Volume 6 -inmber 30
For The Week ending Uovember 25th 1978
-6th Year of Publication - - 194th Issue
produced & printed by Alister & Cynthia Hughes
P 0 Box 65, St.Georges, Grenada, Westindies
SUGAR FACTORY TO BE NATIONALISED V
Government is to do all in its power "to effect a complete and
immediate takeover" of the Grenada Sugar Factory. 'his is,
reported in the Government owned Iewspaper, "-he West Indian" In it.
issue of November 23rd.
The paper reported a meeting held on November 20th by Prime Mioieter
Gairy with the Cane Farmers Association, at which meeting cane
farmers expressed dissatisfaction with the amount of profit available
for distribution to them under an agreement thqy have with the
Grenada Sugar Factory.
This agreement, which came into .force last year, is that the Factory
buys canes from the farmers at EOC40 per ton and, at the end of the
crop, distributes a portion of the net profits (after tax) to the
farmers. The agreement states that 10% of the net profits (after
tax) goes to the shareholders, 60% of the remainder is paid to cane
farmers and the balsnao is retained by the factory.
The cane farmers -: of which there are about 500 are dissatisfied
with the amount of EC$3.77 per ton which, according to the Grenada
Sugar Factory Ltd, is the amount due to them at the epd of the crop
which closed in June 1,978. In June 1977, the amount paid was
EC#8.63 per ton and, according to the "West Indian", cane farmers
ave expressed the view that the Company is "increasing its profits
from the sale of sugar and its by-pro4t s.at the expense of the cane
The paper said also that the view was expressed that cane farmers are
not shareholders of the Grenada Sugar Factory Ltd, and that they Are
" totally against any monies due to the cane farmers being used for
any repair work to the sugar factory."
rime Minister Gairy told the cane farmers, the "West Indian'" a~d,
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Ithat he "lamented the fact they had been so shabbily treated
by the management of the Grenada Sugar Factory", and expressed
concern over what the paper called the "plight of the farmers."
He said that, since the cane farmers wished that the factory be
:IDIC;iIo oIoC ;OBOaDIaoioCI11O:OIIoIC CT 3i
S Grenada Sugar Factory Statistics [)
Canes Sugar To.ns Cane Price PaidU
0 Ground Produced To 1 Ton per Ton 0
QYear (Tons) (Tons) Sugar (ECj) n
.1951 33,180 2,758 12.030 12.37
952 21,429 1,905 11.249 12.85 Q
1953 22,511 2,1,07 10.684 12.85
U1954 26,717 2,529 10.564 12.85
1955 24,813 2,515 9.866 14.00 U
u1.956 15,868 1,434 11.065 13,00
1957 27,020 2,665 10.139 14.25 O
I: 01958 21,943 2,062 10.642 13.75 U
|1959 23,253 1,910 12.174 15.71
.,96a 9,374 839 11.1,73 15.00 U
.1961 9,597 896 10.711 14.00
U1962 9,231 824., 11.203 14.30
S1963 9,497 896 10.599 14.44
S1964 9,466 844 1i.216 16.00
j Q1965 15,033 1,354 11.103 16.00 n
S 11966 17,043 1,447 11.778 16.00 r]
[11967 18,988 1,742 1.0.900 16.00
11968 18,930 1,773 10.677 n/a
1.969 n/a 1,367 n/a n/a [
U1970 13,317 1,001 13.304 n/a
S1971 10,371 778 13.330 n/a
1972 9,323 595 15.669 n/a
1973 4,795 nil n/a.
01974 2,889 nil n/a U
01975 4,925 nil n/a
01976 5,905 n/a n/a n/a
Q1977 9,080 51.3 17.700 40.00
1t978 11,283 583 1,9.353 40.00
S Rum only produced 1973 to 1975
n/a = No.-available
taken over, "Government will do all in its power to ensure that
their wishes were met and that they participate fully in the
managementt and operations of the factory."
Request To Canada
I!r Galry disclosed that his Government has requested Cani.g8
|a~illion from the Canadian Government towards the resucit tion
THE GRA ADA NEWSLTLER Week lading 25.11.78 page 3
'of the Sugar Industry. He said that three small factories are to
ibe erected in country districts and that one has already arrived in
In an exclusive interview with NEWSLETTER on Tuesday (21st) Mr D M B
Cromwell, Managing Director of the Grenada Sugar Factory Ltd, said he
knew of the meeting Mr Gairy had had with the cane farmers on the day
before, but he didn't know what the outcome had been or what
Government intended to do. He did report, however, unusual
activti-; around the factory. "From about 9.35 this morning", he
said, 'policemen have been prowling around the sugar factory."
The Managing Director said that, that day (21st), he had been aaked
to meet senator Derek Knight, Minister without Portfolio, and hethad
done so. Representatives of the Cane Farmers Association had
been present and there had been discussions relative to the
distribution of profits to the cane farmers. "At that meeting",
said Mr Cromwell, "I asked Senator Knight about the policemen at the
factory, and his only response was to ask me whether we are willing
to sell tht factory to Government. I told him we would be only
too willing to do so."
The Grenada Sugar Factory Ltd was incorporated as a private Company
on 28th March 1934, commenced business on 21st September 1934 and
the factory began operations in 1937. By a resolution of the
Company passed on 29th April 1970, the Company was made public and
this had effect from July 1st of that year. According to the
return filed with the Registrar of Companies-for 1977, the Company
has 33 shareholders holding 65,033 shares at a nominal value of
EC*4.8G each. The largest shareholder is the Estate of S.A.
Francis with a holding of 21,750 shares.
Mr Cro'raell told NE WSLETTER that, with reference to. the complaints of
the cane farmers, it had to be understood that the circumstances
in which the "bonus" is paid this year are different from the
circumstances last year.
"The profit sharing arrangement with the cane farmer cane.into
operation on March 8th 1977", he said, "and that was the day before
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THE GRENADA NEW 4LTTE I Week Ending 25.11.78 Page 5
we started the 1977 crop. Four months later, we paid a
bonus of EC$8.63 per ton on that crop."
Mr Cromwell went on to explain that, for the 1978 crop, the
bonus was calculated on a 12 month period, from July 1977 to
June 1978. "This includes a period when the factory was
not producing", he said, "and the accounts on which the bonus
was calculated for 1978 have *Genada Sugar Factory
far more overhead expenses, to Profit Loaa
Year On Rum On Sugar
take aore of than the four -965 $ 87,001 $ 14,716
month rariod in 1977 on 1966 70,582 39,383
1967 47,790 17,660
which the bonus was
1968 52,505 1I,477
calculated for that year." 1969 40,572 33,106
1970 54,001 239,523
NEWSLE'TTER understands that ____ __
Government has questioned certain aspects of the Company's
accounts and that a representative of the Company's auditors,
Messrs Peat, Marwick, Mitchell. & Company, is expected to
arrive in Grenada shortly for discussions..
NEWSLETTER is advised that cane sugar producers expect a
return of one ton of sugar to seven to ten tons of cane
ground. The information has also been given that it is
uneconomical to operate a factory handling less than 25,000
tons cf cane per annum. Not since 1957.has the factory
handled this weight of cane and, for the last eight years, the
number of tons required to produce one ton of cane has shown
an upward swing. In 1.978, it stands at 19.353.
BGWU DEMANDS IM ,lDIATE REPLY FROM BARCLAYS /
The President of the Bank & General Workers Union (BGWU), Mr Vincent
poel, .ill call on the Manager of Barclays Bank, Mr P R Davies-Evaas.
this afternoon/to get a reply as to whether or not the Bank
ecogntiasL that Union as the sole bargaining agent for its
This information was conveyed to Mr Davies-Evans in a letter to the
Bank today (24th), and this development comes in the wake of an
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exchange of letters between the Bank and the Union, and the
disn. isal of one of the Bank's employees on Thursday (23rd).
This matter had its origin in a letter written to Barclays on
23rd October last. Signed by a committee of the Bank's
employees (not the Union), this letter asked that management
discuss with the committee the question of salary increases.
There was no reply to this letter and, in protest, a 'go-slow'
was instituted on 23rd and 24th October. This was followed
by a 'sick o-ut' on October 26th, following which the management
of Barclsys calLed a staff meeting and informed the employees,
that two representatives of Barclays Head Office in Barbados
would come to Grenada for discussions with the staff.
A tao-man team from Head Office met the employees.' committee on
October 30th, but it was not a fruitful meeting. It is
reported that the committee was told that they were not a properly
.constituted body and it was not possible to hold discussions with
The BGWU has been in existence since 18th April 1977 and,
shortly after that date, efforts were made to gain recognition
as the bargaining agent for Barclays' workers. These efforts
failed, however, and BOWVJ officials allege that "intimidatory
tactics" on the part of Barclays management forced many
employees to withdraw their membership from the Union.
|Following the alleged rebuff by the Head Office team, many
Barclays eiloyees joined BGWU and, on November 6th, a
collectively signed letter was sent to the management of the
Bank advici ng that BGWUJ is their bargaining agent. This
was 'followed by a letter from the Union on November 10th,
making of:::i.tal application for recognition.
Officials of the Union allege that, at this stage, Bank workers
wlho are members of BOWU were victimisedd". Some were moved,
it is said, to do junior jobs, and arrangements were made to
transfer ore to Guyana. The Head Office team returned but
their visit did not improve the situation. It is reported
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that the team was hostile, abusive and uncooperative.
On Friday November 17th, Mr Davies-Evans had a meeting with Prime
Minister Gairy. It is reported that the Managers of the Royal
Bank of Canada, the Bank of Nova bcotia and the Canadian Imperial
Bank of Commerce were also at that meeting and that the industrial
climate at Barclays was discussed. The decisions reached at that
meeting are not known, but an announcement was made over the
Government controlled Radio Grenada. This announcement
appeared also in the issue of 23rd November of the Government owned
"West Indian" newspaper.
"Government is concerned by reports appearing in the Press of certain
irregular industrial activities of some bank employees", the
announcement said. "The sick-outs and go-slow will not only
disturb the services: of a certain bank and the services of the
Community, but cause great hardship to the people who have to use
the facilities of the bank."
The announcement added that these "irregular activities" don't
embarrass the bank's management but cause disruption throughout the
community, and Government's first responsibility is to ensure that
people dealing with the banks will not. be embarrassed at any time by
the action of the clerical staff of any bank.
"The matter of sick-outs is being looked at with interest", the
announcement concluded, "and, if necessary, Government will take the
necessary steps to ensure that the public does not suffer as a result
of the activities of communist inspired persons."
On the same day of the meeting with the Prime Minister, Barclays
wrote BGWU advising that the application for recognition was
Receiving consideration and that a reply would be forwarded as soon
as possible. The Union replied on the 22nd expressing
dissatisfaction with the delay, and calling on Barclays to recognize
BSWU by Monday 27th November.
The BGWU President, Mr Vincent Noel, denied to NEWSLETTER that day
(22nd) that his letter to Barclays was an ultimatum, but he felt tht
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the matter was not being dealt with by the Bank axpeditosnly.
i"The letter from Barclays. saying that they are giving consideration
;to our request for recognition is. simply a time stalling device",
ihe said, "because the Bank has incontrovertible evidence, in the
form of collectively signed letters from the workers, that we
represent well over 50% of the workers."
Sin a telephone conversation, Ar DsviesaEvans told NEWSLETT R that
there is no substance in the charge that the Bank is stalling.
"These matters have to be decided.by our Head Office in Barbados",
he said, "and time is needed." The Manager said that
consideration had to be given to the classes of worker employed
by the Bank, and whether, in their claim to represent more than
50% of the workers, the Union had taken the senior employees
'here was a new development on Thursday (23rd). Mr Carl
Griffith, reported to have been employed by Barclays for 3L years,
is said to have been told by management that he was dismissed
because of incompetence. This brought two repercussions.
First, on Friday (24th), Mr Griffith filed a charge against
Barclays in the Courts that the Bank "did, with a view to compel
the Complainant to cease to be a member of a registered Trade
Union, to wit, the Bank & General Workers Union, dismiss the
Complainant from its employ."
This charge is made under Section 23 (1) of the Trade Unions &
Trade Dispute Act, and is to be heard in the Magistrate'a Court
on December 14th.
The other repercussion is that, because of Mr Griffith's
dismissal, BGWU has decided that it will not wait until Monday
(27th) to have Barclay's. decision as to whether or not it will
grant recognition. In a letter to Mr Davies-Evans today (24th)
BGWU President, Mr Noel; said he would call at the Bank at 4.30 pm
today to have the Bank's reply. At the time of going to press,
neither Mr Noel nor Mr Davies-Evans was available for comment on
Mr Noel's visit to the Bank.
THE GRENADA HEWSLETTER Week Rnding 25.1i.78 page 9
In the mean time, .4IhWLEiTER2 is reliably informed that Barclays has
agreed that the Labour Commissioner will conduct a poll at the Bank
on Monday (27th) to ascertain whether BGSU represents a majority of
TRIBUNAL ARBITRATES 5JWU/PHOIE CO DISPUTE V
The Tribunal appointed to arbitrate the dispute between the Grenada
Telephone Co Ltd and the Technical & Allied Workers Union (TAWU) had
its first sitting on Tuesday (21 st) and is expected to complete its
hearings by this week end.
The dispute exists because the Company says it cannot consider
proposals for increases now. TAWU demands., on the other hand,
in addition to allowances and uniforms, an increase of 45-/ on
salaries andwages. up to EC#599 per month. On salaries from
ECt600 to EC#900, the demand is for a 35% increase, and, over EC$900,
In a letter to TAWU, dated July 1.4th, the Company said "the present
financial and other circumstances of the Company" do not permit
entertainment of demands for wage increases.
Members of the Tribunal are Mr Adrian Date, Chairman, Mr George
Brizan nominated by the Union and Mr Eamon Delreitas nominated by
the Company. Mr E A Heyliger, Legal Advisor :to the Government,
is presenting the Company'B case while Mr Curtis Steart, TAWU
president, represents the Union.
TAWU HAS TWO.PENDING ARBITRATIONS /
Mr Curtis Stewart, President of the Technical & Allied Workers Union
(TAWJ) told NEWSLETTER today (23rd) that his union has disputes with
both the Central Water Authority and Grenada Electricity Services
Limited. These matters, he said, will be settled by Tribunals
under the Essential Services Act.
"We are still awaiting word from the Labour Commissioner regarding
the setting up of the Tribunal to deal with the Central Water
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Authority matter", he said, "and, as far as the -Eletricity
Company is concerned, we have not yet agreed on the terms of
GOVERNMENT BIDS TO BUY INTO HOTEL COMPANY
The Government of Grenada has entered into a contract to buy 565
of the shares of the Horse Shoe Bay Hotel Company.
This pending transaction has not yet been made public, but
NEWSLETTER is reliably informed that these shares are the property
of Mrs Vivienna Hanson, a Grenadian now resident in New Jersey,
U S A, and she has accepted Government's offer of EC4450,000 for
Horse Shoe Bay Hotel, located at Lance aux Epines on Granada's
south coast, is reported to have been losing money. A source
close to the hotel told NEWSLETTER, however, that bookings are
now good and that the Company is doing well.
CXC TEAM VISITS
A team from the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) arrived in
Grenada last Sunday (19th) as part of a promotional tour for the
CXC examinations due to be introduced next year.
The team, which comprised Mrs Monica Skeete, Miss Esther Burrowes.
and Mr Leton Thomas, held discussions with principals of secondary
schools and students and parents of students attending these
schools.. The team explained the working of the examinations,
answered questions and sought to.promote interest in the
The proposal is that the CXC examinations replace the Cambridge
General Cartificate of Education examination now taken in
Commonwealth Caribbean secondary schools, and a source close to
the Ministry of Education said Grenadian students have the option
of taking the CXC examination for the first time in 1980.
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTjIR Week Ending 25.41.78 Page, 11
The source told NEWS LTTER that, in addition to being an examination
tailored to meet Westindian needs, the CXC examination has a feature
which the Cambridge examination does not. "Thirty percent ofthe
candidate's marks will come from continuous assessment in the class
room", the source said, "and 70% will be gained'from the examination"
The source said that, when the CXC examinations have been fully
introduced, the continuous assessment will begin in form 2 and will
continue for 5 years until the examination. In the special
circumstances existing at the introduction of the examination,
however, Grenadian students will be assessed over four terms. "Prom
January next", he said, "only four terms remain until the 1980
examinations, and assessment will have to start from then."
The CXC team left Grenads on Wednesday (22nd).
The S S "Geesttide" sailed on November 20th with 15,235 boxes of
bananas weighing 492,563 lbs. There were 462 boxes of rejected
fruit. The Grenada Banana Copperative Society (GBCS) paid
producers ECOi4 per pound on the weight of fruit received at the
boxing plants., but this figure is not yet available.
Also not yet available is the price paid by Geest Industries Ltd
to GBCS on this shipment.
The boxing plant weight on the shipment by "Geestorest" of November
14th was 664,462 lbs. The price paid by Geest on that shipment
was LCf 30.703.
The total weight of bananas shipped to date, in 1978, is 29,312,175
lbs. \ OM
CRUISE LINM CALLS I I
During the week ending November 18th, three cruise liners called
at Grenadas They were the "Fair Wind" on November 13th with
894 passengers and the "Angelina Lauro" on November 15th with 756
passengers. The "World Renaisance" berthed on November 15th, but
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Her-complbment of paSangerslas not yet Known.
NUTMEG & MACE SHIPMENTS
For the first four months of the trading year July 1978 to June
1979, the Nutmeg Industry earned over EC$3.4 million in foreign
exchange. Of this, sum, shipments of nutmeg accounted for over
ECt3 million and the balance was earned by shipments of mace.
Shipments Nutmegs & mace, July-October 1978
Weight Value Weight Value
uly (bs) C (Iba) EC
SNutmega 260,640 629,179.78
Mace 35,920 104,484.25
SNutmegs. 212,080 505,413.01,
i Maoe 43,520 129,165.63
Nutmegs 499,880 1,347,987.55
Mace 15,680 44,086,48
Nutmega 228,060 576,709.36.
Mace 39,080 105, 22.30 L
1,200,660 3,059,289.70 134,200 .83,658.66
Total Value of Nutmegs shipped 3.059.289.70
Total Value of Nutmegs & Maoe shipped E;C3,442 ~e 36 V
The total weight of nutmeg shipped was 1.2 million poi4a.jmd th
average price per pound was approximately EC$2.55. The weight
;"'7- * -ti'. i.,
of mace.shipped was 134,200 Ibs and the average price was kEC2.86.
Over the four month period, Germany was the biggest buyer of
nutmegs, taking 34.4% of the total weight. S'ibtantial
shipments of this product, however, were also made to Poland
(24.255), the United States of America (13.33%) and the United
The United Kingdom was the biggest importer of mace over this
period. The total weight shipped to the UK was 57,840 lba.
representing 43.09 of the total exports. Germany was next
with 47,000, 35.02% and Holland followed with 15,680 lbs
amounting to 11.68%.
The only Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country drawing supplies
THE GRENADA NEWSLTTER Week Ending 25.11.78 Page 13
from the Nutmeg Industry during the July to Ocutober period was
Jamaica. In September, 6,400 Ibs of nutmegs valued at
EGC46,640 were shipped to l'utmeg Shipments July 1978
that country. Weight Value
Uh Nutmeg IndustryS A -. 98957
2he Nutmeg Industry iGermany 96,00o 36.83 -221,896.00
Ordinance, passed in 1947, U.K. 40,26Q .42 88,074.54
U S A 40,000 t5-34 98,925.76
created the renada Spain 33,600 12.89 85,350.35
Canada 18,200 6.98 51,776.77
Cooperative Nutmeg Brazil 13,440 5.16 34,677.78
Italy 6,800 2.61 18,361.34
Association (GCNA) to which Joraan 6,720 2.58 11,290.44
Argentina 4,480 1.72 15,586.18
all growers of nutmegs are Greece 1,200 .47 3,240.25
eligible for emberhip. 260,640 100.00 629,179.78
eligible for membership.
.GCNA controls the Nutmeg
Industry and, according to /
the Ordinance, is "vested U
with authority in accordance -. .
with the provisions of this. U
Ordinance for the marketing
and control of all nutmegs
produced in Grenada and
intended to be exported therefrom."
Normally, the affairs of GCNA are managed by a Nutmeg Board elected
by nutmeg growers. In 1975, however, the elected Nutmeg Board
was dissolved by Government and, since then, a Government
appointed "Interim Board" has had charge.
During the GCNA trading year, "advance payments" are made to nutmeg
growers on deliveries of nutmegs and mace to the Assaciatioo and, at
the end of the year, a "bonus" is paid of the divisible profits.
Advances now being paid are.:-
Green Nutmegs Per lb EC .40
Dried Nutmegs do. .56
Grinders. (cracked) do. -30
No. 1 Mace o. 1.60
No. 2 Mace do. .84
Mace Pickings do. .32
It has been announced that, on the trading year ending June 1978,
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 25.11.78
GONA is to pay a bonus of approximately ECB4 million to some
7,000 nutmeg growers.
the end of this month.
payment is. expected to be made before
Nutmeg Shipments. August 1978
Country (Ibs) %. ECJ_
.Germany 70,200 33.10 172,512.81
U S A 40.000 18.86 98,925.76
Belgium 33,600 15.84 72,581.40
Jordan 22,400 10.56 37,632.80
U K 13,400 6.32 29,174.17
Brazil 11,200 5.28 30,242.25
Holland 6,800 3.21, 18,769.39
Italy 6,600 3.11 19,415.45
Argentina 4,480 2.1.2 15,586.18
France 3,400 1.60 10,572.80
Nutmeg Shipments September 1978
a 4,480 .90
Shinmenta OotobeZ_. 1978
Country (Ibs) j EC4
U S A 80,000 35.08 189,249,28
Belgium 33,600 14.73 75,581.40
W. Germany30,000 13,15 82,794.20
Argentina 22,400 9.82 68,180.81
Holland 17,800 7.80 50,907.79
U K 12,900 5.66 32,750.45
Brazil 11,200 4.92 31,586.35
Spain 11,200 4.92 30,605.16
Jordan 4,480 1.96 7,526.96
Norway 4,480 1.96 7,526.96