Volune 7 Number 12
For The Week Ending April 21st 1979
7th Year Of Publication -- 210th Issue
CUBAN GUNS FOR GRENADA (7)
'he Cuban cargo ship "Matanzas" berthed at St.Georges on Saturday
\pril 14th with what is believed to be a large shipment of arms
nd ammunition for the Government..
rhis has not been verified and Government officials have been
willing to comment, but there are indications that the Cuban
government has responded to Prime Minister Maurice Bishop's request
for military aid to defend the island against possible attack by
mercenaries employed by'deposed Prime Minister Eric Gairy.
The "Matanzas" left the Cuban port.of Mariel on April 6th and was
expected to arrive at Grenada on April 12th with a consignment of
1000 tons of cement for merchants at this port. The ship did
not dock until 8.30 pm on Saturday 14th, however, and, with Monday
16th and Tuesday 17th being public holidays, it was not expected
that the cement would be discharged until Wednesday 18th.
A representative of the shipping agents to whom the ship was
assigned boarded the "Matanzas" shortly after she berthed but was
unable to talk to anyone in authority. Efforts were made also
on Sunday 15th|and Monday 16th to see the ship's captain to make
arrangements for landing the cement, but it was not until the
morning of Wednesday 18th that the agents were able to speak with
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P Box 65, St.Georges, Grenada, Westindies
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In the mean time, however, the ship discharged a large number of
wooden cases which were not carried on her manifest. Unloading
i f these cases began shortly after the ship berthed and, during the
curfew hours of Saturday 14th, Sunday 15th and Monday 16th, there
was considerable motor truck activity around the docks, on the
approaches to Fort George which is now headquarters for the People's
Revolutionary Army, and on the road which winds through the hills
from St.Georges, past the Grand Etang lake and on to the town of
Grenville on the east coast.
On Sunday morning (15th), this road was closed to all traffic and
it remained closed until Wednesday 18th. It is also noteworthy
that the curfew hours were extended during this period. Until
Wednesday 12th, the curfew hours were from 10.30 pm to 5.30 am, but,
From Thursday 13th to Wednesday 18th, the hours were 8.30 pm to
On the morning after the "Martanzas" began unloading these cases,
(that is on Sunday 15th April), some 10 or 12 of them could be seen
piled in the Fort George compound. Estimated from a distance,
they appeared to measure some 15' by 6' by 6'. These cases
iave not been moved since they were placed in the Fort George
compound and are today (20th) just as they'were first seen.
The "Martanzas" commenced unloading cement on Wednesday (18th) and
sailed from Grenada about noon today (20th).
PREVENTIVE DETENTION TRIBUNAL APPOINTED
The Preventive Detention Tribunal,provided for by People's Law
number 8, has been named. Chairman is Dr Adolph "Dolek"
SBierzynski and the other two members are Mr Bryce Woodroffe and
Mrs Alice McIntyre.
Dr Bierzynski, 64, is a medical practitioner. Polish born, he
served in both the Polish and British Armies during World War II
settled in Domonica in 1947 when he joined the Leeward &
V'Ldward Islands Medical Service. He was transferred to Grenada
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in 1950 and served in the Medical Service here until' 1st August 1967
when he resigned.
Following the victory of Mr Gairy's Grenada United Labour Party
(GULP) at the General Elections of August 1967, Dr Bierzynski was
made a GULP Senator and Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of
Health, Labour, Local Government and Housing. He resigned from
the Senate and from the Grenada United Labour Party in 1973.
Dr Bierzynski was one of the victims of official harassment during
the period of civil unrest in 1973/74. He is married to a
Grenadian, the former Joan St.Bernard.
Mr Bryce Woodroffe, 60, is a businessman who has owned and managed
a small dry goods and haberdashery for the last 30 years.
Mr Woodroffe has no political affiliations now but was a member of
Mr Gairy's Grenada United Labour Party for a short time in 1951/52.
Mrs Alice McIntyre, 54, (nee Williamson) is a housewife and is
President of the Progressive Women's Association. This
Association, which was founded in 1977, is devoted to raising the
political, social and economic consciousness of women. Mrs McIntyre
has no political affiliations. Until 1967, she was married to
Grenada-born Mr Alister McIntyre, former Secretary-General of the
Caribbean Community (CARICOM).
In an interview today (21st), Dr Bierzynski told NEWSLETTER that the
Tribunal will not operate like a Court of Law. Sittings will be
in private and detainees will not be represented by lawyers but
they will be allowed to call witnesses. They will be given a
written statement of reasons why they were detained and they will
give a written statement why they should be released.
The Tribunal will consider these statements and recommend to the
Minister for Security whether or not the detainee should be
released. This recommendation, however, is not binding on the
Minister who has the final word in the matter.
Detainees may have their cases heard 14 days afteg they have been
taken into custody and, after tht, at, to maptk intervals,. No
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official figures have been given but it is believed that there are
now some 80 persons in preventive detention.
NEWSLETTER is advised that, since their appointment which dates from
April 18th, members of the Preventive Detention Tribunal had had one
preliminary meeting and they expect to commence sittings towards the
end of next week
FUEL PRICES UP
There has been another increase in the price of fuel, and gasolene
is now being sold at EC$3.08 per imperial gallon.
This increase came into effect on April 3rd and, at the same time,
kerosene oil advanced to EC$2.91 per imperial gallon and propane
Sgas for cooking to EC$59.12 per 100 Ib cylinder.
SThe prices of these items were last increased just over a month ag
on March 1st. At that date, gasolene went up by BC13 to
EC$2.97 per imperial gallon, kerosene was increased by EC24 to
BC$2.78 per imperial gallon, and cooking gas by EC$2.00 to BC$57.1
per 100 Ib cylinder. The selling prices of these three items
are Government controlled.
The price of diesel oil, which is not controlled, did not go up or
* Vrch lst. It remained at EC$2.71 per imperial gallon but, on
April 19th, this fuel moved up by EC29 to EC$3.00 per imperial
NEWSLETTER Anderstands that further fuel price increases may be
expectedd during the coming months.
PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION APPOINTED
Earrister-at-law, Mr Wilberforce Nyack, has been appointed Chairman
of the Public Service Commission. Other members are Mr W A
Redhead, retired civil servant and Commissioner of the sister
,land of Carriacou, Mr Winson Keens-6ouglas, civil engineer,
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Mr Harry Noel, retired Primary School Headmaster and Mrs Princessa
Maria Archibald, a housewife.
This Commission was sworn in by Governor General, Sir Paul Scoon,
on April 6th.
INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS REVIEW
During the period 1977/78, nine Industrial Agreements were signed,
but six other Agreements are in a state of uncertainty due to the
fact that the new People's Revolutionary Government has suspended
the activities of the Grenada Manual Maritime & Intellectual Workers
This is disclosed in a Report of the Committee of Management of the
Grenada Employers Federation (GEF), and the Report says also that
Government has seized the books of GMMIWU with a view to instituting
an investigation into the operation of the Union. Deposed Prime
Minister Gairy was President-General-For-Life of GMMIWU, and it is
alleged that this Union failed to submit returns to the Registrar
of Trade Unions as required by law.
According to the GEF Report, GMMIWU had started negotiations with
Messrs George A Williamson & Associates, Nutmeg Bar & Restaurant,
Birds Nest Restaurant, Flamboyant Ltd, The Pebble Ltd and Eastern
Caribbean Cement Products Ltd, but no Industrial Agreements were
There is also uncertainty concerning the Agreement under which
workers at the Horse Shoe Bay Hotel are employed. Negotiations
were started with this hotel by the Technical & Allied Workers
Union, but, before an Agreement could be signed, Government bought
controlling interest in the hotel and the workers became members
GEF reports that, during the period under review, the Technical &
Allied Workers Union signed five Industrial Agreements. These
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Grenada Telephone Co Ltd
The old Agreement expired on July 14th 1978 and the new 2-year
Agreement grants wage increases of 18% in the first year and 15%
tin the second on salaries up to EC$499. Increases for salaries
from EC$500 to BC$699 are, 17% and 121%, from EC$700 to EC$899, 12%
land 10%, and, over EC$900 10% and 5% (These increases were
awarded by an Arbitration Tribunal NEWSLETTER)
Cable & Wireless (W I) Ltd
A new Agreement covers the period August 1st 1978 to July 31st 1980
Wage increases are 26% on salaries up to EC$500 per month 19% on
salaries from EC$501 to EC$900, and 121% on salaries over EC$900.
Texaco (W I) Ltd
A 3-year Agreement increases Plant Attendant salaries by 30% in the
first year, 18% in the second and 10% in the third. Relevant
increases for Mechanics and Drivers are 25%, 15% and 10%, and 25%,
12~% and 10% respectively. (This Agreement was signed on
October 18th 1978 and has effect from May 1st 1978 NEWSLETTER)
Gleans Garage Ltd
This firm negotiated for the first time with TAWU and the Agreement
gives workers an increase of 62% over a three year period.
(NEWSLETTER is reliably advised that TAWU and Gleans have agreed
that this Agreement will have effect fr-m March 1st 1977, but it
has not yet been signed. A source close to TAWU said today
(20th) that certain items in the Agreement are still in dispute and
are before the Labour Commissioner.)
LIAT (1974) Ltd I
A dispute between this Company and LIAT went to arbitration under
the Essential Services Act, and awards were made for the period
1st January 1978 to 30th June 1980. TAWU had requested that
the Agreement run for 2 years while the Company wanted it to run
for 3. Wage increases awarded are 20% for the first year and
15% for the remainder of the period.
The GEF Report refers also to negotiations which took place between
"'WU and Grenada Electricity Services but, as a result of which, no
agreementt has been signed. Negotiations broke down over wages
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and fringe benefits, but the then Prime Minister Gairy called the
parties together and fixed wages over a two year period. These
were 331% for the first year and 25% in the second year on salaries
up to EC$450 per month On salaries over EC$450, the relevant
increases were 30% and 20%.
Because of these increases, Electricity Services Ltd laid off worker!
and the matter went to arbitration on the matters of reinstatement
of these workers and the failure of the Company to sign the
Agreement. However, the Arbitration Tribunal referred the matter
back to the Labour Commissioner because it considered that its terms
of reference did not empower it to reinstate workers or order the
Company to sign the Agreement. (The TAWU Agreement with Grenada
Electricity Services expired on 31st December 1977)
According to the Grenada Employers Federation Report, the Seamen &
Waterfront Workers Union (SWWU) negotiated and signed one Agreement
during the period under review. This was with :-
The Grenada Shipping Agents
The Agreement covers the period January 10th 1978 to January 10th
1981 with increases up to an agreed minimum with a 7% increase in
the second and third years (over the first two years, increases
will range from 13.5% to 28% for different categories of worker, and
in the last year, there will be an across-the-board increase of 7%
According to GEF, Geest Industries Ltd have now received proposals
from SWWU for an Agreement to run from February 1979 to February
The GEF Report states that, during the period under review, the
Commercial & Industrial Workers Union (CIWU) negotiated and signed
three Industrial Agreements. These are with
This firm negotiated for the first time with CIWU and the signed
Agreement covers the period 1st April 1978 to 31st MIrch 1981.
For the first year, all employees' wages were adjusted upward to
the minimum of their job classification, and employees already
earning more than that minimum received a 5% increase. In the
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second year, all salaries will be increased by 17%, and increases
for the third year are to be negotiated.
Jonas Browne & Hubbard Ltd
This Agreement covers a two-year period, 14th February 1978 to i3th
February 1981 and, in the first year, salaries up to EC$300 per
month received an increase of 20%. In the second year, this
salary range will have an increase of 15%. The relevant
percentage increases for salaries from EC$301 to EC$550 are 15% and
10%, and over EC$550, 10% and 7%. Increases for the third year
will be negotiated.
Gittens Pharmacy Ltd
This firm negotiated for the first time with CIWU and an Agreement
was signed covering the period 1st July 1978 to 30th June 1981.
Wages were adjusted to a minimum for the first year and increases
in the second and third years are 12% and 10% respectively.
GFF reports also that CIWU is now negotiating with L L Ramdhanny
& Co Ltd. This is the first time this firm is negotiating with
the union; an Agreement has not yet been signed.
This Report of the Grenada Employers Federation will be presented
to a meeting of the Caribbean Employers Confederation commencing
in Jamaica on April 25th. Mrs Angela Smith, President of the
Federation will represent GEF at that meeting and will present the
CRUISE LINER CALLS
The last statistics given for cruise liner calls were in NEWSLETTER
Sfr the week ending 31st March and covered calls until the week
ending March 24th.
The following statistics are now available:-
March 27th "Angelina Lauro" 664 Passengers
"Veendam" 634 do
28th "Carla C" 694 do ) Week
"Sun Princess" 674 do ) Ending
29th "Jupiter" 290 do ) 31.3.79
"Britanis" 1063 do
30th "Frederico C" 726 do
Total :- 4745 Passengers
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April 2nd "Frederico C"
3rd "Ivan. Franco"
4th "Carla C"
April 10th "Veendam"
llth "Carla C"
April 18th "Carla C"
The last statistics given for banana
for the week ending February 24th and
February 22nd by S S "Geeststar"
Further statistics now available are
Ship "Geestland" "Geesttide"
Date 28.2 79 6.3.79
Weight 563,708 lbs n/a
Boxes Shipped 17,202 16,488
Weight 535,700 Ibs 517,015 lbs
_boxes) 348 297
_per lb) 12EC 120EC
(per lb) 26.1129EC 26.2900EBC
shipments were in NEWSLETTER
covered shipments up to
(N/A = Not Available. GBCS = Grenada Banana Cooperative Society)
Prices paid by Geest Industries to GBCS on shipments by "Geestcrest"
of February 11th and "Geeststar" of February 22nd are, respectively,
26.456CEC and 26.388CEC per pound
The boxing plant weights on shipments by "Ariane" on February 16th
and "Geeststar" on February 22nd are, respectively, 679,012 Ibs and
GBCS paid producers EC012 per pound on the shipment by "Geeststar"
of February 22nd.
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'For purposes of record, the following statistics still need to be
Boxing plant weights for shipments,of 6th, 13th and 20th March,
GBCS prices for shipments of 5th, llth and 16th February, 13th and
Geest price for shipment of March 20th.
Total Dollars (EC)
Earned to ....
- .t hes
st pril 1979