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The Grenada newsletter
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The Grenada Nevsletter Saturd

3 TJ A
Thesp conditions hove
sholrt-term, diamusaje
earn
EEST INDUSTRIES, TH E
British based buyers of and

island bananas, announced on
September 2`th that. drue to certain "con-
itioins, ad falling, market pnces, the-
companys anmualP profits have fallen from
S15.4 million to S3.6 million.

These conditions have me suited in severm,
but short-ter:, damage to the Geest. Group's
-armngs", a press release says, "and these
[ow pnces have been reflected in the lover
retums to the (Windrard. Island. Banana)
Associatiois and groers.

This drop in prfits, the release ays, was


LOAN from Page 6
i Michael Arhibald, NCB Manager,
Sconf imed that, over the past two weeks,
discussions had been held with the
Authority relative to a loan.

Mr Aicrhibald said, when the original
approach was made to NCB befoms the
contract was aw-arded to WVir.gen. the bank
had not been in a position to entertain the
i proposal but had b ecme volved in
ai cthe-r a

S"The c -ntractors rqu-ired a gu-arantee,"
I he said, "anid we providing a part of
I that support."

The Authority has nor asked the Bank to
take- over the entire loan, the NCB
,, l --- -- if the Ba:.
SMarnager said. Te Bank is ver
liquid at. present, he exriained, the
proposal can be entertained, aned the
Auth iy' has been .asked to submit certain
info rrmation for consideration.
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Ly 9th October 1993 Page 7

; CC7 BG L (a
resuLted int severe, but
to the eest frroup's
inqs
not unexpected. The C ormpany announced
this last May, ard background to the
situation is that in preparation for changes
on the EuLopean banana scene, during 1991
anid -92, Geest commit d signific-ant
camouncts of its resources to extending the
Company's European banana marketing
capabilities.

Additionally, newAA ships were introduced, the
productive movement of the Banana Ass-
ociations was supported and the Company
has been developing a second source of
bananas in Costa Rica.
New investments Are Being Made
Nevertheless, the releae says, the Group
remains well-placed to achieve its 1'994
strategic objectives in the Euopean banana
market, and new?. inwstmertns am being-ade
in other areas.

In the chilled and. prepared fooa sector, Geest
says, the foundation has been lbid to support
and enLharnce its leading market positions,
ard the Company has embarked on several
other projects which it will bring on-s tWamr
dmiung -the reia:rAder of 1993 and in 1994.

"These represent excellent opportunities
and should contribute markedly to the
Company's earning performance in the
years ahead, te release says.

iA number of "'problr ad conusion"'
remain on the European banana ma-et., and
are un-lkely to bn settled this yeg, tIhs lease
says, but indications are that as. the quotas
stabilise the rke-t, 1994 vili see a rmakied
improve ment.

According to Mr David Sugden, Geest's
Mhief Executive Officer tle pmparations for
Pleae See GEEST Pae 8


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The Grenada Newsletter Saturday 9th October 1993 Page 8

T- Tv^TiI T T ( FRnD

UIB cannot w ait fLr it to assume crisis
proportions before we wct


INCIDENTS OF CRIME IN THE
South St Geor~ s -rea have teen
Ii curtailed significantly as a result of
-'joint efforts of the Royal Grenada
Police Force and the recently frn-red South
St.George Security Comr itee (SSSC).

SThe SSSC October NewsleR.er says over-
gyrov.wn bush in the area has been cleared,
private security has been increased and there
is now a highly visible Police presence with
both foot. aind mobi e poic, patrol fromn6. 0
p.m to 5.00 a.m.

"We are very pleas i vith the results so
far" a spokesman for SSSC told NEWS-
LETTER on October 2nd "and the area
Jis nv much safer than it was a fey
months ago"

SSSC vas established on the mnitiatvei of a
group of hotelit-ers and other ?businessm-en of
the South S Georg' region who had.
become corcemld ovr ascaatingU iobbeiies
an other cimes in 'hs aea.
Will Prompt Others
But there has been only partial success to ani
appeal sent out to businesses and individuals
in the area for monear contributions to a
find to fight -he 're-d. Some 15% of--
those approached have responded, and the
SSSC spokes-zn said it is hoped the

vill prompt others to shoulder -' their share of
the responsibility.

GEEST from Page 7 I

ied.it n teTrm strategy hve placed the
H ru i-: --
Group, and the Windwani Islands Banana'
Industry in an e :c-ellent position to reap
the benefits of the improve,.ments nade.
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Government has assisted with prison labour
to clear overgrown aieas, for which the
Committee pays the economic cost, and.
consideration is being given to duty and tax
concessions for the imriportation of secuaty
equipment for the Committee.

In the mean time., vith the assistance of
H E- -j
Grenada Telecommu-3ications Ltd, "help
line' with extension the near-by South
St George Police Station, has been set up at
the security gate of the St Geor.ges Uive is ity
,School of Medicine campus in the area.
Additionally, the School of Medicine has
installed a VHF radio link between the&
University's security force and the Police.
Free Of Cost
The SSSC Newsletter highlights the need
for extended quarters at the South St. George
Police Station and. for additional pa-rol
vehicles. For the fist need, the
architectural firm of Tordini Vos has agreed
to provide drawings, free of cost for
construction of a new Police Station.

This building will be funded by the Grenad.a
oveniTment and construction should begin
before the end of this year, the Newsletter
says.

For the second need. several initiatves aie
underway to secure additional vehicles for
the Police and/or SSSC, the Newsletter says,
and these include the United States Embassy
and the British Highi Comrission.

"Crimne in Grenada has not reached the
fri gtenng le-el of some other places", the
SSSC spokesman said, "but we cannot vait
for it to assume crisis pirportions before we
act. We have made a good start and
there's proof now that, wviteverybody's co-
operation, Grenada can be kept safe".
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The Grenada Nevsletter Saturday 9th October 1993 Page 9

VOX C/ LFB4 q ATh D- 2MD




The international community must silaw
Taiwan to joint its organizations, especiaitlt the
United Nations and its rated agencies


RESIDENT AMBASSADOR
Lin. Ts u-hsen co fthe Republic
S of China (ROC) on Taiwan
said on October 8th that
achievements of his country
express its sincerity to take on integration
responsibilities, export. th Taiwanese ex-
perience anrl contribute substantially to he
world community

"But, to make this possible," be said, "the
international community must allov
Taiwan to join its oiganisations,
especially the Urnited Nations and its
related agencies."

iThe Arrbassadolrs conmients .t
were made at a reception
celebrating the 82nd Anni-
versary of the establishment.
of the Republic of China, and
he enurmerated some of his
country's achie ve-ments. c.
AMBASSADOR Li
rTSW i^r& ascg toe iA p t&ie
raWratir rt Us A&stacrt f mjw 1wr-
eFf he sai, H&js cowmnky e i e
fAowftwte iurgt tan6wbg nlhcw fris Me
Farm .tu r & msn r g siaw fvr
the 2k lage & s the wAfr

Ambassador Lin also outin:ed the history of
his county since 1912 ',) n a revolution
led by Dr Sun Yat,-sen forced abdication of
the last emperor of te M-iancihu Dynasty.


Dr Sun became the nation's fundingg
Fatherr. ard,' the Ambassador said, sinee
then, many difficulties have had to be
ovcome. The i was, first of all, he said,


the civil var with the varfcrds. Then, the
Japanese invaded Manchuria in 1931 and
there was the C omnmiunist tak 'e over of the
mnairland., forcing the withdrawal of the
Government to Taiwan in 1949.

Since then, the Ambassador said, two
unattached political entities, Corfmunrism on
the minlandr and Democracy on
Iaiwan have developed sepa-
rately in the same mariner as
shfave former East and West
Germany adi North and South
Kooma.

"Ho e ve, Ambassador Lin
said, "Taiwan's experience
A' has distinctive significance
aid value compared with the
eoter side of the Taiwan
Straits (mainland Chirna)

In 1948 the annual percapita
I N.TSUN-HSEN income of both rmailand


China and. Taivanwas about US $50, he said.
Today, 43 years later, he continued,
Taiwan's figure is up to US$10,250 while
mainland China's per capital inconwe is
US$400.

China's seat in the United Nations was held
by the ROC from 1949, but Taiwan was
expelled in 1971 when mainland. C hina was
a-mitted. A spokesman for the ROC
Embassy told NEWSLETTER, recently for
the first time, application for reentry was
made through the Geneal Affairs C committee
of the Ge ner a Ass embly.
Plea e R OC Page 10


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The Grenada Newsletter Saturday 9th October 1993 Page 10





C1-0 JmIT OP JE1T2

This form of assistance wiL hielp us to prod-auc
more, earn more anm save maors over the lunq
.term i-i


D DELIVERING THE FEATURE
address at the official opening
of the La Sagesse Agricultural
Reseairh and Seed Production
Centre on October 5th, Pnmrr Minister
Nicholas Bmrthvaite _i technical co-
operation assistance is generally more
beneficial to the rcipienti.when i's focused.
on strengthening the domestic productive
capacity.

I"Put diffeiBntfy, he said, "this form or
assistance vill help us to produce more; earn
more and save moret over the long term".

The Research Ad. Seed Pod-uction Centre
is a project financed by the Republic of
China (ROC) on Taiwan. Following a


sod-turning ceremony onf
the Government owned -
La Sagesse estate in July .
1992, an eight-acre plot -
has been developed and
converted into a model i
fanr producing a vide
vcidety of crops.

Agricultural experts .
from the ROCX operate
the C.ente which is h
PRIME MINISTER
geared to assist NICHOLAS BRATHWAITI
and expand Goverrnments Agricultural
Diversification Pr'gmrme.


Mr Brathvaite


said an integral part of his
Plase See CENTRE Page 11


ROC From Pae 9
That Committee, uhich, with a total of 29
members, is comprised o.f the five Pennanent
Members of the Securi~ Council, all the
Vice-Presidents cf the General Assembly
and several Committee A
hairnen, met on ep- B
termber 22nd, the spokes-
man said.


The matter of T-air-:an
reentry was debated, hef
said, and contributions in
favour of Taiwan were
made by representatives
Guatemala and Nicarag.ua.
other counties were not in
reentry.
*


Assembly", he said.

In his speech at the reception, Ambassador
Lin thanked Grenada's Pemfiannt Repre-
jsentati,, v tohe UN and a
member of the General
Affairs Committee, Mr
Eugene Pursoo, for his
address to that Committee
in favour of Taivan's re-
.y -


ROC NATIONAL FLAG "A friend in need is a
of Genada, friend in deed", the Ambassador said.
Homsver, 12 "The Governaent and people of the ROC
favour of the recognse you, the Government of Gre-
nada, as our best friend."


"We don't have a chance even to be put on ...,s^ =, --,t
the agerida of this sit-tirn of thet Generl


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The Grenada Newsletter

/7; 1 TE0


iEDUCATI
W1 will hiM Uilgt aU
education


RENADA'S MINISTER FOR
Education, Senator Carlyle
Glean, said at a press conference
on September 28ththatacademic
performance would be only one of the.
factors considered when, during
Education Week scheduled for 4th
to 8th October, schools are to be
recognized for their perfor-mance.

"In this vay we vill recorJse
education ina general way" he said,
"and we vill highlight all the i
social actor s in the education /
process, simulatating gmater /
interest in education in gen- *""'
eral, not just the formal -
aspect but in adult and continuing SENATOR C
education."


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CENTRE From Pae 10
Government's Structural Adjustment Pro-
granime i diversification of tlh agric-ltural
base, and the main objective of the Centre
is to reduce dependence on Grenada's three
traditional crops, cocoa, nutnmeg anD
bananas.

The Centre represents not only an advance-
Iment m the technology now available to
Grenadian fatmers, the Prnme Minister said,
but it signifies the degree of modemisation
and cl ange which rust take place if the
island's agriculture is to be transformed, as
it must, he said.

The Centre will provide a host of benefits
to the farmingpublic, he said, benefits which
include availability of better planting
materials and new strains adapted to local
conditions, reduction in costs and an increase
in foreign exchange saving=.


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Lce social actors in the
n process
The Minister's comments were made as he
launched a campaign to publicise Education
Week. That Week included a three-day
Conference which concluded with the
B UNESCO sponsored "World Teacheis
Day" vhen outstanding teac hers vere
recognized.

-These teachers will be judged on
;.. .- .their general performance, Senator
,Glean said, 'ith emphasis on their
contributions, at both the school
N.' i and cocrmnunity level, to such
"extra cuncula activities as
Clubs, savings unions, Scouts,
. Guides, Red Cross and similar
RLYLE GLEAN organisatorns
Theme for Education Week vas "Quality
Please See EDUCATION Pare 12


*'IF w r A z t our ka& iy A sarn
fairnar edi 4e rA e s far
pdcwaimesT dse~.fr of the. arOae sar
&aknhnr of onvr Gwpane oa t&e- s ew
chbffBr r Mgr ABtfthwsb a! -
aWf vmf of a suaf pSf t for at.s fma
dam~straoe ur caManEm o A&o do VsAI
&w amsaw )ey &A masomW 1S1AfrAs wMr-
nV f

Dr James Tsay, Head of the ROC Agri-
cultural Mission to Grenada, addressing the
opening ceremony, said, due to marketing
problems vith Grenada's traditional crops,
the island is going though a critical period
and there is urgent need for crop divers-
ification.

"We need to identify more crops with
Pleae See CENTRE Par 12








The Grenada Newsletter Saturday 9th October 1993 Page 12

EWS SHORTS
CARICOM's Exterti US$9.9 billion in 1990 and 4% lover than
Caribbean Comnm.mity (CARICOM) Mem- the 1991 figure of US$9.7 billion.
ber States, at the end of 1992, had a total
external debt of US$9.3 billion, according According to the "CARICOM News", the
to the September 1993 issue of "C ARICOM 6% fall in the region's external debt between
News". 1990 an 1992 vas due mainly to reduct-
ions in the debt of Barbados, Jamaica and
This figure is 6% less than the peak of Please s NEWs SHORTS Pag 13


EDUCATION From Page 11
Basic Education, An Investment In
National Developient", and the Minister.
said "quality basic education" includes
literacy, knovledge of subject matter,
attitudes, values, skills, and the ability to
think.

"Quality basic education is much
broader than literacy and numer-
acf, he said; "it must give the
student the tools vith which to ive
in modern society_"

The objectives of the Conference were to
establish structures to guide development
of adult and continuing education, and to
improve the efficiency of delivery and cost
effectiveness of such education.
Senator Glean said the feature address
at the Conference would be delivered
by Dr Claudia Harvey. Dr Harvey
was formerly of the Women and
Development Division of the Uni-
versity of the West Indies and is now,
Permanent Secretary in the Trinidad &
Tobago Ministry of Culture &.
Women s Affairs.

The C'onference w would be attended by
representatives from a wide cross section
of governrrnt ard non-govemment
agencies, the Minister said. These would
include the Grenada Union of Teachers,
the Commrrr ityDevelopiment Division, tlhe
Conference of ChurcwI es, theF Gmrnada
National College and the Agencyfor Rual
Development


CENTRE From Page 11
production and marketing potential for
farmers," he said, "and to equip them
(farmers) vith more alternatives to
respond to the dynamics of the market."

The Centre has been set up for this
purpose, he said, and vill be utilised first
for production of introduced crops and.
varieties of fruit, vegetables and flowers.

Secondly, Dr Tsay said, he and his staff
vill demonstrate to and train fanners in
production of those crops and varieties
vhich have been identified as having
potential. The Centre, he said, Will
produ ie and make available all the seeds
and planting material relative to the nev
crops and varieties.

Dr Tsay refened to another aspect of the
Mission's work in Grenada and said the
Tissue Laboratory set up by the Mission
is no pmoducirng disease-free planting
material for .the Bannaa Industry.
Another project of the Mission is a shrimp
farm established some months ago on the
east coast, arid the Mission Head said the
first harvest is expected to be made next
February.

A spokesrmanr for the ROC Embassy said
ROC expenditure on the La Sagesse Agi-
cultural Research And Seed Production
Cenite has already exceeded US$300,000.
More equipment is to be added to the
project, he said, and total expenditure will
be about US$500,000.
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The Grecada Newsletter Saturday Sill Octobet 1993 Page 13.


NEWS SHORTS Frum Page 12
Trinidad &-Tobago in 1991 and 1992, and
Guiana in 1992. ;


More British Aid For CARDI

Britain is to fund the C aribbean Agricultural
Research and Development Institiute
(CARD I)P,J. smof SE590,000 over three
years to cover the second phase of an
Exportable Fruit Crops Project

A release from the Barbgdos-based British
High CQomanssion says"these 'fids vill be
provided through the Bntish Development
Division'in.the Caribbean and vill be used
for research and development of tree crops
in the Eastem Caribbean.

This project is based in Dominica and, at its
inception in 19$3 the prdgramrm set out to
research problems associated with pro-
duction, handling and transport of fruit. It.
also trained researchers in agonomy, plant
pathology and post-harvesthandling of fruit.


Education ri-ister: Adopt
Report

The repot of the Caribbean Community
(CARICOM) Advisory Task Force on
Education was adopted by CARICOM-
Ministers of Education vhen they met in
Antigua in September.

The Report covers several areas including
levels of education, curriculum reform,
teacher, education, management and
adminis-tration of schools and the financing
of education.


According to- "CARICOM News", the
official publication of the Caribbean
Community (CARICOM) Secretariat,
CARICOM Heads of Government have
agreed to formation of a Regional Air
-Camier.

The Regional, Carrier would comprise Air
Jamaica, Bahamas Air, BWIA, Guyana
Airvays and LIAT, and these national
airlines are expected to pursue these efforts
at restructuring as an element of the process
tovards formation of the C arier.


.: Responsibility forpprsuingthis initiative has
Grenada's Minister of Education, Senator b.eenass inedtoPrinmri MiisterJames "Son"
Carlyle Glean, who attended the meeting, Mitchell of St Vincent.
told the Government Information Service
(G0E) thatthe Report is "comprehensive" Pea se NEWS SHORTS Page 14
and "challenging".


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According to GIS, the Report laments the
poor methods of teaching English, Math-
emtics and Science at the secondary level,
and the poor performance ofstudents in these
subjects.

At the primary level, a recommendation is
Swade for greater emphasis on the teaching
of Language Arts, Mathematics and Science,
and for a better assessment of pupils.
specially at the junior 3 and junior 5 levels.

Teacher education n vas identified as a critical
area and the-Report commented on the lack
of adequate numbers of suitably" qualified
persons for admission to teaching.

According to GIS, the Ministers discussed
issues related to the attitude of parents,
educators "and policy makers. They
discussed also. the need for preparation of
instructional material, training of teachers
and the need for research and the use of
research findings.


Regional Air. Carrier Agreed


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NEWS SHORTS From Pae 13
Japanese Expets Avakble


A notice in the Government Gazette advises
that, under its Technical Assistance Pro-
gramme, the Govermmentof Japan vill make
available to Grenada a limited number of
experts for the fiscal year 1994095.

Interested organizations and business places
vhich vish to avail themselves of the
services of these experts vere requested to
contactthe Planning Division of the Ministry
of Finance.
~es~\-


Alexis To Head Delegtion To


UN General Asembly


Attorney General and Minister of Legal
Affairs, Dr Francis Alexis, ill head
Grenada's delegation to the 48th Session
of the Geneml Assembly of the United
Nations.


Mr Eugene Pursoo, Grenada Permanent
Representative to the UN, and Mr George
Brathvaite, Consul at Granada's Nev York
Mission, ame the otr To tmmbersaof the
delegation. .

Dr Alexis is scheduled to address the Genera
Assembly on October 11th.

ACCP To Be Inamerated


Eight Caribbean Community (CARICOM)


Member States have signed the Agreement
for establishment of an Assembly of Carib-
bean Community Parliamentarians (ACC P).

Intended to be a consultative and deliber-
ative body, the inaugural Session of the
Assembly is expected to be convened later
this year.


yAlis/ruer H s
9th October 1993




Prind & Pablished By The Proprietr
Alisne Hughes, Joamanst,
Of Sct Street, StGeorge's G rnada, Westdies
(P-.O Bo 65: Phone 1809) 440 2538: Cables HUSDN, Greoada


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Fears are b~ase. in the fac-t thn-t htf e Foted Matnaqement
has averttised for arnd wil start tafkit on strikfe-
brcakinq labour


R DEREK ALLARD,
P president of the Bank &~
u :nsrai Workes Union, in
San interview with NEWS-
SLETTER on Octor 9th, exmressed fea
that the situation relative to his Umon's
dispute with the Grenada Renaisance Resort
Hotel may becomrre "explosive".

The President said his fears am- based in the


h ".ote! Man-

'or and vould stai-
t .,i on -strike brealk-
'IL
irp labour on Moilnday
October lth.



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if& sar pThm roi
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: .s pe~ 4 $ g

MR. DEREK ALLARD 5afa. Wa


These voters hae bee on strike since
September 28th, and MIr Allaid said tMs
indiustnal_ ac tion Psms frn. ne.g0iatior.s
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which began in Apri 1992 for a new three-
year Industrial Agreement

Negotiations were completed by the end of
Oct ber 1992, the President said, back-pay
-as paid in November on the basis of geed
Vage mncleases, a new serveie ch age system
was instituted .and, in December, the hotel
paid employees an agreed "Ch'istmnas
Bonr.-

All that remained to be done was the sirging
Please See TRIKE Page 2
IN THIS ISSUE
Page
4 Hotel Strike May Get Explosive- I
ITU Supports GrmEadian
W workers. ...... _ ... ................... 3
TUC Rally To Protest
GRENLEC Sale..........-............ 5
Airport Authority Seeks NCB
Loan_ ..- .............. ... 6!
9 Geest Makes Big Loss ............ 7
Crime F~girs Drop...... ............ 8
iW ROC Celebrates 82nd
Anmiersas ry ............................... 9
Research And Seed Centre
Ope ed- .........--......-- .......-- .....-...- 1
SGrenada To Stage Education
W ee ...............--.....--......-- 11
News Short--s .-.......-.. 12


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The Grenada Newsletter Saturday 9th October 1993 Page 2
STRIKE Prom Pae 1


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of the fonml _docunrent. Mr. Alla. said,-
and this w as. be done early in January this
year However be ,fre it could be done,
the Union was advised that hotel manage-
ment had been clangid.

The premises of that hoel are leased from
the Grnad.a Gov-inrnt. by Issa Nicholas
(Grmnada) Lt., a Company owned by
Tunidadentrpenur, MrIssaNichiolas, and.,
untilhat tie. tt me h hotel .as managed for
Issa Nicholas (Grsenaida) Ltd by Ramrnada
Intend Imaai tional Litd., unr he names
"Ramada Renaiss~-ce Hotelr'


There followed some delays but, on 24thi
February, thS Union met at the Ministry of
Labour with Mr Herbert James. Mr
Niich-olasw Labour Relations Officer- MrI
Allan said that-, at that meting, it was
agreed that, on March 2nd, the Industrial
Agr-ement would be signed by Mr Nicholas
?ad the Union.
Did Not Happen
That signing da not I-appe, the Ptesider-t
said, and, vb-n the Ui-non ilnqired, -they
vere told Issa Nicholas (Gire ada) Ltd was
"s irupsed" the Union as ai tin on Mr
Nicnholas to sign. What Mr Nicholas


Ide were nosi


to reopen nreqout ai ns

or mna4l

rM Te to -dte rbL r


The Uniron was tdv--iid by Ramada manage-
I n fint that the name o"f the hotel as a .be..ing
chang ed to renada :.enaissance Resort
Hotel" and. that its -,a-gem--nt .ould be in
th han rds of Issa -.iholas Gin 'ade Ltd.

On January 6th, Issa Nicholas (Grenada) Ltd
wrote the Un-_ n advising th.t Ramada
International Limited hai .sen the Coi-

and approval" by the C company v ith respect
to industrial and collective agreements.
SWod Not Back Away
Howver the .Union vas assured the
Company voiuld not "back a way from any
Storms and citri.s of -he worker ...
which had been imnpemerntl.r

I7 &wT 12gvn .- & Ar sr- Vk&a& vas,
oat fiflpeIN r h n& t Mr Alabrd
said, '"b as k;Ir as- sw %wP cCareiaf
ier&a g sgi a Sws isapwAri at'd

A ? /SSS


wanted to do, the Union was told, to
ropen rgotiationrs -ith the U.rion f r an
Ag reement.

At ti.s st;ae. the Unin asied the Ministry

D-i
of Labour to mtervene anda a tmeetgir was
held -ith Mr H eert..e James and a Mr Emie_
PDe laG da, Mr Ntiicholas' persona
re sentv. ve.

A that nesting, the Union agreed that Mr
De laGrenade w would submit sore "minor
changes" fbr the Union's consideration but,
according bo the President, what was
submitted were proposals for radical changes
to several important clauses in the Agree-
mernt.

"This was totally r .accept.-ri to ', Mr
Allar said, "and we itld them we were not
mandated to reopen negotiations or n-ake
amendments "
Please See STRIKE Pase 3


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JPPB 'tuL T6


rIN ATD DTT 7A\ ) DOCKET2\T7TFTD)

The Arbitration Tribunal shouuI hwave
submitted its report by the middle of October,
rand that wiLL free 811WWU to tah whatever
action it sms fit to g 't this matter setdte
NAN NTERVIEW, WITH NEWS- (GS A" of conspiing to destroy the Umn.
LET TER on Septem.ber 29th, Mr Enic
Piene, Secitay-Geerial of the "There is strong sus. picion, he said, "that in
Genada Seamen & Waterfront Wrk- an effort to kill ,WWU, there is a devious
ers, Union (SWWU), accused the Gover- plan in vbich the Shipping Agents have
mrent of Gmrinada, throu'ghthe Port Authointy sponsored forrmtion of a faceless company
lan. Grenrada Shipping Agents Liiteda lese ae SWW Page 4


rSIMKE From Pag 2
There were further delays, and the Union
finally gave the hotel an ultimatum to sign5
the Agmrement or face strike action on
September O2th.

There was no response to this, Mr Allara-
Isaid, and the Union .ga ve- the hotel a ftuiher
eeek 's grace bAefbi labour as V ithdmi n
1on September 28th.

i t hefAdo& aqwn K &ter ns anrtazn
at &e.-LaAtrMk-&i'rrra im n vhafrt s
I te og_ jadzaAing te Geeral Mns-
1w4r4 Mr dIe S&nr~A t&k Prmdwr-g said

artF-Y76ea &si We tAk b&ut Mku
bswa Mr I= Attias sar- lo 4 CGrads
as m as oaIrfte

"To date, we have heard nothingu,- mno
except that de laGrnade called us on
1October 1st saying he would see us on
October 6th, Mr Allan said" but that did
inot matenalise.

iSevera efforts made by NEWSLETTER
jto reach Mr Sanc-hez for comrent have
failed. On each occasion, the hotels
Executive Office advised he was "at a
meeting" and nobody z.t that office was able
Ito give the hotel's side of the dHi-oute.


Mr Gus Cruiksharnk, President of the
Grenada Hotel Association (GHA), said in
an interRew with NEWSLETTER on
October 9th that this problem had not been
brought before GHA and, not having the
facts, he was unable t. coursnent

ne hoped, however, ttere would be early
settlenEnt as there are indications that,
outside of G-renada the perception is that
'all the hotis are on strike"., an this was
damaging the islands tourism


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SSWW3 Promr Pae 3
b ich the Port Authority has no- appointed
nto handle labour on the docks.-
Ii '
Twvo sets of issues :--affect this situa.tion-, t1-e
Sfist being the fact that GSA and SWWU
ihave been unable to ag4?e on terms of a
nev industrial Agreementvhichshould have
been signed in 1991 when the old one
expired.
Before The Old One Died
Negotiations for the Ae Agreer-ent began
even before the old one died but conciliai on
by the Ministry of Labour and. by a
Minis trial Comritt ap po intend
by the Prim.e Minz.ster ha've failed
to resolve dUsag: eE.... ove. ".
vages and inrihtation o


The Authority did announce, iowevper that
Port Contractok r Ltd (CL) had won the
contract to khanle k ie dock labocur. The
SWy U Secretary-General said he had been
infoirned by "reliable sources" that PCL
vould take over from September 27th, and
this precipitated action.

The SW W, G'-SA dispute is now before an
Arbitration Tribunal whose findings will be
binding -on both parties and, according to
law, while these deliberations abne m progss,
S2 W.J/ cannot take any industrial action.
Ada ed its Affiliate
urged by '- WWU, Mit effect
:.omSept"emb r2- th InteiatioCnal
Trails port Wrkers Union (ITU) has
i vised its af"iiates not to handle
.any carf consiis!-.d to 'renada.


The other set of issues irevls ILr c
around the fact that. son me Mr Pie ne said ITU affiliate s
time last year -GoveC3,-- .have been advised a:lso. not
meant. announced it 'a' 'o .ale any cargo
would invoke provis-- fr Gtrenada un-
c-i,: A-wii-. b
ions of th? Port Auh-'. : ^ ess it has been
oity Act and splac th. : .. : .: oaded bvS by
handing of dock labour tt -''-is may n~t
in thie tantds of the Pr. R rr P IERE aie bananas
Authorit-,. si~hpped to the Uited Kingdom.


I This move is passed by S 2-U ich,U
historically, has had the monopoly fbr

industrial a--r-emrn 770h GSMA hich3
I -- _
represents the Xrain shipping co,,, panies in
Grenada.

T The FPot Authority takes-over was iginally
i .-.:_ ..
fi d for Marcli 1st 1993. bu., in thp face of
iSFr protests that the dispute .ith GSA
should he settled. fr st it was defarIerd 1-til
ulty ist. 993.
Thought it Prudent
It as f uther defend unil 1st September
1993 but, m August the 'Pot AutiChorit
announcedd it" thought it prudent to postpone
:the implementation date" ad te Public
vwo;ld be advised when new one had been
fi meId.


With penshable car-go, he said, the Auth-
onties have the n ig :. use te military to
unload ships, so th regular dock labour will
probably dischar-e any shiprrnt of bananas
which mrray not have been loaded by SWWU.


Aiprd- y6 d m/ 17A vmi w sd 1 a






That fax s.ays that, on Monday 28th
Septemierh.e ITF vould "a .vise the affiliates
in renada's major trading partner county s,
Baiados, C an-ada, Japan, Trinidad &
Please w esWWJ Pare 5


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TALL OPT


T HE FIG HT TO STOP THE
Natiorial Democratic C ongess
(NDC) Goveirrrent of Prime
Minister Nicholas EBmthaite
firrm selling Grenada Electricity Services
GR ENLEC) took a new turn vith the Gre-
nada Trade Urnion CoLmncil (TUC) arnoun-
ce mernt of a mass protest m.ly to take place
on October 10th.

At a press confxermce on Octo hbr Ist, Mr
,Eric Piere, TUC President, said several
months ago, TUChad. ca-led to -therav ide-
based non-poitical. committee to prAtest
Go,_enatent's sale of public as sets such as
SGRENL CI which ame c nscidered money
makers. Tha.. comitee had had dis-
cussons with the.' Pnme Mirister, he said,
but they -wer unf:mitful_
M mH is Mind Is Made Up
S"He told us is mind is mnade up on the sale
of theseU thi s-" Mr Peirs said, "and we
are nw calling 1on the public to rally behiLnd
us and show Govemment in their nuinbers

SWWU rom Page 4
STobago, United Kingdom and United
S States, to tarq et vessels which have been
I loaij.ed by non'i-iion labour...."
iI
ji Mr Pier. said -that at the time of the
inte review SW U v orker3 vere still
hanxdlig dock labour and there vas no
visible PC L pmiseire, and he thought the
situation on the docks r eeds to be
clarified.

"The Arbitrtion Tnribnal should hav
i submitted its -eport by the middle of
I October," the S ectary G-eneral said, "and
that will free S:WW tSo tae whatever
action it sees fit to ge this matter settled "
iLt f -U


that they ar serious about the matter of the
sale of these entities."

According to a notice now appearing in the
local press, Govemnment is seeking initially
to sell 40% to 50% of the shares in
GRENLEC. The notice says the potential
for additional sha- s exists with investment
in the Cromany.

At a press conference on September 21st,
Dr Keith Mitchell, Political ader of the
New National rPrtv, said it is clear that
Government plans to sell nmoire than 50% of
GREN LE 's sCa.s.

It is just as clear, e continued, t hat tha
sale vill be to "a forgn interest as it is
unlikely any local group has resources of
EC $30 million plus which is the estimated
50% value of the company-

Dr Mitchell said the "foreign interest" vill
acquire controlling interest in GRENLEC.
t is kno-n, he said, that the C company reeds
to buy a nevw enerato- and, though
investment in this, the puvm-hasing "foreign
interest" will e..rise The promised "potent-
ial for additional sha -s" and so own rmo-
than half of GRP LE C.
Mr Joseph lMcGuir, a rnember o the TJC
Managerment. Concnmittee. present at the press
conference, pointed to the dangers of
foreigners secuig control of public utilities.
TUTC s not opposeC d to foreign investment
in Grenada, he said, but TUC is firmly
against the sale of public ut tiles to foreign
entities.
Mr Piene said the rally worud be attended
by several non-goverrment organizations and
by all the opposition political parties.
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Acceptinq Loans over a Lonq period in Utnited
States daLTsrs carries certain risks


-RPLYDEMRAMDHANNY,
Ci hairma of the Grenadai
Airports Autorinty, told.
NEWSLETTER m an in-
Sterview on S eptember 5thth at negotatiions
were then being made to secure a loan from
the National Comrrarcial Bank (NCB) to
finance the resutracmg of the mway at .
Point Salines itermatio.a Airport

The. Chairman said ti is the sron-.

Iresu rfcing pject is no-w being imple-
men te d 'by the S iss c- act-tg fim o
Wirtgen Irter Ag, ad -Mr Ramdh'anny said,
befor aw.i.ing the EC $7.4 trillion conti't
to Witgen, uimi.ccess ai efforts weres mae
to raise a loan from NCEB

M7Bi- dd not ten hare ribMe the&e
amount of naMey w nmsa he said,
"abut :faftaisa ai that &w e tsy n iv
rmA re .aw wik no.. -

Under the contm at ith Wi.t-en, this firm
- f _
is pr>)vidig the firan.ci and t:h Au thonty
has 15 yeais to rri-se repayment with an
interest rate of 7%



lookgforgaloaninEast C rbb-eanr rncy7
to replace thN Unmed States cu -rnc loan
being made by Wirtgn.

Wcptag am owr kAg kf A
Ujtd SAtm M&kS a cfanP fisml
jn&b- he said "*f?9 Aat Ca k6es
dollar ss deWlra aw cook! en spW
kanS y v? py s&adkzwA/ smar af
I asmfey.


Also to be considered, he said, is the rmking
of a loan by a bank to the Authority without
the "traditional guamianes" which any local
bank wLould iequre. Wirtgen was
givn guamntees, the Chairman said, but
these ver promissory notes
sigiiad bthe uthk toi
1i nt a guabrntee, by Ct" Ab-
.na +

The Authorty does have a .
chance now of getting xihe
loan. from NCB, Mr I
Ramtihanny said. -.
but a deciding
f tr i'.s whet-
her the Authority MR LYDEN RAMDHANNY
has an adequate cash flow to rneet the
repayments.

"Mart htbk & ibnn msnaf hca/y fVS
oWt est'sad ase 15 wr M iYet
pEwgd pFsw 4y EflmjE he said,
a2nd ie "s& of Lnmlmt wff pnmoiy
te same 12W1 vakst s a et an tSen
the 7W char by Jflgm A"

The Cihaz man said that, in th long run, if
t-. required cash flor can bue gernemted, a
local loan will cost the Authority less as,
although the interest rate on the local loan'
will be higher, repaymentt will be over a
shorter period.

Mr Ramdhar y said the Authonty is having
discussions witr NCB and the bank is being
"erncou-aged" to give as favouruable terms as
possible.

in an interview on September 6th, Mr
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