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The Grenada Nevsletter Saturday 29th May, 1993 Page 9


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TPIRUIRIAM II
AD~m rT i'n T'riTlivFP


y R GEORGE BRZAN,
MAirister for Agriculture,
disclosed on May 27th that
Sthe European Economic
Community EEC) had appve appivd a
grant to Gemnada of some. EC$7
million dollars


the EEC has aver provided structural
adjustient support," the. Iiiister said.

Mr Brizan's xenarks ere made at the
g official opening of an EEC
l ^ financed farm roads develop-
r.tnment project,- aid he said he
:'- ..Is w a's told by EEC officials that


This giant, he said, is to assist tl them are two rt asons for EEC
island with its self-imposed A support for nads strtul
structural adjustment p-.gramne '. adjustment pgramme
adjustment p.mrarn een- .
and. to close the fiscal gap in the ..:-
outturn of the 1993 budget. First, he said, Grenadahasafist
class reputation i implemnt-
'Grenad a is the first couy ation-of ai- EEC projects.
am.ongthe CAfricanP c : ,Secondly, EEC officials
andr Cabbea (AC' :. have expressed confid-
countes, which does not ... MR CEOJRGE EBRlZAN mce that Grenmdas self-
have an official Inemational Mon- designedd and imposed structural adjust-
1etary Fund (IMF) pmgraane, to which m t noraymm in tke the rntnrv
a m t rnor mmp vill take the rountry


BILL From Pate 8
Seen vntten -to Prime Minister Nicholas
Brathwaite relative to the Police road
block preventing workers from app-
roaching Parliament Buid.ing.

She said-also that some GUT members
j bad been "beaten" by the Police and legal.
i action is to be taken.


! "On Wednesday J-me 2nd, teachers will
have a national day of protest against the
police nation", she s aid. "It -vil not be a
Ssick-out but a strike."'
. m:, mmmm,,


"out of the vood".
WillReceive More Money
The Minister said he had been advised by
EEC officials that if by the end of this year;
Grenada can show a 60% completion of the
various EEC projects now being imple-
mented, thenE is strong likelihood the island
will receive moie money for additional
projects and for s tructral adjustmentsupport
in 1994.

It is now for Grenada to continue to perform
satisfactorily, he said, and h disclacod that-
before the end of this year, Grenada vill
Peael Ste EEC Pare 10


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The Grenada Nevsletter Saturday 29th May, 1993 Page 10




SAIRTh4flO' W UA'TET





A iEJMImTa= TCON


ACCORDING TO A DOCU-
-ment submitted by the
C ARIC'.M Secretanrat last
January to the Transition
Team of then United States President elect
Bill Clinton, the Caribbean
Community (CARICOM) sees
its slations with the United .
States as not only critical in its
own right, but as pivotal to the -.
level and quality of its relations ::::
with tle rest of the hemis phere. :


I


The CARICOM countries and LTac


the United States are inextricably linked
through geography, history culture, econ-
omics and people, the document says, and
those countries are keen to continue to
underpin these fundamental linkages by
collaborative and co-operative polit-
Sical relations.

.. "In the face of the above," the
-J document says, "the Caribbean
.-Community would vish to initiate
Sand maintain a strong dialogue V ith
OM Please See CARICOM Pae 11


EEC From Pas 9
assume the chairmanship of the APC
Council of Mi isters. This, he said, will
place the island in a very sttegic position.

Mr Brizan iefenrrd to the industrial dispute
bet-ween the Seamren & Wa'ZiEfront WTorkers
Union and the Greiada Shipping Agents
(GSA) which 1-has resulted ma go-slow in-
dustrial action and said it will not help the
country.v

'"T7 etfSrBI of WreaW ff I&e -ast
saparlts t es rn t of t&e st nul
a&djistEnt jwr mranS hje said, "aifS,
if emwne e it not wIcaf at Ithe pLart
Mtes Wi9 le a AbarWsI

That shortfall, he said, will :affect adversely
the overall performance, tarnish Grenada's
reputation and stand in the way of getting
more funds firom the EEC fbr projects of


benefit to farmers.

The Minister was critical of SWWU indust-
rial action on the docks from time to tmrr
which has affected shipments of fahm
produce and which has "sandwiched fanners
in a vice".
This Dishonest
An SWWU spokesman has said the union
has nothing against the farmers, Mr Brizan
said, but this is dishonest because, if that
was so, farmers' produce would not have
been left on the docks to rot.

The 1.5 mile farm road project launched on
May 27th marks the sixth road project
undertaken on the east coast within recent
times. Five of these roads are EEC financed
while the sixth is backed by a loan from the
Caribbean Development Bank.
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The Grenada Nevsletter Saturday 29th May, 1993 Pge 11
CARIOOM From Pag 10


the nev Administration of the United Sates "

The areas of priority discussion, the
document says, are C ARICOMIUS Econ-
omic Relations, CaribbeanBananain the
European Market, Regional Integrtion
and Co-operation in the Caribbean, The
Eniron-uent and illicit Drugs

According to the document in 1980, the
United States -was the largest market for
CARICOM's exports and the second largest
supplier of its imports.

By 1990, however, CARICOM had shifted
its imports from the rest of the vord to the
United States. In that year,
imports from the US totaled
US $2.02 billion and this made t
the US the dominant supplier
to CARICOM.

On the other hand, in signi-
ficant measure because the US
Administration steadily re-
duced the CAPRICOM sugar
quotafrom 128,681 metric tonnes
in 1984 to 70,682 tonnes in 1991 I
92, CARICOM's domestic exports to the
US fell from US$2.83 billion in 1980 to
US$1.58 billion in 1990.
Reduce Further
The North Am-nrcan Fres Tade Agreement
(NAFTA) vill ir cr.ase the quota for
Mexican sugar in the US market, the
document says, and consequently reduce
further the already small quota for
CARICOM counties.

The importance of NAFTA to the US overall
strategy is appreciated, the document says,
but CAR IC OM countries do not accept that
the relatively more developed Mexico must
be given a competitive advantage in the US
market and for US investment.

"CARICOM therefore requests that the
conditions of access provided to Mexico
under NAFTA be extended to the Caribbean


Basin Initiative (CBI) participating
countries," the document says, "also that the
current CARICOM access for sugar be
maintained."

The document points out that the total debt
of CARICOM countries is approaching
US $10 billion of which approximately US $1
billion is due to the US.

The US has, in recent years, takensignificant
steps to reduce this debt, the document says,
and it urges the Clinton Administration to
maintain the policy of debt reduction.

The document refers to opposition of
"dollar producing Latin Ameri-
can countries to preferences
given by the European Com-
Smunity to bananas from the
S African,CaribbeanandPaci-
P tfic (APC) countries includ-
Sing the Windvard Islands,
1 < Jamaica and Belize.

The United States and the
World Bank, in making the case
or global free trade in the General Agree-
ment on Trade And Tariffs (GATT), the
document says, have unintentionally moved
to an e xreme position of support for"dollatr
banana producers against the minuscule
banana producers in the Caribbean.

The position being poot wrM-d is that the 7%o
of the vord banana market being supplied
by the APC countries would so, distort vorld
trade as to totally compromise the Urugay
Round of Negotiations, the document says.
Are Convinced
The CARICOM Countries are convinced,
the document says, that the Uruguay Round,
built as it has been on negotiated com-
promises and accommodation, can accom-
modate the peculiar circumstances of the
small amount of bananas supplied to the
European Community Market by ACP
suppliers.
e= ee CARIGOM Paze 12


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The Gmnada Nesletter Saturday 29Mh May, 1993 Page 12
CARICOM DPam Page 11
"CARICOM requests the US Administration to use its tremendous influence to seek a
solution vhich vould preserve the Banana Industry in CARICOM, in particular in the
Windvard Islands," the document says, "until an orderly process of diversification and
transformation can be effected by the Governments."


--EWS SHORTS


Educ!aion Plan ,Next Year

Grenada's fie f -year Education Plan is
expected to come into effect in the 1994-
1995 academic year.


GIS vas advised by an officer of the Ministry
of Education that the draft Plan should be
ready by March 1994 and the final Plan by
Jne 1994, in time for the start of the 1994-
5 academic year.


According to the Government Information
Service (GE), vork on the Plan began= with
foamation of sub-committees to deal vith
six different education policy areas, and
these sub-conmnittees vill identify pro-
grammes for implementation vithin five
'years.

Don't write "West
That space divides,
Let's write "Westin
Proud symbol of ot


In identifyig these pogrammes, the sub-
committees vill be guided by the Orga
isalion of East Caribbean States (OECS)
Education Reform Strategy Document and
the Grenada Education Policy Document.

The sub-committees ae expected to meet in
plenary session in July to prepare a draft
document expected to be ready for
"Education Week" in October 1993.


CXC To Ens


cine 39Thi~


Candidates

The Caribbean Examination Council (CXC),
in May/June 1993, vill examine 89,876


candidates from 16 territories, these can-
didates having registered to vrite 32S,OM6
subject examinations selected from the 39
subjects offered by the Council.

InassociationvithBergerPaints (Caribbean)
Ltd, CXC vill honour the best regional can-
didates in the overall examinations as vell
as the best in specific areas including Arts
and Crafts. English and Business.


Alister Hughes
29th May 1993
Prine:d & Paliba By Tie Pnfropitw,
Alhser Htha Journealt,
Of Sctt Stret, St.Grge's Grunada, Wetaaives
(P0 .O.B 65: Pkone [~09] 44 2538: Cables HUa )N, Graada


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OFFICIALS OF THE GRE-
n ad.a TirJes Urion Co: uncil
(TUJC i decided officially onM ay
17th to picket Pa iamrent. Build-
Geoge's on -the folloving


This action as in pr test
against pDasage of a Bill to '
amer_ thr T;e.T- Dis-putes 1,
(Arbitation 'and rquiry- ) Act
hich, it w-as tbhen blisved. tie
Natiornl Demrocratic Co2gess
(NDC) Governrient of Prime lMin
isterN holas Brahwaita inte rdd.
to take th.iugh all its stages on
May 18th.


AD
nEEd row for ciLeisive
-term interests of the
try
Mr Anslem De Bourg, TUC mInmrrdiate Past.
PTesident, told the media that, uider the Act
as it then stood, disputes might be ,efenred
to the Labour Conrmmissioner or the Minister
of Labour for conciliation, .following which
* the parties can decide whether they vill
Atgc to, atitration or not-


HI :- I
%PB RIS thI T E
BRATHWAITt


kWhat the amended Act sought to do,
he said, as to give the Minister of
ILabour authnty to decide how long
te matter might remain at the
conciliation level, and he also decides
whethl r the natter should go on
F' io an Axtitration Tribunal whose
. avait shall be bir ing.


e saelP see BILL


Pare 2


The TUC decision was disclosed by vMr
Derek Allard, TUC Vice Pesident, at. a prss
conference on May 7th', and he said the
ration vcoui be "'psentative picketing".

"Our presence at that picket vill not be
justified in trms of hov many members
turn out, vbether ve have 500 or 1,000
people there," he said, "Everyone vho
can make it, we are asking them to be
there, but the leadership of all the Unions
vill be there to ensure that our position
is made clear"


IN THIS ISSUE


* Controversial Bill
Passed .......................
EEC Supports Structural
Adjustment Plan......
CARICOM Wans
Dialogue With Clinton
Admisttio ........
Nevs Shorts .........-.....


UI


Ta 5 IIELL ITR

. amn satisfied there is
action to serves tfae Lon


ings in St
day.


PIBMM see Y-


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The Grenada Newsletter Saturday 29th May, 1993 Page 2


BILL From Page 1
In a strict sense, Mr De Bourg said, that
amendment vould be a violation of the fee-
dom 6f association of the Unions and the
parties involved.

Mr De Bourg said the ar--ending Bill vould
also ban arn industrial action V tile the
matter is before the Tfibunal and until lihe
award is halned down. T is ban was also
binding, he said, on members of other unions
vho might vish to take sympathy action in
support of the union involved t- the dispute.



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Ithe r oo o.r a.v -
" a? ThaI s wyC catrrrrd nMfrs ffT ?J2z t ?
Mft ie tr s 02toi< he sai, 4k 75asX


ystat? tw s ff rna A mrW&osstt aMn
MH&1t W t'U tsdZE f A'

With reference to awa r s of the Tribural,






Analysis of the bill sh-oed a c angel in the
accustomed indusmal pattern im G-nada
which cha-ge violates the Co- mention of the
Intertional Labour O gnisation (I) he
said, and the TUC .would lave to take the
matter up ith ILO-..
Tied Up Operations
A few hours lahTie speaking on national
radio, Prirme Mnister Nicholas BmntTwaile
mrfeired to the Seamen and Waterfiont.
Workers (SWW.U) "go-so a nd "annoy-
an-ce strike ,which 1 hatedtie up operations
on St Georges docks, and said Go:er =n.me.t
rrtust interver;e now.


action to serve the long-term interests of the
country," he said.
i
The Prime Minister save details of the
industrial dispute which has existed since




i
1987 between SYW and Grznada S1hip-I
ping Agents (GSA), the o'gat satior: repre-
sentig the island's major shipping agents.

The dispute centres, principally, on hand.lingl
of container cargo, and Mr Bratvhaite
recounted ths many efforts i-rrda, -u





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nC. -un -^oi

success: fully to find a solution.
Not Comipulsory
At the present tin. at'itration of industrial
disputes is not compulsory and the Prime




Prime+
Minister said, after s ome sx-. years, all efforts I
at cciliatn a a.bitttion vere then at
a dead and.

As a result, he said, irdurial action
-: _., auction
threatens to kill the national economy and
force Grenala into the haish provisions off
ani International Monetary Fund (IMF)
Agreement.

Both the S',^U and GSAh say they vant a
fiAal and binding settlement having the force
of law, the Prime Mimnster said, but, for six
years they have failed to produce one by-
their ovwn efforts and no expect the State
t4-.do that.

"In the search for a solution to the in-
dustrial problem at the St George's dock,
the baton has nowv passed to the State,"
he said, "asd the State cannot afford to
drop the baton- The buck stops here."

Plea See BILL Pae 31


"I am satisfied there is need now for decisive







The Grenada Nevsletter Saturday 29th May, 1993 Page 3


BILL From Page 2
The Chairnan of the Grenada Ports
lAuthority (GPA) had been instructed that
|GPA should, take over direct management
of the dock ard be answerable fbr labour
i
matters thee, the rinme Minister said.

Addito y, h said t at meeting of
Parliament fixed fpr the following delay
I(8th), the TMade Disputes (Arbilration &
Inqumrf) Act would paaiJd.ed tp fena
8ia StafP at any tin tc- set up an
Arbitrtion Tribunai tL settle trade
Disputes ir areas of vital interest t e i.
jthe State.
Final And Binmdg
AThe Goveror-General, action on'-
the advice of the inter of
Labour, y yins tnrctthe Tribunal that
if, avaid vill be final and birndi ng
IMr Brathvaite said, but there may
be an appeal frvm the Tribun al
it',the High Court.
MR.CHESTER

I A vo~ y .Aesa4s andn~tadi facta
Sof tme "W..,,-'s aani.

I Infuiterwace of theirdecisionto take. action,
some 70 t.de--uionistw under a TUC ban-
ner and canying priest placards, paraded
to Parlianient Building on the morning of
May 18th while Parliament. vas in session.


An ineffective effort was made by the Police
Ito stop the griup, and they citered past the
ihand-in-hand cordon and asemnblsd c-tside
'the building singing, shouting and. chanting
!anti- government slogas
S InNo Position
Inside Parliarmnt Gohvenmien heeded tfe
iOpposition's pAtests that, having seen the
'proposed amendments to the Act only on
ithe day before, thev (the Opposition) vere
in no posiTion to m'ae a contribution to the
debate and the arrEndm Bill should not, be
taken though all its stags and moved into
!law immediately.

I The Eill was, the-fore, given only its "First-


Reading', the otter two "Readings" to be
done at a date to be fixed.

The Opposition also protested that, vith the
noise being made in the street outside by
the tade-urionists, it was difficult, to hear
w at wva being said in Parliiament. The
sitting vas, therefore adjourned_

Interviewed outside, ar.iamnent Buildings,
Sernaor Chester humphrey, Presi-
L dent of the Technical & Allied
S Workers Union (TAWU) said
workers could not accept the terms
of the c-amendirng Bill.


j:. The Senator said also that Minister
of Labout, Mr Edzel Thomas, had
made threats against the unions to
Sthe effect that G6vermrnt will!
not allow strikes.

HUMPHREY Wh S hfAI La&w6 W64
Sdo .~ he asked. '. W tbeypac al af
itazgjittrb wI A' ske WW. theyviQ
.j&r& ? fff &a A a'Jkfpiy k

Senator Humphrey said TUC had not yet
t~eain any decision as to its next step, and
what that would be depernded on what
GoveirnmTent d.id. Pi L S L .
Plieae ee BILL Page 4

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The Grenada Newsetter Saturday 29th May, 1993 Page 6


BILL From Page 5
Senator Kn~rht said he did not agree with
any legislation which removes the worker's
right to strike, but he does believe every
country has an obligationn to taks steps to
protect essential, orr "natio~a vital interest
services" at certain times.

SJ a siftsafra br ibaksOrns r her
said, aU&ssfAWda hv. theAfffs eos 1w

teQ'rmrnt cai asyalsBaSpktsn rh &
I i Wfors a Se o
Take Whateer Action
That cooling o-f peiod col d be
6 0 or 90 days, h si, and if a
solution carnct Lbe foi- t U
arbitration during -it t.- e
then the disputimn .- -
may take whatever action heyL
vish.

ISenatr Krniht vw L cntic.ali
of the drafting f the
Bill and said he hla
difficulty understand-
ing it.


|One of the cardinal -
principles off law, he MR DEREK KN
said. is that, to meet some particular
situation, you do not "chop. change or
butcher. easting- e gisla ..tion .7hichh been
working effectively



ira, vnt As A ol MAY
hWlSt/Of t 4:-L r*~jpg- --t&. o

lwyM 3-p -poLaw Aidm -ya-ng-
Senator Kri'ght said Attoey Gen-eral
Frmncis Alexis had pzrsjsd the opinion
that Grenadii-ns te ;.- abiding :;3ta. tuiem
was no need tc corpel then: to obey Ihe
law.

His reply, the Senator said, is that, if thi s
so, theie is no reed. for the country to have
a criminal Court


There i already an Arbitration Act of 19891
under which, wheie them is an agreement
Wto mer disputes to arbitration, Senator
Knight said, that agreement has the force of
an Order of tie Court and the award of the
arbitration is final and binding.

"The Court can be asked it set u-n an
arbitatiton". be said, "and if anyone fails to]
obey that order, then tn here am contempt
proceedings."

He cannot und.ertard why this Act
VWas by-passe. n favour ;-of the
"c i ionus,-d legislat.- ionr" of the '.-.S
ernmet;e, 's Bl-; the Senator said.

He is ~ aa& he said, that. them is
cpi imnion in tmrae-union cities which
is anti-essential services legis-o
nation, but he feels it must
be a~med there : reed
for an arnfbned coolng-
Off period when parie s
have reach ed tothe stage
where the next step iS
arbitration "'or else".

GHT Q_. Thereshould beegisla-I
tion vhich vould restrrtindustria action;
during a period when certain measures
are beag taken, Senator Knight said, and
this restriction should be limited to
nationall vital interest services"
Hoodvink The Uniops
ieto:r Knight said the use by G:overmnmentj
th-e eimr nationall vi tal interest services"
in the Biil is "a disgraceful attempt" to ity
ad hoodlwink the unions into- beliving thati
wrhat t hey ate doing is not what is called
"I:.gislaini for essential services' a

His advice, he sid, is that all of the unions,
including those who are not called "national
vital initest services", should pass reso-
lutions to the effect, t iat, exept by consent
of all parties conceded, they vili not attend
any arbitration tribmual set up under the
Please e BILL Page 7


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The Grenada Newsletter Saturday 29th May, 1993 Page 7


BILL Pma Pag 6
proposed amending Bill.

On the following day (25th), outside of
Parliament Building, trade-muionists, under
a banner of the Trades Union Council
(TUC), played out a "rights of passage"'
game ~,ith tb3 Police v ile, iJide the
building, G'oe mm nerit passed the contro-
versial Bill to amenc the Tiade Disputes


the start of another attempt to pull away the
road block. At the same time, the Police
attempted to arrest the nanvho cutthe cord,
and this set off a series of scuffles.
Completely Out-Numbered
But, the arresting Policenen were com-
pletely outnumbered. The crowd made no
attempt to be violent but merely isolated the
lav men from their quart until he had sped


(Atbitration &z Inqu-iry) Act. from the scene.

1Parlianmnt sat at 1.0COmr and., shortly after OourO r he next hour, several more attempts
a demonstration of about 150 workers weer made to clear the block but it was
arrived atthe entrance to, ...... ....- ......... becoming obvious that
the short street outside. :-: 1:1: the neat of the sun was

Passage Blked. chanting vas less enthu-
There t-hey found pass-.- .- siastic and the civd was
age blocked byaco a on :ing.
iof some dozen umifoa-ii :.::: :: ....... :& ::... .::
fed, uaimmed, regular tj::"' t ::t ::iAnd then, in one final
policemenn behind a r- met; i-'- iffolt the barrier vas
al crowd barTier ein-i : hauled away and only a
-stktI .. l. .... In
forced by a coil of razor- thm line of Policemen
sharp mirihtar-type~' :. w::::::Sp. .f. 8L ::L-: w: ::armed with 16-inch bat-
barbed ire. ..-.ni .-B,- lE .ons stood in the way.
--.--:-..- : -i-: ---To- ton
at. U. .. .. ThLee was confrontation,
,For about five minutes, ..... but not for long
the crovd seemed content n rrly to stand Soon anerl a detail o the Special Services
Mand sing "We shall not be moved" but then Unit (SSU) arrived, clad in their familiar
tl first attempt was made to move the i:ad camouflage uniforms.
block.


iHooking the coil with pieces of vood, they
pulled it sharply away but failed to make a
break through as the Police quickly replaced
that first line of defence vith another roll of
wire.

lOver the next five minutes, five more
unsuccessful atterr:pts ere made to break
through. The Police. however, used a nylon
cord to anchor the ends of the vnw coil to
near-by railings, andi that was the catalyst
Which sparked hat,, might ha.ve been an ugly
situation.

ISneaking around the edge of the crowd, one
of the derrmnst'atoi r cut the cor, sigialirng


The SSU is specially trained in croTd
control, they cany Three-foot batons and,
when they took station in fitnt of the
unifomned police, that marked the beginning
of de-escalation of tension.
The Crowd Dvindled
A line of the demonstrators faced the SSU,
there was much shouting, but no attempt
was made to break through and, gradually
the crowd dwindled, g.wv quieter and finally
broke up vhen the Parliament sitting was
over.

Interviewed outside Parihaent Buildings,
Mr Eric Piere, TUC President and General
Secretary of the Seamen & Waterfront
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Workers Union (SWUI), said TUC would
meet shortly to decide on "thfe next step",
and a press cornfrence was called on the
following day (26th)
Serious Consequences
At that conference, Senator Chester Humph-
nry, TAWJ President of the Technical &
Allied Workeis Unon (TAWU), said the
Bill passed by the GrUnada Government to
amend the Trade Disputes (Arbitration &
Inquiy) Act vould have serio-u conse-
quences.

bife saue, s ieag tM-yt Ws 1MV,
he said, '7&vt rrif nor


Government, he said, but those who operate
it "don't. know the difference between the
brakes and the accelerato'"

Based on this, he said, the Minister of
Labour ard Parliament are "six of one and
half dozen of the other".

The Senator said the banning of strikes while
tlhe Triunal is sitting violates the consti-
tutional rights of the vorkerto be protected
from slavery and forced labour in that be is
fobred to work when he wishes to withdraw
his labour.


haAe r vr- ~azEf" t Mr Eric Piene, TUC President,
present at the press conferenre,
Serator Humpirey referred to said, in Trinidad & Tobago, the
the arendiment made to Ite law does not allow workers in
Bill under which the Ministe any "essential service" to strike
of Labour was forced to bring but, nevertheless, strikes do take
legislation toParliament before place from time to lime.
he could add. to !ie list of GL Getting Around Some Law
"national vitalinterestssenices". "The Trinidad & Tobago
Essential Services Act is inef-
He was critical of this and said it d fective and strikes take place as if
offered no advantage as. in this it does not exist," he said. "Their
case, "tlh Minister and ParliarentR. C ERIC PIERREi always a ray of getting around


amE the same".
Without Its True Meaning
He did not dispute the fact that Parliament
is sovereign and has the "iht to mak.e laws
but, he said, Grenadiams .save inherited the
Westminster system without "it true
meaning and application and. the necessary
decorunl."

"We have often seen Membeis of Parlian-mnt
sleeping throughout the entire debate on a
Bill" he said, "arnd, the oly time they vake
up is when they are asked. how they vote "


He knows Members of this and previous
Goverrjtents, he said, who, when in
disagreement with a Bill, do not have the
"principle" to express that. disagreement.

There is nothing wrong with Grenada's
system or "vehiciet of parliamentary


some law "


TUC Management was to meet shortly, he
said, and would consider vhat action should
be taken now the offending Bill had been
passed.

With reference to the cofrontatioon on the
lJay before (25th) between workers ana the
Police outside Parliament Building, the
Pipsidejn alleged that a Police officer had
drawn his gun and threatened one of the
workers.

In his opinion, the police brutality of the
1970s is returning to the island.

.Mrs Claice Charlss, President of the
Gre.nada Tsachers Unioz: (GUT) and TUC
General Secretar, said a protest letter had
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There was a further development vhen Mr
Curtis Augustus, General Secetary of the
Caribbean Congress of Labour (CCL), said
at a press confeirice in Grenada on May
18th that the Grenada CCL affiliates could
be assured of the full support- of CCL in the
industrial relations problems then being
faced.

"I am here, and, in fact, the CCL is here, to
give and to lend support to the TUC and the
SWWUJ, he said, "in their guest to find a
solution to the problems involving the con-
flict that emsts presently -ith the Grenada
Shipping Agents (GSA)."

Respord.ing 1o a request from SWWU, hee
said, CCL had called on its 29 members in
17 countries to lend whatever support they









could give to SW'-JJ in the dispute with
GSA.
Responded Positively
A number of these e rmebers had. responded
I positively to CC L's riquest.. he said, these
including the F:3-bados vWo ners Union
which had advised the Ba-tados Port Auth-
ority that it would le n support to SWVWUJ.

With reference to the Bill to anmnd the Trade
Disputes (Arbitration & I nqiry) Act, which
had been given its first reading in the
Grenada Parliament that day, the General
Secmrtary said some prMvisions of the Bill
concern CC L as they relate to possible vio-
lation of workers' rights.

Concerning the night to strike, Mr Augustus
said a recent meeting of Caribbean Com-
munity (CAR 1C OMi) Labour Ministers in St
Lucia hal before it. a ircornnerjidation that


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this right should be vntten into the
Constitutions of CARIC OM countries.

Only tvo countries, he said, St Kitts and
St Vinent expressed their reservations
m giving constitutional status to that
right.

At any time an attempt is made to curtail
what is a basic and fundamental right of the
Trade Union Movement, Mr Augustus said,
it would result in workers being up Ln as.

Concemimg compulsory azbtitrtion, Mr
Derek Allri, 2TJC Vice President and Mr
AnslemDe Bourg, TUC ....er. both being
present at the press confererce, both said
TUC is opposed to compulsory arbitration.










Mr Allaid said the proosed amendment to
thie Act vould give the Minister of Labour
the right to send a natter to arbitration based
on the amount of time the dispute had
existed, whether or not the parties involved
have agreed to conciliation and had agieed
to honour the outcome of the conciliation.

"Once we believe tsher is an area vhich
can be misused by any party", he said, "we
think that will create a danger for the
majority of orkers."

Mr De Bouig said, in the climate of
industrial relations in Grenada, compulsory
arbitration will not vork
Mr Augustus said the TUC should have
some input into the framing of legislation
concerning industrial re.lations but he did not
give his support to the outright rejection of
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compulsory arbitration The Attoe GU :ni ta Rh l h.,.
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as j l toAoivrend W,e td Abeen-tlPl l
Jan-r, fl d SW 0 l t &&/ ut y 2 he Mini- ster of Labo
Genmrrn'onkArm harzltAP adan- bott a-uthority, add, i ids discrticn, ay ot
(go to compulsory arbitration) at srne se -me-, to the list of "national vital intere
services".
1 Had Been Amennded
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AFollowi ti e ps r rnfun.e Mr To meet this conplnt, Dr Aleis said. t
uust had a meeti scheduled with Bill had been amended to ureq u t
Prime Minister Nic-holas mth-ait but its to le
is no nwn -r4at das usnd or decided. P int shol h wan ad. tihe li

Atr a press conference o- May l21s, Dr The a oin
Fj. Ale is, A on n G A T was, on May a joint meet d- J
l Fand Miist TUC affi t J Ar np, when it was d.
... .* cided to take ,at vac led "mas
lamnd t,- te Trde Dcs actio to demons" e- disapproval (
janwan to nt Trade .,,. s ....
(Amit.t.on &. Ini tlram t a e~. g Bill e which G-ovenrre
(Auld bi taken T1 Parlifi r t had annuced it intended to pass int
would be ta en ti Paliwernt law on the follo--wm day (25th)
on %Ilay 25.th -ai. passed into '-
R '-'I f The official decision :as announce
m a by Sentr Chester Humpphie
-"i 1* n.n U..| resident of the Grenad.
ld e -' .Technical & Allied Work
& flrcanfdI9jat 4i er Tjmon (TAWK). ar
d.td si D. FRANCIS L.EXi he said there would be
S. "massive rmmrch ard picket o
IRefrring to the TUC objection to corn- aent Bulding" the fbiovig da
ipusor arbitation. Dr Alexis told. th pess
i!every Cnmmonwealth Caibbean count--. I I t
ith tAe .epnof ir spective of theirork place,
jlatiton enbing the State to interim I 5 b ctle nt Pner:o" erngaed in essertIl
dispute fino s l ra must assemble at TIAWU
idspues inv hw en r laers, q r om ac point the march
in disputes wherita t f ud L fad BuS


mpusory abton, s c in vo r of 1th1lel pma eS t
j...t to arit t sMke Lhil be limOd racrh .as th:e strike ,m l have_ caused IaTUC
jonl to perid S-rh tA Arthi traton to "play inytoK G-cermrmens hands.-
b is sit-ing

'These services. tie srari _' )ifinent
, e. de ar tse involve e arm MDe, 24K igt adr sed by
lelecci, water ublic heat hos i rinatn bister ho dic,, sed Go
Itrnffuic control. aipTorts msenpor, ir ., -nrers Bill in some det-il.
pnsons, telephone, telegmph and o !esa
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