to N-WSLLTTER this week during a brief visit to Trinidad,
i:. an exclusive interview with NEWSLETTER on Wednesday (9th),
tL G',orge Fraser, ISCOTT's Executive Vice-President for
Aminintration & Commercial Affairs, said the construction of
the Company's plant would be completed in three stages and
the plant would become fully operational by the middle of
l.o first stage is the 'direct reduction facility' which will
,tke 'sponge iron' and vhich will be completed during the
fCist quarter of 1979. The second stage is the steel
caking furnace or 'melt shop' where the material is cast into
billits, and the final stage is the rolling mill which,
ir Fraser said, will then be the newest and fastest rolling
mill of its type in the world.
Commenting on the significance of ISCOTT to the Caribbean
Community (CARICOM), Mr Fraser said the Company would offer
the region high quality wire and wire products at prices
lower than those products which must now be imported from
Japan, Europe and other supplying countries.
"These are high quality products which, normally, can be made
only in integrated facilities such as now exist in North
America, Europe and Japan", Mr Fraser said, "but, with the
availability of natural gas in Trinidad, it is possible to
produce these products using natural gas and the direct
a: auction method of steel-making in a relatively small
:-catity, that is, a half million tonA, and be competitive
,ia.tn these same products made in integrated facilities."
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Mr Praser said another benefit which would result to CARICOM is
what he called the "down-stream processing" of ISCOTT products.
"IISCOTT will produce the raw material in the form of wire rods",
he said, "and this can be shipped to any of the islands where it
can be drawn into finished products such as nails or wire. It
con be galvanized and made into chain-link fence, galvanized
mesh or BRC, all products which are now imported from the
According to Mr Praser, there is a deposit of ore in Trinidad but
it is ~aall and of low grade. Ore will, therefore, have to
be imported and arrangements have been made to draw supplies from
Brazil. It is expected that first supplies will arrive at the
Point Lisas plant in August 1979.
ISCOTT was formed on June 20th 1975 as a Trinidad & Tobago
Government owned Company with an authorized capital of TT$500
million. The plant has been estimated to cost US$280 million.
There are now 40 employees of the Company and the pay-roll will
increase to 1,200 when the plant becomes fully operational.
GliENADA PUBLISHEiRS LOSE iONEK
In a Report of the Directors of Grenada Publishers Ltd,
publishers of the twioe-wetkly "Torchlight" newspaper, it is
disclosed that, at 31st December 1976, the Company's indebtedness
to The Royal Bank of Canada and Barclays Bank International
totaled BG*105,782.00. At the same date, accrued charges en
these debts was EC057,29.0.0
This Report of the Directors accompanies a notice of the Company's
Annual General Meeting to be held on Nevember 17th, and the
shareholders have been supplied with a Balance Sheet and Profit
& Loss Account.
According to the figures given, the Company had "unrelieved
losses" of EC$113,105.00 at 31st December 1975, and to these
losses have been added EC$69,618.00 "unrelieved losses" incurred
during the year ending 31st December 1976, making a total loss of
LC$182,723.00 at the end of 1976. (continued)
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The attached Auditors Report says, "The Company has tlum*ed
substantial losses to date. Theae account be beees prepared,
however, on the normal going concern basis which assumes that
adequate funds will be provided to finance these and any future
Grenada Publishers Ltd has an authorised share capital of EC01
million divided into 200,000 ordinary shares of EC$5. Paid
up capital is represented by 33,468 shares making a total of
EC$167,340.00. In addition to publishing the "Torohlight",
the Company does job printing.
The Director's Report says, "Our association with Trinidad E~presa
Newspapers Ltd has been, and continues to be, of immense benefit
to the Company as a whole, and it is true to say that, had it not
been for their involvement, we may have long ceased to exist as
NEW AMATiaR RADIO CALL SIGNS
According to a ciraular from the Government Wireles Officer,
Mr Glyn Evans, aadio Amateur operators are to have now call signs
assigned to them. Until now, Amateurs have had calls with the
prefix "VP2G", stations being assigned calls from VP2GA, VP2GB,
VP2G0 etc. The new prefix is "J3", and calls will be assigned
from J3A, J3B, J3C etc. This change takes effect from
November slt 1977. (65 words)
The 3 S "Geestorest" sailed on November 8th with 23,994 boxes of
bananas weighing 714,941 lbs. The price paid by Geest Industries
to the Grenada Banana Cooperative Society (GCBS) was ECW29.628,
making a total of 1E0211,822.71. The price paid to growers by
GCBS was ECO14 on the weight of bananas received at the boxing
plants but this figure is not yet available. There were 296
boxes of rejected fruit.
The weight shipped by "Geestland" on November 1st was 609,202 lbe,
and the weight received at the boxing plants was 624,531 ibs,
making a difference of 15,329 Iba between boxing plant weight
and shipped weight.
The price paid by Geest on the shipment by "Geeetland" on
November let is not yet available.
CRUISE LINEK CALLS
One cruise liner called during the week ending November 5th.
This was the "Cuaard Countess" Tan aT with 580 paseogers
Alister ug es 11th November 1977