qr" Volume 7 Number 32
For The Week Ending 27th OOaber 1979
7th Year of Publication - - 230th Issue
STRACHAN EXPLAINS COCA-COLA TAKE OVER
The People's Revolutionary Government (PRG) was fully conscious
that it was d parting from normal industrial practice when it
gave certain advice to W E Julien & Co Ltd the owners of the
Coca-Cola bottling plant, concerning the industrial dispute which
existed at the plant.
This was disclosed by Minister of Labour Mr. Selwyn Strachan' /
when he addressed the 14th Interim Meeting of the Ca beal
Emp.oyeErsedr-ation which opened at Holiday Inn on Wednesday
Mr. Strachan said that, after th strike at the plant had been
in effect for five weeks, the PRG realized that a setAeaent was
Snot in sight and it was the duty of Government to intervene in
,the matter with a view to effecting a speedy settlement.
~ 'It was at that point,the Minister said, "that our Gov nment
decided, intervene anA to advise the Company to reopen the
factory and to rehire the workers and set up a TriBunal and,
whatever that Tribunal says, would have to be-,binding on.all
parties 'We did that fully conscious, of the .fact that we were
idepar g from normal industrial relations practice and we said
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The Minister said that, because of the dispute and strike at the plant,
SGrenada's economy was at stake, the public was suffering and the workers
and their families were suffering. It was these three reasons, he said,
which were taken into consideration when Government intervened.
,The Company did not take the advice given, the Minister said, and Govern-
ment was left with no alternative but to reopen the factory and resume
production. But, Mr. Strachan emphasised that the Coca-Cola bottling
plant has not been nationalised.
"At no point in time", he said, did we indicate to the Company that the
property of W E Julien no* belongs to the Governmentj At no point in
time, and it still remains so."
Mr. Strachan said the lain concern of Government as and is to sole the
industrial diste nd he pointed out that, as long as the industrial
dispute remains unresolved, Government will continue to mAnage the plant.
The Minister said that, contrary to what was being said in Grenada and the
Region, that the PRG has done is to intervene in a situation where Govern-
ment felt "the economy and the public have been held to ransom by one
S"We felt that as a responsible Government committed to the development of
this country", he said, "we could not afford to sit down, sit by, and
allow the situation to continue any longer. It was in that context that
we took the steps that we took. It was a revolutionary4tep."
Moving a vote of thanks to Mr. Strachan, Mrs. Diana Mahabir Executive
Director of the Caribbean Employers Federation said it was difficult to
believe that Grenada's entire economy could have been held to ransom by
a strike at one non-essential industry which does not employ many people.
"The Government of any country, naturally, has the ritt, where it sees
that the national interest has been affected, to inte Mr in an indus-
i rial dispute", she said. "That an on-going strike in such a small
industry ( perhaps not small in terms of Grenada, but it is really a
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non-essential, even luxury item, soft drinks) could so.affect the
national economy, is kind of hard to come to terms with."
Mrs. Mahabir said the Caribbean Employers Federation is trying hard
not to misread tr misconstrue events in Grenada and CEC had not4come
to judge or pass sentence on these events. However, she said, CEC
is concerned that industrial disputes should be scrted out by
industrial relations methods.
( 605 words)
WHITEMAN ADDRESSES HOTELIERS
The transformation of Grenada's economy is to be based on the pillars
of Agriculture, Agro-industries, Fisheries arfd Tourism.
This was disclosed by Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Tourisp
Mr. Unison Whiteman, as he delivered the feature'addriss to the 18th
Annual General Meeting of the Grenada Hotel Association whiqc opened
at the Holiday Inn on Monday (22nd).
"It is the view of the Government", Mr. Whiteman said, "that trans-
forming the economy can be achieved only on the basis of the dej opa
ment of three healthy sectors, namely, a health y pyivste sector, a
healthy cooperative sector and a healthy public sector."
he Minister said the Peoples Revolutionary Government (PRG) is
deeply committed to the concept of a mixed economy including the
promotion joint ventures. He put this forward, he said, because
he knows there has been "a lot of talk about the Government being
unsympathetic to the private szltor", and he told his listeners that
it is f mental to Government's thinking that there must be the
three healthy sectors.
"At the same time", he said, "I wish to make it perfectly clear that
in Grenada there has been a revolution. And we wish to make it
perfectly clear that there aif certain fundamental principles that
this revolution stands for. You are all very experienced people .
very sp4hble people, so I believe we could face the isessquarely.
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One of the fundamental principles of the revolution, Mr. Whiteman said, is
thatlo worker can be denied his right to join a trade union of his choice
*and he cannot be dismissed arbitrarily. The Minister emphasised that this
is not to say that a worker cannot be dismissed, but there must be a cause
for dismissal and, if there is a dispute that employer and employee cannot
settle, there must re machinery for speedy resolution of the dispute.
Mr. Whiteman told the meeting that the PRG is aware of the problems of the i
Hotel Industry and, in spite of the fact that we inherited an empty
Treasury", positive steps are being taken to improve the roads and the waters
"you may have heqrd", he said, that there is a team bf water engineers
working long hours every day trying to solve the problem of how to get water
from Grand Etang down to St. George's, and I wish to tell you that the.
Government is giving very high priority to that project and .we estimate
that some progress will be made within the next few months."
n connection with dealing with other problems of the Hotel Industry, the
Minister seid Gpvernment has opened a hot el training School at which 35
persons ar4 now undergoing a three month course and steps have been taken to
cns.uA production of local foods which will be available to the hotels.
S'We have had several complaints from the hotels that it is difficult to get
fresh fish on a systematic and reliable basis", Mr. Whiteman said, and the
Government has started a fisheries training programme whereby over th com-
ing year, 180 new Grenadians will be trained for modern f series "
he Minister told the meeting that a very carefully worked out anti-Grenacd
propaganda is "raging" throughout the w rld. He gave instances of news-
paper stories giving false information that Russian naval ba& are being
constructed in Grenada and he raised the question as to whether the media
has the right to publish stories it knows to be false.
"I believe that, in some instances-,.this campaign is really stretching any
one's conception of freedom of the press, lie said.
Mr. Whiteman said Government is making'sericus efforts to improve airline
Facilities and discussions are OIrrently being held with a niDPf: 6 persons
--td concrete steps have been tiken.to ensure that, within a'oatter of
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months, there will be an airline to connect Grenada with neighbouirng
islands, so ensuring that tourists can come in larger numbers. 4
Concerning airport improvement, the Minister said this is not an *
easy problem to solve and the latest estimate Government has fo a
new airport is US$40 million. Government is considering the feas-
ability of starting a first phase which will accommodate shorter take-
off aircraft with night landing facilities, and he is confident that
action on this will start in the very near future.
"The prospects for Grenada are bri t", Mr. Whiteman said, "Over the
past seven months, not only have we been able to improve the dndi-
tions with respect to health, educational opportunities and roads,
but we are confident that the overall future of the county is bright'
He recognized the important role Tourism has to play in the develop-
ment of Grenada and he appealed to the hoteliers to continue to work
closely with Government.
Other speakers at the meeting were Mr. Martin Donawa, President of th
Caribbean Hotel Association and Mr. John Bell, Executive Director of
the Caribbean Hotel Association.
H n. r t
Outgoing President of GHA, Mr. Royston Hopkin, was reflected.
PRG PASSES NEWSPAPER ( AMENDMENT) LAW
The Peoples' Revolutionary Government (PRG) has, amended the News-
papers (Qdinance to limit shareholding in a Company "that is the
proprietor printer or publisher of a newspaper."
This law, Peoples Law Number 81 of October 26th is a sequel to the
closure of the Grenada "Torchlight" newspaper by the PRG on October
13th, and fulfils Prime Minister Bishop's pledge that the esac b'1 d 1
ing structure of "Torchlight" Would be "democratised".
Mr. Bisop said his Government is opposed to "minority control" of
newspapers, and the new law is in 'keeping with this* Under it no
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trenrdian may hold more than 4% of the paid up capital of a Company that is
the proprietor, printer or publisher of a newspaper. And aliens are debar
red from holding shares in such a Company. All shares passing to Govern-
Sment from Grenadians and from aliens are to be compensated for at their
market value on October 13th, the day "Torchlight" was closed.
.It appears that Government's intention is to remain a shareholder in GrenadJ
Publishers Ltd, publishers of "Torchlight". The Newspaper (Amendment) Law,
makes provision for the possible resale of shares taken over from Grenadi.n
but no provision is made for the sale of shares taken over from aliens.
If this is Government's intention, it will remain the major: shareholder in
Sthe Company with at least 13% of the shareholding even if it resells all
shares taken over from Grenadians. This position it will have as a re-
sult of shares taken over from the alien Company of Trinidad Express News-
j According to information given by Grenada Publishers Ltd, the Company has
a subscribed capital of 35,352 shares of EC$5 each. Of this totat, the
'Managing Director, Mr. D M B Cromwell, held 7,642 and was the major share-
holder prior to passage of the new law. The second largest shareholder
was Trinidad Express Neiwspapers Ltd with 4,608 shares.
Of the remaining 23,102 shares, two shareholders owned over 1,000 each, 66
own over 100 each and 89 own less than 100 each. According to the new law
maximum shareholding by any Grenadian must not exceed 4% of 35,35i, which
is, 1414 shares.
SGrenada Publishers Ltd, in addition to publishing "Torchlight", operate a
job printer, but, sources close to the Company say it cannotsurvive on
the job printing section alone. Average gross profits pes month-from the
newspaper and job printing sections were EC$5,300 and EC$3,323 respectively
in the January t- August 1979 period, and, from these must be deducted
average monthly overhead expenses of EC$5,000.
A meeting of shareholders of the Company held on Thursday (25th) unanimous
passed a resolution authorising a delegation of Directors and others to
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seek audience with Prime Minister Bishop with a view to having him
reconsider his decision to close "Torchlight".
This resolution was passed before the new law was made public, but
NEWSLETTER is reliably informed that the delegation is schedule* to
meet the Prime Minister sometime this week end.
BISHOP CHARLES CONDEMNS "TORCHLIGHT" CLOSURE
Roman Catholic Bishop Sydney Charles has expressed "total dis*gree-
ment with the action taken by the People's Revolutionary Government
(PRG) regarding the suppression of the "Torchlight" newspaper".
This disagreement is set out in Bishop Charles' Pastoral Letter read
in all Roman Catholic Churches on Sunday 21st October, and refers to
theoclosure of "Torchlight" by the PRG on Saturday October 13th.
"I wish to express my concern about the recent suppression of the
"Torchlight" by the People's Revolutionary Government", the Bishop
said, "The silencing of any newspaper in a country is always a mat-
ter of grave concern, but, more so in our situation since tie news-
paper silenced is the ONLY one without political affiliation, as far
as I am aware. And this is what is so disturbing."
Bishop Charles said it is the prerogative of Government to make laws
but he believed it was also the duty of Government to ensure that
citizens do not get the impression every time laws are passed that
they are made arbitrarily simply to meet emergencies and tend to
suppress rather than encourage freedom. In the Bishop's opinion,
any appearance of suppression of freedom is certain to lead to
restlessness and rebellion.
Bishop Charles expressed appreciation of the fact that the PRG has
stated that it does not intend to assume ownership of "Torchlight"
and that the paper will resume publication will resume publication
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r*within a few weeks under a re-structured management, but he pointed out that
tffe implication of this prospective change is not known.
"One would need to have confidence in the newspaper under the new management
that it will, in fact, be a free press", he said. This is very important
both for the morale of the country and the international reputation of Gre-
nada now and in the future."
SIn his pastoral Letter, Bishop Charles repeated his pledge of the "loyalty,
support and co-operation" of the Roman Catholic Church to the PRG. He
said the Roman Catholic Church wislps to support Government programmes which
aim at developing the whole man and every man in society without discrimina
tion, thus liberating him for communion and participation at all levels of
life as a human being private, public, social, economic, political,
religious, moral and spiritual so that the Grenadian will be enabled
na only to have more but to be more.
SCBC MEETS IN GRENADA
The Caribbean Employers Confederation(CEC) held its 14th Interim Meeting
In Grenadatrom 24th to 26th October.
SIn his opening remarks, CEC President Mr. Leroy Brown expressed concern
over recent political developments in the region as they affected industrial1
relations, human rights and basic freedoms. He thought that, while it
is Governments' task to pilot their countries successfully through "these
stormy waters", the cooperation and involvement of employers and labour
are key factors for safe passage.
"Claims for exorbitant wage increases and strikes and go-slows to back
these demands will not help", he said. "Scrambling for higher profits
or resorting to lay-offs and sharp practices will not help, and attempting
to regulate industrial relations by a spate of laws will not help either."
Mr. Brown thought only genuine cooperation of Government, Labour and Manage
m.nt can bring success and, unless a spirit of mutual trust and commitment
can be developed, the kind of cooperation needed to build afnew4society
Will be lacking. ( continued)
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Minnster of Labour Mr. Selwyn Strachan delivered the feature address
and declared the meeting open. He highlighted the achievements of
the PRG since the revolution of March 13th last and indicated the A
Government's future plans.
SMr. Strachan also referred to his Government's take over of the Coca-
Cola bottling plant and gave reasons for this action. Arising from
this, the Meeting recorded that it was profoundly disturbed by proce-
dures adopted by the PRG in industrial relations matters, particularr
ly as Grenada has very recently become a member of the Internatibnal
Following the meeting, Mrs. Angela Smith, Resident of the Grenada
Employers Federation, told NEWSLETTER that the getting together of
Caribbean employers is rewarding in that sharing of experiences is an
invalBable asset in dealing with industrial relations of the region.
" In addition," she said, "we Pad the ppasure of having Dr. Zin
Henry, Director of the Regional Office of the International Labour
Organisation, address us, and he spoke on the very relevant topic of
"Industrial Relationsl in the Caribbean in Relation to Changg a
Political & Economic Systems"".
Also addressing the meeting, Mrs. Smith said, was Mr. M. Yoga, ILO
expert who reported on assistance he had given to member territories,
particularly in the fields of small business and management develop-
CEC holds an "Interim Meeting" six months af#* its Annual General
Meeting. The next Annual General Meeting will be held in the
Bahamas in April 1980, and the next Interim in Tobago in October 1980
Delegates to the Grenada Interim Meeting came from Antigua, Bahamas,
Barbados, Grenada, Guyana, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Jamaica and Triri-
dad Tobago. (429 words)
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CARIB BREWERIES HAS SUCCESSFUL YEAR
Grenada Breweries Ltd, manufacturers of "Carib" beer and "Giant" malt, has
Had another satisfactory year, but shareholders have been warned to bear
certain factors in mind when comparing this year's figures with last year'.
In a review circulated to shareholders with the accounts, Managing Director
points out that the pretax profit for the year ending 30th June 1979 is
BC$924,861 as compared with EC$766,664 at 30th June 1978.
Mr. Tdppin points out, however, that the profit for this year inludes a
dividend of 121% gross resulting from the Company's investment in Jonas
Browne & Hubbard (Grenada) Ltd. He said also that the 1979 Accounts re-
flect profit earned as a result of the fact that Grenada Breweries Ltd have
been appointed distributors for "Guiness". Another factor contributing to
Sthe higher profit made in 1979 is that distribution charges were reduced as
a result of an increase the Brewery made in its charges for delivery.
According to the Managing Directr, the Company gained EC$159,570 by these
three factors and, if adjustments are made for this when comparing the
profits in 1979 with those of 1978, the 1979 figure would be marginally
less than 4hat for 1978.
"Even more alarming", Mr. Topping said, "1s the fact that the accounts foi
the first half of the year ( 1st July to 31st December, 1978) showed a
profit before taxation of EC$529,398. Consequently, the profit attribut-
I able to our brewing operations for the second half of the year was only)
EC$251,920, despite a slight increase in the number of cases sold."
The reason for this, said Mr. Toppin, is the rising costs of materials and
the fact that the selling prices of the Company's products have not been
increased since December 1975. However, because of recent substantial
increases in the cost of "almost everything used in the brewery", the
Company had no alternative but to increase selling prices on beer nd Malt
by EC$1.00 and ECC 50 per case respectively.
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As for the future, the Chairman's review says the Company's consult
-ants have been asked to carry out a study of the equipment necessary
to expand the brewery's production to 60,000 cartons monthly. Present
production capacity is 24,000 cartons per month but this in insuffi-
cent to meet the estimated normal monthly market demand of between '
27,500 and 30,000 cartons. By the end of November it is hoped, new
equipment will have been installed to take the brewery's capacity up
to 36,000 cartons per month.
Grenada Breweries Ltd haS an authorized share capital of two million
(EC) dolls divided into shares of EC$1.00 each. Of this',1,384,8841
shares have been issued and fully, paid up.
The annual general meeting of the Company will be held on NoVember
15th when shareholders will consider the directors' recommendation
that, on the yeat's trading, a dividend of 25% less tax (or 12j% net)
( 516 words)
GOOD CRUISE LINER SEASON EXPECTED
Grenada's Winter Cruise Liner Season opened on October 6th with the
arrival of the "World Discoverer", and, to date, a total of 209 liners
are scheduled to berth here before the Season closes 9n May 30th next.
Ar the 1978/79 Season, 170 Cruise Liners were originally expected,butI
because of boiler trouble, two calls of the "Queen Elizabeth II" were
cancelled and the total for the Season was reduced to 168. The cur-
rent 1979/80 Season, with 209 calls including two by "Queen Elizabeth
II", represents considerable increase over last year and4 Mrs .Gert-
rude Protain, Executive Secretary of the Grenada Tourist Board, told
NEWSLETTER she is very pleased with this.
The list of ships includes some newcomers!!, Mrs. Protain said, "and
this fact plus the healthy increase in the total number of calls,, is
clear indication that Grenada's considable attraction is comingSt
the notice of a widening circle of people who are looking for a unique
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experience in island visiting."
The Executive Secretary said that there are growing signs that Grenada is
i developing a year round Cruise Liner trade and she mentioned, particularly,'1
the regular visits of the "Cunard Countess", "Carla C" and "Fair Wind" whic~j
are year round callers at this port.
"Thqe faithful friends are the foundation on which an off-season trade can
be developed", Mrs. Protain said, and I look forward with confidence to a
growing number of ships visiting us during the summer." ?.
[Iring the period 1976 to 1978 ( calendar years) the Cruise Liner tourist
trade has shown a steady increase. The 1976 total of 103,367 Cruise Liner
passengers rose to 105,925 in 1977 and to 114,869 in 1978. The big
increase in cruise liner calls during the current season is expected to
M show considerable increases in total cruise liner passengers for the calen-j
Sdar years 1979 and 1980.
SHIPPING TONNAGE DOWN
The total tonnage of shipping calling at Grenada during the first quarter
of 1979 is the lowest for that period in the last five years.
In 1975, there was a peak of 820,883 tons which has not since een attached
though 1977 came close. The 1979 first quarter figure is 647,891 which i.
21% down from the 1975 hih, and 108629 tons or 14.36% down from the five
year average of 756,520 tons. This 1979 drop resulted from a low January
Stonnage, the February tonnagd'being close to and the March tonnage being
Figures for the yeais 1975 to 1979, in tons, are:-
January February March Total
1975 191,'93 232,563 396,327 820,883
1976 288,542 226,380 282,347 797,269
1977 302,583 253,468 239,547 800,598
1978 271,895 214,76t 223,341 715,960
1979 115,599 222,209 310,083 647, 891
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These figures are inaccurate to the extent that for one ship the *
fRITANEI", which called in February 1979, the tonnage is not avail-
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WEST INDIA COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN VISITS
Mr. Ray Burman, Chairman of the West India Committee, paid a two day'
Visit to Grenada this week as a part of an extensive trip through the
iCaribbean which began on October 6th.
gis Committee plays a vital role in the independence era of the Carib-
bean, Mr. Burman told NEWSLETTER, and while, in its early history, the
West India Committee may have appeared to be a "London club", about
two_thirds of the present membership are West-indians living in the
"I believe the increased development and enhancement of trade is a. .
very valuable contribution to the relationships between the Westindies
and Britain and increasingly Britain within the European Economic *
Community", he said, and it is in this particular field of activity
that the Committee can make the contribution I believe is important to
the future development of our friendly and valuable relationships be-
tween our countries, both in Britain and within the EECand in the
Westindies itself." .
Mr. Burman arrived at Grenada on Tuesday(23rdf having already sited
the Eastern Caribbean countries of Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago,
He left for St. Vincent on Wednesday (24th) and was expectedd to arrive
in St. Lucia on Thursday (25th).
In Grenada, Mr. Burman attended a meeting of tti Grenadamiembers of
the West India Committee.
1THUE GRAAABWSLTTR Wk-ie7
i 'SAST CARIBBBAN CURRENCY AUTHORITY
It has been the practice th t monthly statements from the East Caribbean
Authority be published in the Government Gazette, but, in recent months,
I this practice has not been in operation. NEWSLETTER carried the October
statement in the issue for the week ending 10th February last and the next
statement published in the Gazette was for April 1979. That was carried
'ig NEWSLETTER-for the week ending August 25th.
The Government Gazette for October 12th published statements for July and
August which leaves several gaps in the ECCA statistics. Efforts are
'. being made to fill those gaps.
The statements for July and August are as follows:-
Statement of Assets & Liabilities
S31st July 1979'
I Demand Liabilities
Notes in Circulation
Coin in circulation
S Other liabilities
Notes in Circulation
Coin in Ci4culAt*on
& Money at Call
70,726,3472 Internal Assets
09952,733 Participating Gov
S Securities include
1,546,560 Treasury Bills
55*172,449 Other Assets
itaemet of Assets & Liabilities
f 31st August 1979
$5f,363,133 Fixed Deposits
i.7,472,472 & Honey at call
158,428 Bankers Balances
56 178 978
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