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The Grenada newsletter
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v. : ill. ; 36 cm.
A. & C. Hughes
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St. George's, Grenada, West Indies
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Began in 1973.
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Volune 7 Number 12
For The Week Ending April 21st 1979
7th Year Of Publication -- 210th Issue


'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

Produced & Printed by Alister & Cynthia Hughes
P Box 65, St.Georges, Grenada, Westindies

Page 2 THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 21.4.79

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

5.30 am.

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).
(451 words)


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

Week Ending 21.4.78 THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Page 3

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

Page 4 THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 21.4.79

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
(461 words)


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.
(174 words)




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,


Week Ending 21.4.79 THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Page 5

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.
(55 words)


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

Union (GMMIWU).

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

were with



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

Week Ending 21,



Week Ending 21.4.79 THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Page 7

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

Hutchinson Ltd

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


Page 8 THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 21.4.79

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

(1122 words)


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



April 2nd "Frederico C"
3rd "Ivan. Franco"
4th "Carla C"
"Sun Princess"
5th "Britanis"
6th "Vistafjord"
April 10th "Veendam"
llth "Carla C"
"Sun Princess"
12th "Britanis"

April 18th "Carla C"
"Sun Princess"
19th "Britanis"
20th "Sagafjord"
"Frederico C"
Total :-


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
Boxing Plant
Weight 563,708 lbs n/a
Boxes Shipped 17,202 16,488
Weight 535,700 Ibs 517,015 lbs
_boxes) 348 297
GBCS paid
_per lb) 12EC 120EC
Geest paid
(per lb) 26.1129EC 26.2900EBC

shipments were in NEWSLETTER

covered shipments up to



341,788 Ibs






610,606 Ibs



(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
532,975 lbs.

GBCS paid producers EC012 per pound on the shipment by "Geeststar"
of February 22nd.

764 Passengers
484 do
719 do
688 do
511 do
654 do
3820 Passengers
588 Passengers
781 do.
730 ao
1437 do
3542 Passengers

770 Passengers
704 do
1137 do
490 do
868 do
3969 Passengers




21.4 79

Page 9

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'For purposes of record, the following statistics still need to be

Obtained :-

Boxing plant weights for shipments,of 6th, 13th and 20th March,

GBCS prices for shipments of 5th, llth and 16th February, 13th and

20th March.

Geest price for shipment of March 20th.


Total Pounds
Shipped to




Total Dollars (EC)
Earned to ....

1977 1978
8,503,421 9,408,509
7,891,650 8,408,509
6,874,142 8,382,371
6,219,691 7,640,980




- 1.96%
+ .81%
+ 6.68%
+ 7.01%
+ 8.72%
+ 7.20%


6,055,675 -10.55%
3,374,687 -09.06%

1,627,932 -08.20%
922,307 -04.12%

- .t hes
st pril 1979

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