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Title:
The Grenada newsletter
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v. : ill. ; 36 cm.
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English
Publisher:
A. & C. Hughes
Place of Publication:
St. George's, Grenada, West Indies
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twenty no. a year
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completely irregular

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Grenada

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Dates or Sequential Designation:
Began in 1973.
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Description based on surrogate of: Vol. 11, no. 1 (Jan. 22, 1983); title from caption.

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Altater Hughes
P 0 Box 65
St.Georges
Grenada C
WESTIiDIIES
THE GRENADA NAISLETTER
For The Week Ending 10th December 1977

GAIRY: SALARY COMMISSIONERS "WICKED & MALICIOUS"

At a meeting of some 60 Civil Servants on Tuesday (6th) Prime

Minister Gairy indicated that Government will not accept the

Report of the Government appointed Commission charged with

reviewing the salaries of all Government monthly paid employees

and making recommendations.


The Report was handed to Government on November 8th and its

recommendations for salary increases range from 1439 in the lowest

salary grades to 70I in the top grades. These salary increase

are to have effect from January 1st 1977, and Prime Minister

Gairy told the meeting of Civil Servants that, in recommending

these increases which would result in over EC$8 million to be

given in back-pay, the Commissioners had been "wicked and

malicious."


Mr Gairy said also that his Government has been offered a loan of

Ec110 million to meet this back-pay, and he hinted that somebody

expected to get a "cut" from the interest payable on the loan.

The Commission was headed by Mr Eldon Mathurin of the CARICOM

Secretariat and the other two members were Mr Edwy Talma, former

Deputy Prime Minister of the Barbados Government and Senator

James Manswell, Secretary of the Trinidad & Tobago Public Services

Association. In their Report, the Commissioners said their

recommendations for salary increases "...are the barest minimum

which are necessary to restore some semblance of value to the pay

of Public Servants ..."

On December 1st, the three tradeunions representing Government

monthly paid employees, The Civil Service Association, The

Grenada Union of Teachers and the Technical & Allied Workers

Union, wrote the Minister of Finance, Mr George Hosten, stating

that, within a week, they would like to start discussions on the

implementation of the Report. A source close to the Unions

told NLWSLITTER today (9th) that-no reply has as yet been

received. (292 words)
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Alister Hughes
THE GREPADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 10.42.77


WILMA CONCERNNH QVIER ST aEfGS _ME AL U8__oL

The Windward And Leeward Islands Medical Association (WILMA) has

expressed "grave concern" with respect to the availlabiiltyof

medical facilities provided in the medical education programme

of the St.Georges University School of Medicine which is located

at "True Blue" on Grenada's south coast.

This is disclosed in a press release of the Grenada Medical

associationn (GMA) dated December 6th, and the release says

that, at a recent conference of WILMA held in St.Vincent,

Dr Charles Modica, a lawyer and Chancellor of the School of

Medicine, was invited to address the meeting. Dr Modica

told the meeting that the Faculty of the School now numbers

76, full and part time, and there are 340 students representing

23 countries of which the majority come from the U S A.

According to GMA, however, of the 76 Faculty Members, "..very

few are doctors with a medical degree," and the prime concern

of WILMA is the monitoring of the School's standards, "..since
the School is NOT affiliated to any recognized or accredited

University in the USA, regionally or etLswhere.'

The meeting decided that WILMA will assist GMA in monitoring the

medical standards of the School and a source close to GMA told

NhWSLLTTER that the proposal is now being studied that a five-

man board be appointed to monitor the School's standards.
Two members of this Board would be appointed by the School and

three by WILMA. It was also decided that WILMA will take

over all future negotiations regarding the credibility of the

School of Medicine.

Also in connection with the School of Medicine, an announcement

appearing in the December 8th issue of the Government controlled

"West Indian" newspaper says that "Government has ensured that

scholarships are provided annually for suitably qualified

;renadian citizens to attend the School." These scholarships

will be awarded on the recommendation 0?f the Government, the

announcement says, and applicants are invited to apply in

citing not later than December 15th. The entry requirements













Aliater Hughes
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER.,- *al Eming a t0.11 -,71
Page I
of the applicants are set out..

According to the Agreement entered into by the Government of

Grenada and St.GeOrgea University School of: Medioine Ltd, the
School will give five scholarships a year, to students B eleete
by the Government and the School will also give two-year pre-

medical scholarships tenable at the University of the aest Indijs

or any other institute chosen by the School.

Under the terms of the Agreement with the Government, Mesare

Patrick F Adams, Edward McGowan and Louis J Modica have the
sole and exclusive charter for a medical school in arenada and,
under Government sanction, this School has the power to confer the
degree of Doctor of Medicine.
(433 words)


-HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL CONDEMNS INACTIO

At a meeting on November .8th, the Grenada Human Rights Council
unanimously adopted a Resolution condemning the "inaction of the

Minister of National Security and the Commissioner of Police."

The Resolution referred to an .incident on June 19th of this year
when the Grenada Defence Force, firing automatic weapons, broke up
a demonstration of the opposition People's Alliance undertaken in
support of the preservation of Human Rights, then being discussed
at the meeting of the Organisation of American States being held
in Grenada at that time. 'On this occasion, several persona
were beaten by members of the Defence Force, and a young man,

Alister Strachan, is alleged to have jumped into the sea to
escape a beating. His body was recovered the next day.

The Resolution of the Human Aights Council stat.es that "... the
Governor General, the only person authorized to call out the

soldiers under the provisions of Section 5 of the Grenada Miiitary
Force Act 1976, the Minister of National Security, the Minister
responsible for the legal protection.of citizens of this. country,
and the Commissioner of Police, the person responsible for the due
enforcement of law .and order, have all failed to reply to letters
from this Council expressing concern and calling for an
investigation into the said incidents with particular emphasis on
(continued)










Alister Hughes
THE GREADA NEWSLETTER YTeek' Ending 10.12.77
Page 4 ''

the holding of a Coroner's Inquest into the death of Alister

Strachan."


The Council "registers its disgust at and disapproval of the

failure of the Governor General to discharge his constitutional

responsibilities and his apparent unconcern for the Pundamental

Rights and Freedoms of the citizens, and condemns, in very cogent

terms, the inaction of the Minister of National Security and the

Commissioner of Police in failing and/or refusing to carry out

investigations into the above incidents with a view to

instituting appropriate disciplinary action and to take the A

necessary step to initiate a Coroner's Inquest into the death

of Allster Strachan."
(316 words)


PRESIDENT CARTER GRATEFUL FOR GRENADA'S SUPPORT FOR HUMAA RIGHTS

AAt a meeting at the White House in Washingto '-bn November 22td,

President Jimmy Carter told His 'xcellency kinklin O'Brien

Dolland, Grenada's Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentary

to the United States that the United States is "grateful for the

strong support Grenada has given basic human rights issues in

international fore ..."

This is reported in the December 8th issue of the Government
controlled "West Indian" newspaper, and the news item says

further that President Carter told Mr Dolland that the United

States is looking forward to working with Grenada to encourage

observance of human rights throughout the world.


The "West Indian" says, "This. recognition by the United States

of America, one of the big powers in the world today, goes a

long way in removing doubts in the minds of potential investors

and would-be visitors to Grenada about the basic human rights

situation in the country."

The "West Indian" continues, "It should also clear the air on

tve report by Reuter-Cans of an interview in Guyand with U S

Ambassador Terrenoe Todman, Assistant Secretary of State for-

Int.r-American Affairs, which might have' conveyed the false
impression that 'America was notatt the moment undertaking any
Mocr;';n u^nn '*










Alister Hughes
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTBR Wtek Entdng 10.12.79
Page .z5
direct aid to Grenada! was-be.oe-se-oef a human Mright sitltAtion In

Grenada.
(467 word)


CIWU WANTS EARLY ACTION ON ARBITRATION

In a letter written on bar 7th to the Minister of Labour,

Senator Roy St.John, the Commercial & Industrial Workers Union

(CIWU) st ated that it has been in touch with the Commissioner of

Labour, Mr Robert Robinson, in connection with the arbitration
matter pending between .the union and Jonas drowne & Hubbard Ltd,

and, the union said it "cannot; get anything concrete on the matter"

During a go-slow called by the union at Hubbards last month,
seven workers were discharged by the Company and the union and the

Company have decided that the matter of the reinstatement of these
workers will be decided by a one-man arbitration tribunal. Two
persons were decided on, either one of which would be acceptable
as the arbitrator, and these were Dr Zin Henry, International-

Labour Organisation representativein .the region, and 'Mr Jstice :
Elwin St.Bernard of the _sao.ciated States and.' rena4d Court of

Appeal.

It is not known whether either of these persons have agreed to
accept the appointment but, to date (9th), the Tribunal has not
been set up and, in its letter to the Minister of Labour, CIWU

said it would like "some definite and early action...
(189 words)


MINOR SPICES COOPERATIVE PROSPERS

A marketing venture which was launched five years ago is doing
well and bringing profits to an -increasing number of small
farmers. This venture in the Minor Spices Cooperative
Marketing Society Ltd,and, according to the Report of the

Committee of Management for the year .ending September 30th 1977,
the net surplus on the trading for this year shows an increase
of 68% over the figure for the previous year.

The Minor Spices Cooperative Marketing society Ltd was registered

on June 15th 1971 with seven members who took over from the














Alister Hughes
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week nAding 10,12.77
Page 6

operations of the .1enada'Int't-Church Council (IC). In 1969,

the ICC commenced to buy spices (other than nutmegs and mace)
from small producers for shipment abroad and, after deducting

overhead costs, the profits on the operation were handed over to
the original vendors. By 1971, the venture was sufficiently

developed to be turned over to the spice producers, and it was

then that the Minor Spices Cooperative Marketing Society Ltd

came into being.

The operations of the Society are similar to those of the
Grenada Cooperative Nutmeg Association (GCNA) in that the Society

makes cash advances to its members on the basis of current
market prices and, at the end of the trading year, the surplus

on the year's operations is paid to members on the basis of their

original sales to the Society.

However, one basic difference exists between the operations of
the Society and those of GCNA. .While the law provides that

GCNA is the only exporter of nutmegs and mace, there is no such

limitation on the products handled by the Minor Spices
Cooperative Marketing Society, so that, in addition to purchases

from members through cash advances, the Society also makes
outright purchases of spices from non-members.
*Comeatition
Another factor which comes into play as a result of the fact that

there is no law governing the export of spices other than nutmegs

and mace, is that the Society faces competition in the local
market. This competition comes from two or three big

individual exporters, and it is a measure of the Society's

success that the volume of its exports is at least as big as

any other exporter.

The products in which the Society is interested are, principally,

Cinnamon,Cloves, Clove Stems and Pimento, and, during its first

year of operation, purchases were made of these products from
'17 producers, of which only 7.were members. By 1975,

membership had risen to 153 and there were 11 other producers

from whom purchases were made. The year ending 30th

.-ntember 1977 showed a great increase over these figures.
(continued)









Alister Hughes
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 10.12.77
Page 7
During that year, membership rose to 265, an increase of nearly

77%, and purchases were made from a total number aq. prgoduers of
over 500.

At the end of the last trading year, the total assets of the

Society stood at EC635,152.17 while liabilities were EC#25,14.19..
Advances and outright purchases during the last trading year

totalled EC$25,545.45 and trading for the period realized a net
surplus of-EC$13,904.28. The net-surplus for 1976 was

BEc8,276.91
No Prdfeasina
Mr R L Pergusin, Manager/Secretary of the Society, told
NEWSLETTER that there is an increasing world wide demand fo''the
Society's products.. "At the moment, our main shipments go to
Holland, the United Kingdom, Argentina, Canada and the CARICOM
countries", he said, "but we have inquiries from many other
countries, including India and the Par East, which we cannot take
care of now."


Mr Perguson said the
of the annual volume
of products handled.
products is done now
this connection.


Society hoped to see, not only an expansion

of trade, but also a widening of the range
He s id albo that no processing of
but that experiments are being conducted :in


Purchases and sales of the Society over the period 1972 to 1977
are as follows

GMHatMO "


Purchases
Lbs; Price Per lb
-

20,391 EB# 1.93
12,606 ', 2.03
191 2.20
7,002 :'-2.80


.ab es *
Lb? Price Per lb



.17,940 EB02.23
7,548 2.88
5,073 3.10
7,805 3.2&

(continued)


1972
1973
1974
1975
1976
1977









Alister Hughes
THl GRUIADA NEWSLETTER -'Week
Pasge 8


Ending 10.12.77


CLOVIS


1972
1973
1974
1975
1976
1.977


1972
1973
1974
1975
1976
1977


7.972
;373
1974
1975
1976
1977


Lba
2,699
12,543
20,592
4,160
4,826
854



3,079
.163
4,105
oo00
237


Brice Per lb
EC$3.25
3.25
3.68
4.20
5.73
8.20


LhA
2,700
12,547
15,468
10,750
2,j12
3,138


CLOVE STEMS


2,460

4,480
580
915
PImEaTO -


1.89
3.00


The Manager of the Society pointed out to NEWSLETTER that, since
1975, the cloye prop has been poor but that indications are that
the current year will be good.
(800 Woras)

SCIWU dEESjRATE8 2 iT iAaNVERbARY
The Commercial & Induetrial Workers Uniod will oelibrate its
21St anniversary of founding on Monday 1Mth December. A
social function had been organized for that date arid Ur Erio
Pierre, President of CIWI told NEWBLETTER today (8th) that
IM V A Stanford, PresAdent-General of the Trinidad & ,tobago.
rn'amiroial & Indtstrial Wofker Union is expected to attend.
R # (57 words)

BANANA SIIPMENTS
The S S "Geestorest" piled on December 5th with 18,415 boxes
of bananas-weighing 554,711 Lbs .. The ptice paid by Geest
Industries'is not available but the Grenada Banana Cooperative
Society paid producers EC!14 per pound on the weight of bananas
at the boxing plants.' This weight is not yet available.
There were 140 boxes of rejected fruit.r-- y,
on the shipment on November 29th, Geest paid EC028.346 and the
Society paid producers ECt14. The Society paid this price also
cn the shipment on November 22nd. Other statistics are not yet
-vallable. ## t ?
CRUISE LIMIR CALLS a
Criise liners calling during the week ending December 3rd were
Roterdant"50th, 860 passengers, "Statendam" 27th, 718 passengers,
"Monarch Star 29th,_i passengers, "Cunard Countess 29th 531 passengers.
. j e ter Hughes 9.12.77


Salea ,
Price Per lb
Ec$3.68
4.14,
4.55
4.96
8 785
8.85


1.30

1.20
1,74
1.00


3.54
5.68




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