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The Grenada newsletter
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A. & C. Hughes
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Volume 9 NUWber ,
For The Week Ending 16th May 1981
th Year Of Publication - -'- 252nd I"sue


The industrial dispute between the Peoples' Revolutionary,
Government (PRG) and G Vernment i6ploaees has entered an
uncertain stage in which no inf6fmation is available as :to.
current developments.

What is known is that the not yet coplied with 'the
wprkers' demand that certain letters of.dismissal,
suspension and transfer be withdrawn. Nevertheless
Mr Robert Robinson, who received a letter transferring hi~ a
to be Administrative Officer. fr roads in a remote Parisnh,
is now back at his regular desk as Labour Cemmissioner,

Three trade unions represent GCvernment workers. They are
the Public Workers Union (PWU), the.:Grenada Utin of
Teachers (GUT) and the Technical & All4ae Workers Union
(TAWU) anu, on Februar 14th 1980, a request was made by
them to the PRG for negotiations for a new Indus-tria-l

.Talks in this cenection did.not begin until December
29th last whem a workers' team representing thh three
unions and led by Mr Septimus Forsythe met with a team
from the Ministry of Finance led by Mr LauristO Wilson .Jx
Permanent Secretary in the Miniqtry pf Finance.

Produced & Printed by Alister & Cynthia Hughes -
PO 0 Box 65, St.Ge6rges, Gremada, Westindies


Mr Forsythe is 1st Vice-President of thl p irk q sidi.ex of. the

Grenada Trade Union Council.

ste smn :6 meeting n, n&ygotiaons became deadlocked on January

tE. ,. ii rp e ha at ehit time, G6vernment s final

effer was a~ acaoss-the-board 12 i% -increase in 1981, 5% increase

In 1982 and a further 5-. .ncr t-se in 1983. The Unions* wish is

for az Industrial Agreement over two Years and their original

proposal. was for ? 12575 increase over 1981 and 1982 for workers

with a'iannuaul income of under EC$4884.00.

For workers,withan annul income :of over- -$8o;.0'?; the demand

was for an increaseof .70, while, for the.middle income bracket,

the demand was for .a "weighted-average" of .; It was. estimated

that this original deman.l would cost the PRG EC$42 million over

tvTo years.
E frt
'As ;'ar-t .f-tb.; hegnti-fti.nss and in an effort to break the deadlock,

thoe IaG'tenv!ithc1 -rtlh wozrkrs' negotiating toam to examine

Guvpnct s '.-boks, an.. the-Minister of Finance, -Bernard Coard

said ^tl that examinationhad been thorough,

'The.*ions' negotiating team spent 10 days with Government's

negotiating team", he said., "examining in detail, item by item,

Ministry and Department by Ministry and Bepartment,, and

q..-- stioning the Heads of Department ahd economic enterprises with

the- objective of trying to find our how and where money could be

:F.und to pay higher salaries to Public Servants." ,

T'. Minister said Government's annual wage bill is EC$24 million

and the workers demand would increase this ,s figure to EC$41

million. He said it is tempting for some Unior members and

leaders to take the irresponsible way out and ?ay it is the

workers1 ask for as .much money as possible and the

employers' job to find it, -and he appealed to -"those few leaders

and Workers who are tempted to take this position to hold back,".

The onions put ,oxward a new- proposal on January .20th ia which

they agreed to accept a 704 "weighted average" covering all

continued -

Week Bnding< 16.5.81


salary scales' over 2 years. This WCs estimated to cost EC$33 mill-

ion over two years. This was mot accepted and it response, the PRG,

at a meeting with the Unioas on the following day, said that, provid-

ed the Unions agreed to accept three stated conditions, Government

would be prepared to make a new proposal.

These conditions were, first, that salary increases for 1981 should

not exceed 12|'%, secondly, that the Industrial Agreement cover'three

1 ,Apology & Acknowledgement I-
i The Editors and Publishers of NEWSLETTER
apologise for the fact that there have
been no publications since the 1980 end-
of-year issue. -of 31st December

tU That this lapse has been for reasons
beyond our control makes it no less
Regrettable, and the present seeks to
Correct the deficiency by covering the
[- major news stories from January 1st
until now. However, to try to cover
[ all the stories in one issue would be
-i impractical, and those stories not in
this issue will be in the next.

SThe "Editor-in-Chief" takes this
Opportunity to thank all those 0
Subscribers who wrote inquiring after Q
LI his health and wishing him a speedy
recovery. It would be impossible
Sto answer all the letters and he hopes
this acknowledgement will be accepted. n
-nt + i-

years and not two as the Unions demand, and, finally, that the in-

creases over the three years be cumulatively "considerably less" than


In a document published on February 2nd, the Unions said Government's

gtrposal was not acceptable and they felt the onus was on Goverament

to make a firm offer to which they would respond. "We rejected these

c. -ditions", the document says, "and after failing to get a positive

presentati-,n from the Government team without our agreeing to the a-

bove ( the conditions), t4e meeting once again ended in deadlock".
continued -

Week Ending.16.5.81



At that time, the Unionst new.demapds before Government were a 37~

"weighted average' in11981 and a similar average of 25% in 1982

costing, over the two years EC$26,2 millUun..

When' he prcs.-r.ted tht, National Budget on February 12th, Minister

tf Finance Bernard Coard said the PRG had introduced 5 new taxes

which were designed to raise EC$3.5 million dollars, the cost of

Government's offer-to the workers for 1981. The taxes cover

stamp duty payable os imported igodrs ( with some -xceptions), a

t-x on gasolene, increases in postal rates ( from July 1st), tax

Cn beer and spirits, and a tax on motor vehicles ( with the except

-iorn of busses).

No Provision
The Minister of Finance said his 1981 Budn?,,t would have been tax

-'r,.- if there was no provisi. n for increased salaries for Govern-

eni ;.-':pi- yees. "All these nmasures ( tbQ new taxes) are esti-

im. ; t- provide in total EC$3.5 million in 1981", Mr. Coard said,

:just tn.ugh to cover the increased w'cg<- of 12-~1 for public ser.


Thc gtgotiating teams from the Goverpment and workers did not meet

agaig ugtil late in February. In a letter to the Ministry of Fin-

X.nce on February 23rd, the Unions gave the PRG until February 27th

to get the stalled negotiations going again, "failing which the

Unions will feel free to take whatever action" they considered nec-


But that meeting ended again in deadlock. Government increased

its offer for 1982 and 1983 to 10% in each of those years hnt the

Unions did not accept this, and, on March 3rd, they resorted to

industrial action in the form of a "sick-out". In response, the

IRG sent out a series of warning, letters, letters of suspension on

helf pay, one letter of dismissal and a letter ef transfer.

Th.... krning letters threatened "firm action" in dealing with absent

-eeisln and among those receiving these letters was the leader of

the workers ngoiatiating team, Mr. Septimus Forsythe. Also re-

ueiving a war.iJng letter was Miss Jeanette Dubois, then President

continued -

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_ __ ___ LII_

Wek -nding 16.5;B8 THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER P age 5

of, be Gre nda Union of Teachers.

The eleT~er of trarsf "'9 ae s eift .Dtf'Mr. Rbbbt ;Rbinsn Prlsident

o6f the Public Workers UnioiA, 'M. Robiinson was removed fkoH his

post Labour' Con mrishioner and iaad AdministLative 04 ticer f6r:

roads in St. Patricks Parish'at the' extreme north of th 6~li d

Following a joint General Meeting of.,the three Unions on March 7tV

a letter was sent to the PRG offering t c'a ibof-8:2 r Vr- if

Government would withdraw the letters of suspension, dismissal

and transfer. A kepi' w"s zrefelved' that tie' Matter W ld' be con-

si'ered at a Cabinet meetleigb op Macti:Oth Jaid*c id 'be given top

pr jlrity.L *'
Fruitless *,
The letters were not withdrawn and, following a series of fruit,.

lessiipeei in3 between the negotiating teams, the' worlkes wrote

Prime Minister Maur ice -Bia'hoD threatening st~'ike'action add ire-

questing 'his intervention in' the matteZ. -'Mr. 'Bishop "met the ze-

gdtia aimj^ *aon April'9th, at'whic'h fime Cdo-uerxxnte-ofte 1

reported to havd been ,' a light ly y improved'l' and 'the workers were

told.that, if this was accepted, the letters would be withdrawn.

the~tunlons. did not accept this but, at a meeting i*itH officials

of the Miziistry of('Finarice on'April 22nd, agreemQnt' as reached.

The Unions' negotiating team agreed to accept an offer for 1980

of a 17i% "weighted average", on condition that -the- Iet-ter-ae


Avsource::close to the Unions told NEWSLETTR .that PRGhas been

-told that further negotiations are necessary. We have made it

clear. that this increase applies only .toul981", the sourcc.said,

'"and the issue of increases for 1982-aad 1983 is still to be re-


The source? said* also, that- the'. Unions have *nP.t accepted thea P1
suggest ian. that; .the 17%: "weighted average" be divided, so that

nurse and teohers. get increases of 10% to. 30%. while Civil Ser-

vants get 10% to' 15%. WheA the, letters are withdrawn, the

source said, the Uniog< will decide how the overall increase of

17-% in Government's payroll will be divided. - continued -


r:;"t` [~F: ET, I'

Meanwhile, the letters have not been withdrawn to date (M ay 16n )

and ,.. -1 RQbinSQo,;s pMeqpc.e -,ack pt .the, Labour. Copmissoner' 's desk

Pa .;ot beun explained *. Mae .4fat.piop may,:@ e available ahprt-

ly as an -itfor~ ed-P.< qqp has. advised NEWS3RLS'R that the -negotia-
ti-g. teap niay.- eetr ditagtho-cominig week... :
(-1380 words )


The Poples -~Rvolutianary GOovernment ,(PRG. )and ,the Commonwealth

.ev lopmen t:QorporatigjC 0C ) are. currently negotiating for ,.he.

sale to the PRG of Grenada Electricity Company (GEC) which i-f

jointly owned by CDC and the PRG.

In. a leter ter 14ateJ5 Apri, -qow under .ponsider.atin by the PHG,

CPDC said *.t is wi]3ing ,t. : 41ts- 9.3; percent holding i_ GEC

(192,OQQ,.shares nominally worth. ,C$5 -each) at a price toR.q .fixed

in accordance the formula set outin the ,Elect.ricity Supply'

QrdinanceoC 1960::which broughtiGEC into existence...

CDC said also that the terms of the sale must include a PRG guar-

Atee.qf t)e;debt of ,201 i05l oed to QDC by GEC in the form .of

luian and -dv4aoes8 and full by December 199.. 9.

relationss between the PRG and CDC have deteriorated since August

'.9-0 when GEC (which is managed by CDC) applied to the PRG for an

average increase of 4.5 cents per unit ( approximately 10 percent)

in, the-Gtvernment czttrolled. rates fa. the sale of electricity,.

Th:is increase Was estimated to-raise some one million ECrldollars

annually~ an amount Which the Compy. -said :was. urg tlyr- needed

t'o orzy battessenti.Aln 'aintienAnke. : .:.

The PRG said it would not grant the increase until a Commission

~'-, Iq*iry-,t hd *'looked ,int6 the' affairs' of :.GESi a.n,. at-,the same

i;; cled Goveinrmeit owned "Free West I d3An neWs.paper, attacked

the minagemeBt of GEC- and' shid -the Company iS biag- rkui on the

-1'ss tf< "tprofiteo'before service' tathe peopJi. ;.

continued -

-~ ~ I t
We~} ir~1~ ~8I -

Week Ending 16.5.81 THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Page 7

The Commission of Inquiry", headed by Guyanese Barrister Mr. Miles

Fitzpatrick, sat late last year and handed in its report on Janu-

ary 14th. Its recommendations include the paying of "the con-

siderable debt" of the Central Water Commission (CWC) and the bal-

ance owed by Government for electricity consumed. But an informed

source told NEWSLETTER that, while the Central Government has made

an effort to liquidate its indebtedness, the financial position

with CWC is deteriorating.
Paying Nothing
"At the end of last year", the source said, "CWC owed some

EC$200,000 inarrears and they have now agreed to pay this off in

monthly installments over 18 months beginning from the end of Ap-

ril. However, CWC is continuing to run up a bill of EC$20,000

every month and they are paying nothing towards this."

Another big headache for. GEC and its consumers is its monthly fuel

bill of half a million EC dollars owed to Esso. With insufficient

cash resources to meet this in.full, there is an accumulated bal-

ance of EC$150,000 owing at the end of last month. On this bal-

ance, Esso charges interest at 12.5% and this is added to the fuel

surcharge made on consumers bills.

Meanwhile consumers are plagued with frequent power outages as

the engineering staff of GEC struggles to keep in service a bank

of generators in urgent need of expensive overhauls.

The power station is equipped with 7 generators, but only the three

smallest (with a total capacity of 2120 KW) are considered by the

engineers to be in reasonably good condition.

Of the others, one, of a capacity of 1240 KW, has been out of com-

mission since last year, and three, of 1450 KW, 1240 KW and 1450 KW

respectively, are running at some 50 percent capacity due to de-

fects. With a maximum demand of 4,500 KW, and the need to stop

the generators for short term maintenance, there is a great deal

of load shedding and power outages are frequent.
Early in March, the PRG accused Mr Rodney George, Grenada-born
Manage; of GEC, of threatening to plunge the island into darkness
continued -

Page 8 THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week EndinQ 16.5.81

during the celebration of the 2nd anniversary of the Revolution on

March 13th. Mr. George was jailed and Grenada-born Mr, Rudolph

Dolland, GEC Electrical Engineer, was appointed to act. However,

GEC is without a Manager as Mr Dolland, who had previously hand-

ed in his resignation to the Company, migrated to North America on

April 4th. Released from detention early in April, Mr George

left the island on April 5th and is now with the CDC-managed St.

Lucia Electricity Company.

In an effort to correct the deteriorating condition of the GEC pow-

er plant, the Company has tried unsuccessfully to raise money

through an increased overdraft with its bankers. One million EC

dollars are required for the most pressing essential repairs and

maintenance of the generators, and, an approach in a letter of Ap-

ril 24th has been made to the PRG to advance this sum.

(749 words)


The Cuban contingent in Grenada has suffered its second defection.

The first was last August and the second took place early in May

when one of the Cuban doctors in service here slipped out of the


Dr Jose Ruiz, a Pediatrician, was not one of the first lot of Cu-

ban doctors who arrived in Grenada in June 1979 to give their ser-

vices free to the public. He arrived subsequently and was posted

to Grenada's sister island of Carriacou some 20 miles north of Gre-

nada. There he had the additional responsibility of serving the tiny

Grenadine island of Petit Martinique which also falls under the gov-

ernment of Grenada.

Reliable sources report that, on May 2nd, Dr Ruiz left Carriacou

in a small boat to make the short crossing to Petit Martinique where

he was scheduled to hold a clinic. Shortly after leaving Carria-

cou, however, he requested the crew of the boat to take him to the

nearby island of "Union" which is under the Government of St. Vin-

continued -

Week Ending 16.5. 81 THE GRENApA NEWSLETTER Page 9

At Union, he dismissed the boat saying he would get to Petit Mar-

tinique later, and he then went to the Union Island Police Station

and asked for asylum. Later, when it was discovered that Dr.Ruiz

had diverted the boat to Union, a Government official from Carria-

cou visited Union with a view to getting the Doctor to return.

However, the official was not allowed to see Dr. Ruiz and was ask-

ed to leave the island. It is reported that Dr. Ruiz subsequent-

ly went to Canada via Barbados.

The first defector was Carlos Terizhe, an Interpreter at the Cuban

Embassy in Grenada who, last August, waiting at Barbados'Grantley

Adams International Airport for a Cuban airlines (Cubana) flight

to Havana, asked the authorities there for asylum. Sources re-

port he also went to Canada.

Cuban Ambassador to Grenada, Mr. Julian Torres Rizo, confirmed to

NEWSLETTER that Dr. Ruiz had defected but declined to make any com-

ment. Mr. Rizo said his Government's policy is not to try to

force defectors to return. "They're free to go if they want to",

he said.
( 351 words )


Barclays Bank International has called on the public company of

Grenada Publishers Ltd. to liquidate its debt to the Bank or the

Baak "will have no alternative but to take steps to protect their


Grenada Publishets Ltd. are the one-time publishers of the "Torch-

light" newspaper which was closed down by the Peoples Revolutionary

Government (PRG) in October 1979. At that time, Prime Minister

Maurice Bishop said his Government would publish a "media policy"

under which the media would operate in Grenada. That policy has

not yet been published and, according to the Directors of Grenada

Publishers, their several attempts to discuss the matter with Mr.

Bishop have been fruitless.

- continued -

Page 10 THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 16.5.81

In the meantime, deprived of 75% fits revenue ( the Company also

operates a job, printer) Grenada Publishers has, found itself in

an increasingly difficult financial position. The Directors

have now called a General Meeting of Shareholders for May 21st

to discuss the matter and, in a report to Shareholders, have ask-

ed them to "seriously consider the future of the Company" and "ad

-vise the Board on any future action".

"Torchlight" was banned by the PRG on October 13th 1979 when the

Secretary for Security and Commander of the Armed Forces" Mr. Hud-

son Austin, accused the newspaper of trying to destabilise the

PRG by publishing "vicious lies". He said the paper had accused

the PRG of "pointing guns at Rastafarians" of "stopping children

of Rastas from being able to go to school" and of "promising sec-

tions of Rastas land for the purpose of growing weed".

Vie iou5
"All these and other vicious lies on the part of "Torchlight', -now

and ig the past, have clearly been designed to stir up the maxi-.

mum amount of confusion and unrest in the country', Mr. Austin


As part of the action against "Torchlight" the PRG passed Peoples

Law Nc. 81 which limits an individual's shareholding in a newspa-

per publishing company to 4%. Under the provisions of that law,

all shares held by individuals in excess of 4% of the shareholding

in Grenada Publishers Ltd. were automatically vested in the PRG.

Prime Minister Bishop said these shares would be sold to the pub-

lie, but this has not been done and, at the scheduled General

Meeting of the Company, the PRG will be the biggest shareholder.

In a letter read in all Roman Catholic Churches in Grenada, R.C.

Bishop Sydney Charles expressed "total disagreement" with the

PkG's action against "Torchlight". "The silencing of any news-

paper in a country is always a matter of grave concern", he said,

but more so in our situation since the paper Silanoed is the only

o e without political affiliation.,."

- c


Investigating the closure of "Torchlight", the Caowbean'Press

Council found that some of the criticism of the PRG by "Torchlight"

could be said to be "unbalanced and lackin- in investigative com-

potence",, but the Council said the same said of comment by

the Government owned Radio Free Grenada, the Government owned "Free

West Indian" newspaper and Prime Minister Bishop's party publica-

tion, the "New Jewel".

"Our considered opinion is that "Torchli ht" was not guilty of the

charge of delstabilising the PIT, if that is taken to mean that it

waas a conscious part of a conspiracy involving foreign a.cencies

and local client groups to brin.i down the Government", the Council

( 548 words

aa,;,,..,, s', 'a.; ....


"Our perspective on the question of the "Torchlight" newspaper was

a very definite one. The newspaper is not different from any

other organ in the society. Anyone, any organ or institution

that moves directly into counter-revolution or to inciting counter

-Xevolutionary activity, We are not going to allow it to function".

Prime Minister Maurice Bishop made this statement at a Press Con-

ference here on March 14th and said it is the intention of his

Government to publish a "media policy" which will be submitted for

"discussion among the masses". He said the policy would look,not

only at the print media but at all aspects of the media.

"Unf~rtunately", he said, having regard to all areas of work we

are into and the great pressures on the limited human resources we

have, that document is not yet complete but that still remains our


The Grenada "Torchlight" newspaper was closed down by the Bishop

Governm,:nt in October 1979.
( 157 words )

ZW7;* w


The St. George's University School of ;ledicin wi1ll graduate its

first doctors on May 24th when 98 memLe-rs of the "Charter Class"

of 1977 will get their diplomas at a "Ca: and Gown" cer.;,oGy at

Grcnada's National Convention Centre.

Principal speaker on that occasion will be Sir Gordon Wolstenholmc

Chairman of the School's Board of Ac.Iemic Trustees who is Presi-

dent of the European AcadmLr. of Mdiicinc and a .'mmber of the Gen-

eral Medical Council of Great Britain.

The Schol6 was .:stablished in July 1976 by an Act of the Grenada

Parliament under the Government of deposed Prime minister Eric

Gairy. and the doors of the Institution were opene& in Jauayyi 1977

with an enrollment of 197 students. More than 50 percent of

*th-es were drawn from the Uni.te- States of America Lut there were

also students from Jamai-?., Barbad:os, Trinidad & Tobago, Romaoia,

Iran, Czechoslovakia, RnS.u'n3, Surinam, Mexico and the Republic of


From the outset, the School has been the centre of controversy.

The Grenada Medical Association (GMA) expressed concern that it

had not been consulted by the Grenada Goverrnent before the School

was allowed to operate, neither was there any consultation with any

of the regional Medical Associations or the University of the West


In the absence of these consultations, GMA said," The standards

of the St. George's University School of Medicine have not been

subjected to scrutiny and maiy not conform to acceptable levels".

The faculty numbered 5 when the School open~.d and an investigation

by NEWSLETTER indicated that most of the members of the faculty

did not have the academic backgrround and teaching experience the

School authorities credited them with,a Questioned about this,

'A.merican born Dr., Charles Modica ( a doctor of law) Chancellor

of the School, pointed out that, by the end of 1977, the faculty

had been changed and expanded to 12 and there were some 30 vis-

iting professors and 3 guest speakers listed for the first and


WeL EnRlina 1i.5.a-

Week .En ing '1f .5.81 THB GRENADA NEWSLETTER Fge 13

second semesters.

"Some of our original i:r.i.fessors were not everything we expected",

he said, "and I realized we had some changes to be made in the fac-

Lx handed
Since then, the faculty has been expanded to 43 and is headed by

Australian born Vice-Chancellor Geoffrey H. Bourne, 72, previously

Director of the Yerkes Primate Centre in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.,

and a research Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England

and the Royal Ccollege of Physicians of London, Enjland.

In addition, over the period 1979 -"1980, the School had the ser-

vices of 76 "Visiting Professors".

The School's enrollment is how believed to be approaching 1000, but

there are still some unanswered questions about the Institution.

Secretary (Junior Minister) for Health, Dr. Bernard Gittens, said

last October that, at the request of the Peoples Revolutionary Gov-

ernment (PRG), a team from the University of the West Indies had con-

ducted a survey of the School and found that it was deficient in

some respects.

"We are qt satisfied witb tde speed wstlj whi-j tjese defizienctes

are being corrected", Dr. Gittens said, but efforts are being madews.

Questioned about this today, Minister of Health Norris Bain said

that "tremendous improvements" have been made at the School and the

PRG is satisfied with the progress made. "Most of the deficien-

cies have been corrected", he said, "and we are sure that the other

shortcomings will soon be made right".

Vice-Chancellor of the School, Dr. Bourne, was asked today what

"deficiencies" remain to be corrected. "There have never been any

formal complaints made to us by the Government", he said, "and we

have never understood what these deficiencies are supposed to be."

The Vice-Chancellor referred to the results of the School's stu-

Jents taking the United States Educational Commissioq for Foreign

iMedoical Graduates (ECFMG) examination. These results, he said,

continued -

Page 14 THE GRENUX. lAX tSR Week Ending 16.5.81

are the second highest for any American students tikilg the exam-

ination from any Medical School foreign to the United States, and

he felt this is a clear indication that there are no "deficiencies"

at"the School.

( 662 words )


The sitting of the Grenada Appeal Court scheduled for May 13th

has been postponed. An Official of the Court said that Mr. Jus-

tice Nicholas Liverpool, one of the three Judges of the Court, is

not available at this time aAd the Court is, .ow.expected to sit

on July 22nd.

Twelve Appeals have been listed for hearing, 6 bhfing Criminal cas-

es and 6 Civil. Of the latter, one involving Habeas Corpus has

considerable political Interest.

In-that case, Ralph Thompson, arrested on June 19th, 1980, the day

a bomb exploded at a public rally at Queens Park, St. George's,

claims he was wrongfully detained. The case was heard in the

Hiih Court before Mr. Justice Archibald Nedd and Thompson's law-

yer, Mt. Lloyd Noel, former Attorney General in the Peoples Rev-?

olutionary Government who resigned because of "differences of op-

inion" argued that the detention order under which Thompson is al-

lecied to have been arrested is invalid.

The decision was reserved and, on Dedember 12th last, Mr. Nedd

handed down his decision against Thompson.

There are six grounds in Thompson's appeal. Five relate to points

of law and the sixth claims that the Trial Judge "misdirected him-

self" that the "purported detention Order" was in force at the time

of the arrest.

( 208 words )


Week Ending 16.5. .81 THR-GRENADA NEWSLETTER Page 15


If Grenada is to go forward agd the Grenada revolution is to pros-

per, there are a number of revolutions, all related, that Grenad-

{ans must seek to bring about.

This is the view "of Prime Minister Maurice Bishop expressed on May

9th as he addressed the first meeting of the Gre.nala Science &

Technology Council.

Mr. Bishop said the "political revolution" is critical. The Gairy

dictatorship and the neo-colonial structures have been smAshed, he

said, and the struggles now in this area are against Imperialism

and in a search for new democratic structures and processes which

will ensure the greatest possible participation by all Grenadians.

"That political revolution", he said, "while it is still underway,

and while it still has a long way to go ( in terms of ensuring

that we are able to institutionalize the necessary mechanisms and

processes that will ensure continued progress in this area) none

--theless, we can certainly say that a fairly substantial start

has been made".

The Prime Minister listed three other 'revolutions' in which he

thought the Science and Technology Council could play a vital role.

These are thq economic and the cultural revolutions and the revo-

lution in Science and Techmology itself.

In the economic field, Mr. Bishop said it is necessary to seek the

maximum possible self-sufficiency and self-reliance so that Gre-

nadians cat carve out economic independence for themselves.

"This involves us to begin to develop a new sense of confidence in

our people", he said, "that tells them that there is an alternative
path, that there is a Way forward that we ourselves can carve out,

that our resources, natural and national, can certainly be develop

-ed in onr own interests".
Dealing with the "cultural revolution", Mr. Bishop said part of the

problem relates to Grenadians' habits of consumption, patterns of

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Paqe 16 THE GRENADA NEWSLBITSR Week ~Sa, n16.5.81.

tastes and life style. He thought G*fenadansl have to learn to

usetwhat they have and must stop trying to satisfy a taste, develop

-ed traditionally and historically, .for imported things which are

too expensive to match the island's resources.

"I am sure that the Science and Technology Cou cil can, play a very

critical role", he said, "not only in helping to spread .ideas about

the value of eating local and buying local, but also by helping to

create the necessary tastes and the best possible quality control

mechanism that will ensure th-t our people will be able to make the

necessary adjustments if the shortest possible time".

ThQ Prime Minister highlighted the "Science. & Technological Revo-

lution" and said it must be realized that, in this sphere, Grenada

starts from a zero base.

"In the area of fishing, for example", he said, 'we -ust recognize

that* what we are engaged! in t ,lay is still essentially biblIcal

fishing, that the way in which our fishermen continue to fish today

is very little different from the way Peter and Paul were fishing

on the Sea of Galilee 2000 years ago".

Nx. Bishop said this indicates the difficulties of the task, the

amount of work to be done and the need for maximum creativity: to

find the best possible local and appropriate technology to solve.

these pressing problems.

The Prime Minister said that, through the ages, Science and Tech-

nology have played an important part in helping to bring about

human progress and, in Grenada, a start in this direction is be-

ing made at so low a level that the struggle assumes important

proportions. '

"But it also gives us an important opportunity that we must not

fail to recognise", he said, an opportunity to choose, at this'

early period, the most appropriate forms that are.relevant to our


r. Bishop urged the Science and Technology Council to give con-

a'-eration to the matters of "human commitment and working out
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an approach for being able o*e deal with the problems of the masses

and communicating with the masses". F* did not think it is enough

that the members of the Council should just put their skills into

developing scientific and technological possibilities.

"Even while you are engaged i7A that process", he said, "a process

that is necessarily limited to a relatively small number of people,

it is important for us to try to develop aD approach that will en-

sure the maximum possible communication with the masses of people

in our country".
( 712 words )


The Christian Peace Cenference which wound up its meeting in Gre-

nada on May 15th has condemned the militaryy and economic aggress-

ienS of United States Imperialism and its allies in the region a-

gainst free Grenada and its revolution".

The condemnation came in a 'Declaration of Grenada", approved by

the Conference and read out at an ecumenical service held *a May

14th in the St. George's Anglican Church and attended by Prime Min-

ister Maurice Bishop and Mr. Selwyn Strachan, Minister of Communi-

cations, Works and Labour.

The "Declaration" also expressed "solidarity with "Free Grenada and

the hopes that its Goverpneat and people attain the highest achieve

-ments in the developmeAt and consolidation of the Peoples Revolu-

tion that this small but great nation is building",

Present at the service, in addition to delegates from the Confer-

elce, were Roman Catholic Bishop of St. George's, Sydney Charles

and Anglican Archdeacon of Grenada Hoskins Huggins. The sermon

was preached by Bishop Charles who urged that, in the search for

peace, his listeners should not try to escape from reality, evade

issues facing them, compromise with principles or turn to physical

violence. Instead, he said, they should seek peace through just-

ice, love, truth and freedom.
( 196 words )

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Anti-Ieoplje Attitude2

Another document read at .the 2cumrnical Service waws a "letter"

from the Confeoencre to the Christians, and Churches in Latin Am-

erica and the Caribbean.. That. letter expressed concern Aver and

repudiated "the anti-people and militaristic .attitude of the Rea-

gan administration".

"We condemn the unitedd States Imperialism prevention too show how

powerful it is with its massive military aid to the anti-Christ-

ian Government of El Salvador", the letter says, "with its blt-

ant support to the counter-revolutionary forces of Nicaragua;

with ils friendship and aid to the totalitarian regimes in the

continent as Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay, Haiti and Gua-


The letter calls on Latia American and Caribbean peoples to give

ceoperatiob and commitment to the struggle "between dignity and-

outrage, between liberation and oppression, between laughs and

tears, between life and death".

Bishop Charles and Archdeacon Huggins said, after the service,

that they are not in a position to either endorse or disassociate

themselves from the "Declaration of Grenada" o% the "Letter" from

the Conference.

"We had no part in drafting these documents, we have had no op-

portunity to study them", Bishop Char3es said, "and we did not

kaow they were going to be read. here tonight!'..

Senior ecclesiastic at the Service was Archbishop Nikodin Rusnok

of the Russian Orthodox Church. Archbishop Rusnok, who was form-

erly Archbishop of Argentina, is no Archbishop of the Ukranian

city of Karcov and the nearby smaller town of Bogodukov.

Countries represented at the Conference were Mexico, Costa Rica,

Panama, Colombia, Uruguay, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Nicaragua, El Sal-

vador, Ecuador, Peru, Chili, The Federal Republic of Germany,

Soviet Russia and Grenada.

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Churches.-represented were RUoma. Catholic, Methix'st Presbyterian,

Church o6f Christ,' Bapt:ct; Orthodbx and Spissopllan. '
;1 :.. .. (474 words.t


"What has-happeners in-Greoada, by and large, is that the estab-

lished Church has: ndt' cyme tfullly ijit6 the revolution",

Minister of Education Geotge Louisop said this today, 12th, as .he

addressed the Christian Peace Conference now in session in Grena-

da, but Mr. Louison throuht the Peoples Revolutionary Government

(PRG) has received'broad support' from a significant number of

Church' mOembers.

"But in terms of forthright participation and open participation",

he said, "that(Church involvement with the revolution) has been


Mr. Louiso. said that over the last two years, there have been
some examples of "difficulties" w~h the Church, and he referred

to a "conflict with the Roman Catholic Church" which arose in Feb

-ruary 1980 iith reference to a letter written by Dominican

Priests in Grenada to their counterparts in Britain.

'A tiny clique of :about 5 priests, who were hostile to the revolu-

tion were trying to recruit Priests who, they claim, were versed

in fighting against, according to them, Marxist society", he said,

"and therefore, they would have been able to recruit these

priests so that they could have served as a check against, what

they called, creeping socialism in our country.
Support Limited
Mr. Louison said the whole Church was not involved in this move.

He felt that, by and large, the PRG has received "broad support"

from the Church but this support has been "limited".

The Christian Peace Conference was first organized in Prague,

Czechoslovakia in 1958 and its objective is "to support the

peoples of the world who are struggling for peace against in-

justice".. continued
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A-,Regional Comnmittee:for Latin erica.-and the Caribbean was es-
tablished in 1977 under the name,: ',.Christian Movement For Peace,

Independence And Progress Of Peoples", agd this Committee has de-

clared its solidarity with movementss of national liberation

which fight against oppression and exploitation, hunger, illiter

-acy and racial discrimination'.

The Conference in Grenada was opened on May 10th by Prime Minis-

ter Maurice Bishop and is under the Chairmanship of Costa Rica

born Methodist Bishop Jacinto Ordcnez who was, at one time Bish-

-p of Panama but now serves the Church in the United States.

Participants in the Conference were drawn from the Soviet Union,

East Germany, Guyana, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago and Latin Ameri-

ca. The last Conference wa$ held in Managua, Nicaragua, last

y". ar, . : 7 : :

*The Coafereace ended on May 15th.

( 384 words )


Chairman of the Christian Peace Conference,.Costa Rican born

Methodist Bishop Jacinto Ordonez, said here on May 15th that

there is no doubt that the Conference is in favour of the estab-

lishment and preservation of Human Rights i;i all coc~tries.

"At the same time", he said, "we know that we are not perfect and,

in trying to construct a new society we have to seek the path of.

justice, and in doing this justice we, maybe, will have mistakes

and- we have to be critical of ourselves".

Bishop Ordonez said this seiF-criticism must be directed towards

the possible violation of Human Rights but "never against the

process of reconstruction of a new society".

Chairman Ordonez was asked to comment on a statement by Minister

of Education George Louison that the Christian Church in Grenada

has given the Peoples Revolutionary Government only "limited"

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"Ouri message to the Churches and Christians in Latin America and

the Caribbean area, which included Grenada", Bishop Ordonez said,

"is a message in relation to the commitment of Christians in fav-

our of a process in favour of the poor and needy,"
Jesus Calls
One of the principal responsibilities of Christians today, he

said, is to be clear in relation to the "signs of the times" as

the Bible says. In order to be clear in this relation, Bishop

Ordonez thought, Christians must analyse all the social, economic,

political and cultural processes and, against the background of

that analysis, have a clear position in favour of the poor and


"If a Church in any place in Latin America has ambiguity in this

position", he said, "Jesus is calling us to be clear in favour of

the creation of the new life, new earth, new society, more just

order of life. In this sense, that is our message to the Church-

es here also, but we cannot say what the position of the Churches

here should be. That is the task of Christians here, but our

call is for support for the processes of freedom and justice."
(339 words)


In a question and answer session with the Christian Peace Confer-

ence which met in Grenada this week, Minister of Education George

Louison defined the ideology of the New Jewel Movement (NJM), the

political party of the governing Peoples Revolutionary Government


"Ideologically, our party defines itself as a Socialist party

that has been revolutionally democratic to its approach to poli-

tics in our country", he said.

The Minister said NJM has been revolutionary because the party

has been prepared to take power "by any means for and on behalf

of the working people". This is brought out, he said, by the

fact that, during the 8 years of the party's existence, it has

taken part in all main forms of struggle towards capture of power.
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Mr Louison.said NJM continues to work towards the goal of making

sure that Grenada s economic resources are owned and controlled

by Grenadians and are used for the benefit of "the ordinary work-

ing people" of Grenada.

Concerning the PRG's foreign policy, Mr Louison said the NJM

has pursued a policy of nonalignment "in its true essence".

This, he said, pursuing the "principle policy" of being anti-col-

onialist, anti-racist, anti-neo-colonialist, anti-imperialist,

anti-monopolist (sic), anti-apartheid and fighting consistently

on the Side of the poor and oppressed people of the world.

"Our foreign policy has been, therefore, essentially one of be-

ing nonaligned in its genuine sense", he said, "of developing

relations with the progressives of the world, developing rela-

tions with the socialist countries."

The Minister said relations have been established with all the

socialist countries of Eastern Europe and with Viet Nam, and

that has been the main focus and thrust of the NJM foreign poli-


"We are trying to make that link between our domestic policy and

our foreign policy", he said, "because we see our foreign policy

as an extension of the justice, peace and development that we are

trying to build in our country."
(320 words)


Reverend Raul Fernandes Ceballos, 70, Presbyterian Superintendent

of Cuba, said here on May 15th that there is freedom of religion

in Cuba. Rev. Ceballos, who was in Grenada to attend the Christ-

ian Peace Conference, said that no religion in Cuba is allowed

to fight against the Cuban revolution or socialism, but freedom

of conscience is guaranteed by the State.

"The Cuban Government does not believe in God", Rev. Ceballos

said, "and the State promotes the doctrine of materialism, but
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we Christians believe the human- person needs something more thah

materialism, and it is our job as Christians to show that that

something is in belief in a Creator God".

Sope of .he young generation of CubhUs 'JUit bc the teaching of

materialism, Rev.. Ceballos said, but, he'pointed 'out' that, before

the Cuban revolution, there were alsb losses of young Fpeople from

the Church, these losses occurred when young people attended the

secular university. He believes that what the Church needs now

is a deeper study of the Bible in order to arm itself with the

truths which will win souls for Christ.
( 184 words )


A Grenadian woman may be among the persons who were wounded on

May 13th during the assassination attempt onPope John Paul II-

Roman Catholic Bishop of St. George's, (Grenada) Monsignor Sydney

Charles, said today,i'6th, he had had an inquiry from Roman Cath-

olic Archbishop of Jamaica, jSaamul Carter as to whether Biihop

Charles knew of a Miss Rose Hall from Grenada who might be visit-

-ing Rome at this time.

Archbishop Carter told Bishop Charles he` had information that a

Jamaican of that name had been shot in the arm at the time of the

assassination attempt but, since he knew,of no Jamaican by that

same who was visiting Rome, he wondered whether Bishop Charles

knew of a "Rose Hall" from the Grenada diocese who was in Rome.

The leader of the Roman'Catholic Charismatic Group in'GGrenada is

Miss Rose Hall and, together with another Grenadian, M g. Cynthia

Marrast, she left Grenada on April 30th travelling via Trinidad

and arriving is Rome on May 2nd. The purpose of the trip was to

attend a Charismatic Conference in Rome. Miss Hall was due to

leave Rome on May 14th and, after spending a few days in Britain,

was to return to Grenada on May 18th.

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No Information
Miss Rose Hall's mother, xrs. Leaetta Hall, said today(16th\.

that, apart from the information she has had from Bishop Charles,

she knows nothing of the fate of her daughter. "If Rose has

been injured and is ig. hospital",y she said, I fear she must be

seriously hurt or she certainly would -have sent ,a cable br phoh-

.(3 to, reassure us by thiS time",.

sourcess close to'the Hall family said today they have no idea

how 'they can get in touch with Rose or get information as to

whether she is the person who has been woun-i!. "If she does

not return by Monday (18th) when she is due", they said, "we

shall be even more concerned than we are now".

( 321 words )
-- "-'I' >- "y


Minister of Agriculture Unison Whiteman disclosed here on May

11th that Gaest Industries .Ltd, the United Kingdom buyer of Gre-

nada's banana production, has made a donation of EC$50 throsand

towards the .island's fight against Moco disease in the banana


Mr. Whiteman said the donation was formally handed over by Mr.

Lloyd. Benjamin, Geest. Industries Manager in Grenada, at an iin.

-formal ceremony last Friday (8th).

Referring to the Moco disease which was identified in Grenada

some three yearS ago, Mr. Whiteman expressed the view that good

progress has"beenh made in eradicating the disease, but said the

island is not yet free of it and considerable work remains to be

'lone as npg infected areas have been discovered.

.sked a6out the request the Peoples Revolutionary Government

(PRG) made to the British Government for aid for hurricane dam-'

age last year, Mr. Whiteman said the PRG had been told "inform

-ally but'directly" that this aid would not be given, as a

result, he said, relations between St. George's a d London

"could be more Cordial".
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The Minisqeq .said the .-aid from. ~ri in,hbd been requested,togeth-

er. with S-,. Vincept, St,.. Lucia and Doami3ica, through the Windward

Islands Banana Association,. ad the PF h O ie concerned that, since

onvly Greeada had beep refused, aid, it introduce : "a divisive in-
flueace in the regional integration movement". ,.
"Most colaWial countries .have maintained a relationship of sym-

pathy with.their ex-colonies .ven ia conditions where those ex-

colonies have made revolutions, and where the former colonial mas-

ters are not 100 percent happy with.some .;Qf-the, programmes or thej-

political course of these copptries", lhe: said, "and I am. shocked

that the British are violating that principle".

Mr. Whitcean said the British have discredited themselves in this

matter but the position of the PRG iS that they are "still willing

to discuss. calmly with people and. give them an opportunity to ex-

tricate themselves from whatever traps they ha.e put themselves in''

( 320 words )


The Peoples Rev4lutionary Government (PRG has taken. steps to
"prove beyond a shadow of a doubt' that actions of the World. Bank

and International Monetary.Fund (IMF) "are motivated by opportun-

ism and political prostitution ... .

Minister of Finance Bernard Coard said here early this month that

letters have been sent to fellow mitAisters of Finance who are mem-

bers of the IP Board of Governors briefing them on the "blatant

and vulgar pol tical interference" by IMF and the World Bank in

Grenada's internal affairs..

This action arises from an alleged attempt by the IMF to block

funding to Grenada and charges by the World Bank that-problems.

with funds to Grenada were because of the absence of a feasibility

study. .

According to a statementL issued today by the Government Informiior

Service (GIS), Minister of Legal Affairs, Ag4o Industries and
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-tsheies eidcic~P Radix, Charges that IMF is holding up' a

U6 1 9 miliio -loan to Grenada. GIS says ''a senior' official of

the World-'Bapnk has" said thit to1 fuidsw ere released for Grenada's

international airport prbject because"no feasibility stfdy was"

presented. ;

Mr. Card says' o6 fufds are'beig sought' by Grenada from IMP and

the World Bank for he airport project' The application to IM,

he says,'is under IMF 's"extennded fund facility" and, until the

United States representatives on the IMF board of Directors asked

ir Ls indefinite postponement from the agenda, IMF considered

the Grenadai application to be "one of the most technically souyn


~r ::- ar ifl- sco that'adema'nid has been made to the IMF Managing
Director that Grenada~s loan application be put before the Board

immediately ;and thAt Grenada 's representative should be allowed

to address the Board meeting.

The behaviour of IMF and the World Bank have nothing to do with

impartiality, objectivity"and with a non-discriminatory and pro-

fessional approach to the question bf loan applications by member

states, Mt. Coard said, Aid fe declared that the outcome of Gre-
nada's request to the IMF Managing Director will determine whether

or not Grenada remains a member of the IM .
( 338 words )

A -, ,SSS.:y:338S.^ &"~\ . .

The Peoples Revolutionary Government' (PiG) has presented Grehad-

i-ns with a record National Budget for 1981."

AI'rossih g an audience -of some 400 persons in the Convention

Centre on Grand Anse Beach on February 12th apd simultaneously

broadcasting over.state-owned Radio Free Grenada, Minister 'of

FiRance Bernard Coard said that, in 1980, the PRG had aimed at a

total budget of EC$103 million and had achieved a budget of"some

-where between 95 and 100 million".
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"This -yea", lhe a44,, XPe info^ tyhe, incre4Able,,.A WC$16 z.414,-
ion Budget and, if we achieve, qen 70% ,this -targets, it .wuld

be the most incredible feat ever attempted and achieved in the

ecAihMIc hit6 fr"'** drenada *

Mr. Coard said that, withaq. m.a.masures which. cae, inpo effect ia-
mediately, the recurrent Budget of EC$70 million will be financed
froi taxrevenue. education is to receive the biggest slice of

recurrent expenditure with 14. million, haith coming next with

SBC$9O: million. -

The capital Budge~o o EC$90 nilliop is spread over more- than 180

different projects headed by.,the Point Saline International Air-

port project with EC$32 million. Agriculture comes next with

EC$30 million.
* 'i '' "; '* l Gr nts 1 '
The Minister of Finance did aQt give fulldetails as to how the
capital Budget is to be financed but some $EC2a million will be

in the form of grants. Heading the, lIst of donors is the Europ-

ean Development Fund with BC$10 million. Iraq is giving EC$4.5

million, anada EC$4 million, Algeria EC$2.7 million and the dit

-ed States 'C$2 million. The Soviet Union is giving BCC$2 amiton
in agri iltural equipmentt.

The PRG w l1 also, receive EC$32 million in loans. Iraq and Lybia
The ,R .;* ;. .i -. .- .. .. Iraq and Ly
will lend respectively EC$13 and 10.8 million, OB3C will, lend

EC$2.7 million and EC$6 million will come from the Caribbean Dev-

elopment Bank.

Details of last year ts Budget have not yet been published' and Mr..

Coard has promised to make these and the details of the 1981 Budg-

et available 4.
*427 W"6*is)


Minister-of Pinaricp Bernard Coard has warned Grenadians that there

are difficult times ahead .4r them.; .'Delivering his Budget ad-

dress on February12th, he said 1980 was a "terrible year" for the
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wdenn'fntfastriaised ayunities -6 which Greiada is ihkir Adon-
omnrddly, stand 1981 wooks ually bad;,' r '

"However," he said, "despite both the international and. internal

problems which we faced", the hard wotk, commitment and sacrifice
-of our "Ipeopl brought'sdme very positive' results .

Listing some of the achievements of the Peoples RevolutionaFy.Gov
-ernnenF last year, Mr. Coard referred to, work on construction of

the international airport at Point Saline., Hp referred

also -t :ae laying of drains and culverts in the repair project

of th e stern main road, to building of community centres and to

r- of soe' agricuiiural feeder rbads damage:! by hurricane and&

"Last ,-'r we were able to reduce income taxes for the poorest

S.-r.t .:ns of the population which-cost the Government ECS.17 mill-

ion in: J:--t revenue", he said, "and we introduced free health

eare :- ..* -the Fpeple of Grenada despite the economic difficulties".

Mr. Coard said secondary school fees had been reduced tQ. C$12.50
-r term last year, despite the economic difficulties an' cqm-

;ne:.c. -_ next September, secondary education in Grenada i;.1l be

e. Also in the field of education, he said that, last year,

"Mianssive numbers" -caf young people rekeived scholarships for 'uni-

versity e..:ucationr r. r .. .

"We provided 600 of the poorest families with housing repairs

3i t year", he said, so that they could have a sound roof and

fioor to their homes". A .

Among other achievements, :Mr. Coard listed the establishment of

the Fish Processing plant, the Fruit Juice Canning plant, the Cof-

fee Processing plant, the iFishing Industry and 9 new institutions

of learning, including an in-service training unit for public ser-

vants .
.| :. ( 298; words: )

.1 .. -.* *1.; l .^ 4. 4 . SAaAr Aaic AaLM3B

Against the t ourfo th1 inerna~n tional 1 onomc situato i
:. anad the' ne Fereni"' ec6t' i hatiod in Grenada', -he outry cannot
afford to pay its employees any increase in salariess now.

kiniis'iit of Finance Birnard Ois akd said `tAis on Febr ary i2th in
th' cose orhlis Budge* iaddrss and he sai tha, consi ing

this, Gover imeAt s ot f ti t`6 A mp ioy ees f&' a 12% sa'lay in
Sa in-
cr4ase "~:is in extremely gene~ius' and, frrom te point of view
of the' taxpayers, ihurf offer". '

Mr. Coard was referring to the deadlocked.wage nggotititions ,be-
tween Government and the three Trade Unions representing Govern-
ment employees. Government has offered an increase of 121% in

1 91, and ~'% in both 1986 and 196i3. The Unions have demanded
-* in igal an3d 25% in r`98

Mr. Card said the- Uions had called Government's offer an "in-
suit" and he wished"to point out wha9t that "insult is going to
cost Gienadians. 1 i sad' that, 'if there was no increase in sal-

aries for Government employees, there would be no increase in tax-
ation in the 1981 Budget ." .vr, Government's offer to the

Unions -will cos EC$3..5 million this year and he outlined five
new taxes,_the revenuee from which "will be used exclusively to
pay higher public workers".
The Reason
The first tax is an increase from 71% to 10% in stamp duties pay-
able to the Customs on imported goods. This measure will raise

BC$1.5 million and will increase the cost of imported goods, but

some Items ( educational materials, agricultural machinery, fish
medicines, milk products, baby foods etc. ) are exempt.

The tax on gasolene is up by 7j% making an increase of 24 BC cents
per imperial gallon in the ret#dl price and this will produce rev-
enue of half a million BC dollars.

The Stamp Duty a GasoLene Tax took immediate effect and, from
July 1st, postage rates will go up by 50%. Mr. Coard said post-
age rates in Grenada have not increased for some time and are
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among the lowest .M E .ALSM-tk f he said, "that is

nt thbereajoiwwhws* ae ,pinpr t ea. 4re inMrA
them- to find h tI-a al, f ioglary .t i2
to public servants;
Just Enough
The fourth tax, whichaa mm iedint effect s, p. beer and }pic-
its alwill iprcease Ihe iRrice of ,a bofte: of beer by 12 cents
and a bottle of spirits by between 50.cents and EC$.1, 4r.
Coard said that when, recently the price of a botle of beer
e p, i o -.-oof *.5 Si ;. -
went from one dollar to $1.25, consumpt on increased, "Bu$", he
said, "that is not why we are putting 12- cents on a bottle of
beer.- 0e -re doing it to6 ind the' revenue to pay the i121j to
pNblic' servdirts'4, ** no t at : 1 *'
. . ,.. *. cus. o s -i-'
The final tax is an increase the curtoms ,uty,9n potpr vehi-
cles ( with the exception of busses) which gPes fzop 25% ,to .30.

"All these measures are estimated to provide, in ,total 3. million

EC dollars in 1981", Coard said, "just enough to cover the in-,
creased wages of twelve and 4 half percent for public servants",
(509 words )

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