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THE GRINADA NEWSLkTTER
Por-The Week Endirn December 47th.1977
HOST : LET'S' NEGO~;TIE REPORT
The Minister of Finance, Mr George Hosten, has asked the Unions
representing Government monthly paid employees to consider the
Report of the Salariec Revision Commission as a basis for
The request was made at a meeting today (15th) with
representatives of the Civil Service Association (C'SA), the
Grenada Union of Teachers (GUT) and the Technical & Allied Workers
Union (TAWU), the three Unions having bargaining rights for
Government monthly paid workers, and a source close to the Unions
told NEWSLETTER after the meeting that Mr Hosten had attempted to
convince the Unions that Government is unable to find the funds to
implement the Report.
The Salaries Revision Commission was Eppointed last year after a
threat of industrial action was made by the three Unions. At
that time, Government gave an interim salary increase and it was
agreed that tkhe Commission's Report would be implemented on
January 1st 1977.
Heading; this:Commision wes. Mr Eldoa Matusin of .te .hilC' j.
Secretariat and with him were. Sector Jumes Manwpll, SesretaRy pt
the Trinidad & Tobago public Services Asaociati arnd Mr Edpy.
Talma, former Deputy Prime minister of Barbados. The Commission
held its first meeting on December 11th 1976 and its Report was
handed to Government on November 8th 1977.
The Commissioners' recommendations for salary increases range from.
1436 in the loweAt salary,grade to betwjep 60* aand 70y) in te.k tp
grades.. These increases are to be mtiplgmented, from Jany@ip-1
1977 and it is 'estimated that, before deduction of Income Tax,
back-pay to 31st December l977 will be over EC#8 million.
At a meeting of Civil 5ervante earFler, thi n.,ontm M eeagqge
Gairy sa.i the Commissioners were "wicked and ,maliqi.i" gy( e.
made these rcom~endations anb;he hintse that somebody espec;* d
to g.t a aot" fromw- theiterest~ pyable' on a: loan which had been
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offered to Government to meet this back-pay.
Following a letter written on December 1st by CSA, GUT and TAWU to
the Minister of Finance, Mr joaten met with representatives of the
Unions today (15th) and made his request that the Report of the
Salaries Revision Commission be considered as a basis for
In a press release issued this afternoon (15th), the Unions state
that they consider that negotiations ended in 1976 when the Salaries
Commission was agreed to. The release says that the record of
a meeting of 17th March 1976 states that the Unions' negotiating
tem was told by the leader of Government's negotiating team
that "...Government is prepared to accept in principle the
findings of a Salaries Commission ...", and the release says
further that "..Governmext has at various forums publicly
acknowledged their commitment to implement the recommendations."
"We wish to reiterate-that the Commissioners reported that they
had taken into consideration the cost of living, Government's
ability to pay and comparable salaries of positions in the Private
Sector", says the press release, (and) "we wish to quote from the
Report the following, 'Our analysis of the situation does indicate
that the increases which we have recommended are the barest
minimum which are necessary to restore some semblance of value
to the pay of'Publid Servants.' "
It is disclosed by the press release that the disoussionswith
Mr Hdsten today (15th) were tengty but that both sides retained
their positions. The release says, however, that the Unions
have "aade it cl6ar to Goverynent that their only interest at the
moment wal the impleintation- 6t the Report sa. sA6stet6d and
at the earliest possible date." .
APPEAL COURT JUDGE TO ARBITRAtE
:l? Justice Elwin St.Bernard, Judge of the Appeal Court of the
Associated States and Grenada, has been appointed as a one-man
arbitratorr in the outstanding dispute betweeh'Jonas Browne &
*."r6 Ltd and the Commercial & Industrial Workers Union (CIWU).
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During a go-slow instituted in October by CGI~ against 1ubbarda,
the Company dismissed seven workers, allegedly for unsatisfaotery
service. The go-slow was instituted to support the Union's
claim for a cost-of-living allowance but, when this claim was
settled satisfactorily, the case of the seven dismissed workers
still remained in dispute as the Union regarded the Company's
action as victimization.
Efforts by the Labour Commissioner and Minister of Labour to
settle this dispute were unsuccessful and the Union and the
Company agreed to accept either Dr Zin Henry, International
Labour Organisation representative in the region, or Mr Justice
Elwin St.Bernard to arbitrate the matter.
Hearings before Mr St.Bernard begin on Monday 19th December.
sCOTLAND YAHO IN. REDIADA
Two Scotland Yard detectives were in Urenada last week
investigating circumstances around a development scheme launched
in Grenada in 1974.
It is alleged that an Englishman, Mr Anthony Thirsk, and two
Grenadians were Directors of a Company formed to develop a
399-plot residential area at Corinth in the Parish of St.Davids
on Grenada's east coast. These plots were to be sold to
Grenadlans resident in the United Kingdom and Thirak is said :t
have borrowed 250,000 from an English bank to finance the
Down payments by buyers are said to have amounted to about
23,000 and, sometime in 1974, Thirsk is reported to have left
England for Barbados ti reside and operate the development from
that island. Later, Thirsk was known to be resident in
St.Vincent, but his present whereabouts and how the Company's
finances have beae disposed of is unknown.
While in Grenada, the Scotland Yard detectives interviewed
persons associated with the Corinth dev4sopment scheme, including
a local firm of contractoas, but .t is not known how successful
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their investigations were.
PRIME MINISTEa GAIRY POACHES FROM CIWU (?)
A source close to the Commercial & Industrial Workers Union (CIWU)
told NEWSLLTTER today (15th) that Prime Minister Gairy has been
holding separate meetings with both employers and employees in
what seems to be a move to undermine the representation of CIWJ.
The course said the meetings were held last week and Mr Gairy
had suggested that the union of which he is President-General-
Fcr-Life, the Grenada Manuel, Maritime and Intellectual Workers
Union (GM.IWU), should be the union representing workers in the
It is reported that over 500 workers from 35 firms were invited
to meet the Prime Minister and that 75 workers from 17 firms
attended the meeting. For the meeting with employers, the
managers of the same 35 firms were asked to attend and 18
accepted the invitation. NEWSLETTER could not get these
figures verified nor is the outcome of the meetings known.
Queried today (15th), Mr Eric Pierre, President of the Commercial
& Industrial Workers jnion, said he was aware of the meetings
called by the Prime Minister, but no reports had reached him
of any pressure being put on members of CIWU to join GMMIWU.
Mr Pierre said the situation is being watched.
T A MARRYSHOW MEMORIAL CUP
Jamaica born University of the West Indies Resident Tutor in Grenada,
Mrs Beverley Steele, has announced the annual award of a trophy which
will be known as the "T A Marryshow Memorial Cup." This award,
which is being donated by Mrs Steele in her capacity of Resident
Tutor, honours the memory of Grenadian patriot and statesman,
Theophilus Albert Marryshow, and will be presented each year to the
student who achieves the highest grades in the GCE Cambridge "0"
level examinations in Grenada.
.- first student tQ gain this award is 16-year-old Suzanne Smith,
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daughter of Mr & Mrs Leonard Smith, who gained 5 distinctions, 2
credits and 1 pass in the 1977 examinations. At the time of-
the examination, Suzanne was a student at the St.Joseph's Convent
High School, and she had a previous accomplishment in the fact
that, five years ago when she took the Common Entrance Examination
from the St.Louis Primary School, she placed first in the island.
Mr Leonard Smith, who is Assistant Manager of the local branch of.
Cable & Wireless (WI) Ltd, also has a background of academic
.success in that, in winning a scholarship to .he Grenada Boys'
Secondary School in 1930, he gained the highest marks of all the
entrants to the scholarship examination.
Another member of the family with a brilliant academic record is
Suzanne's brother Angus. Angus was Grenada's Island....
Scholarship winner in 1975 and is now studying at the London
School of Accountancy.
In on exclusive interview with NEWSLETTER yesterday (15th),
Mrs Beverley Steele said that, while T A Marryshow is known as
"The Father of Federation" and the "Prince of Westindian
Journalists", the cup she was presenting did not seek to
commemorate Marryshow in these roles but rather to pay tribute to
his academic background.
"Academic excellence was a definite facet of Marryshow's life",
she said, "and this cup is intended to be an incentive to
youngsters to strive after excellence in their studies."
Mrs Steele said that 1978 marks the 20th anniversary of T A
Marryshow's death, and she thought it fitting that the
presentation to Suzanne Smith will take place early next year..
According to a Statement of the EastCaribbean Currency Authority
(EOCA) published in the Government Gazette of December 9th,.potee
in circulation on 30th September 1977 amounted to EC$55,777,965.00o
At that date, coin in circulation was EC$6,454,277.00 .
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Total Demand Liabilities of ECOA (including notes and coin in
circulation) were EC$93,547,633.00 and additional liabilities
listed are Bankers Deposits E0C73,889,691.00, General Reserve
EC$7,193,741.00, Special deserve EC$3,093,120.00 and Other
Total External Assets are listed as EC$152,564,496.00, of which
the major part is represented by Fixed Deposits & Money At Call
EC0133,562,353.00. Internal Assets are Participating
Governments' Securities Including Treasury Bills 3Ec25,512,063.00,
and Other Assets EC$4,920,624.00.
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CRUISE LINER CALLS 4f\
During the week ending December 10th, three cruise liners called
at Grenada. These were the "Cunard Countess" on Tuesday 6th
with 705 passengers and the "sun Viking" on Saturday 10th with
563 passengers. The "Angelina Lauro" visited on Wednesday
7th but the statistics covering her passengers is not yet
available from the authorities.
NIWdjLITTER regrets that no statistics relative to banana
shipments are available for inclusion in this issue. It is
hoped that these can be published in next week's issue.
For purposes of record, the following figures are t6 be
Shipment of 22nd November. The boxing plant weight.
Shipment of 29th November. The boxing plant weight.
Shipment of December 5th The boxing plant weight and the price
paid by Geest Industries. Ltd to the Grenada Banana Coperative
Shipment of December 12th The name of the ship, number of
boxes, weight, rejects, the price paid by Geest to the Society
and the price paid by the Soci ty to growers.
a hAlister Hughes
16th December 1977