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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
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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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
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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.
-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
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the holding of a Coroner's Inquest into the death of Alister
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."
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 '*
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direct aid to Grenada! was-be.oe-se-oef a human Mright sitltAtion In
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
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...
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
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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.
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.
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During that year, membership rose to 265, an increase of nearly
77%, and purchases were made from a total number aq. prgoduers of
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
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
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
Lbs; Price Per lb
20,391 EB# 1.93
12,606 ', 2.03
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Lb? Price Per lb
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Brice Per lb
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.
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.
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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.
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Price Per lb