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Creation Date: October 31, 1976
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Vol. 6 No.44

, / OF A SUNDAY OCTOBER 31, 1976

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SO SOON after falling
over each other in their
haste to laud the PNM's
"landslide" victory on
September 13, this coun-
try's political commenta-
tors must be agonizingly
scratching their heads to
find out what went wrong
- already.
Like the Carnival cos-
tume it always was, the
PNM's election campaign
claim of "stability" has
simply disintegrated now
that the time for its use
has come to an end.
With a rapidity that
rti-s Lie-W1C Iye' Wliuo
were induced to believe
that "stability" is what the
PNM has given us, the
protests arid the demon-
strations -of myriad dis-
satisfactions are now upon
Whitehall is once more
an embattled fortress and
not the serenely palatial
chancellery of our Prime


Now Belmont Valley
Road residents pleading
for water; 'now Cascade
housewives demanding it
as of right;.now the City
Council casual workers -
soon every, citizen with
any kind of grievance
fhen last weeK, the
postmen at the GPO.
At the same time, the
staff members of the St.
Anns Hospital announced
they will admit no more
Taking newspaper advert-
isements to show that
conditions in their hospital
offend against all standards
of health and decency,
they have dismissed the
Ministry of Health's
promise that building of a
new ward will start soon,
and are holding out for
immediate measures.
Nobody has patience
anymore with this govern-
The taxi crisis, is
memorable for the amount
of commuter resistance
that has been generated.
Amidst all this, comes
the bland Central Bank

First five weeks of PNM 'stability'...See Progress Report Pages 4 and 5

forecast of industrial
peace for the next two
And then, the equally
bland -pleading by the
Prime Minister's current
favourite man-of-business,
Dr. Ken Julien, that the
government can't be
expected to do everything.
Nobody expects the
government to do every-
thing. But everybody is
entitled to expect that the

government will get.some-
thing done. At least so we
could start to hope to have
reliable and efficient ser-
vices and amenities the
provision of which is the
the government's reason
for being.
Nor there can be any
"honeymoon" period 'fori
this new PNM administra-
.tion. What the country is
demanding isjustified after
20 unbroken years of

PNM administration. The
newly elected government
inherited no mess from
anybody else's mishandling.
of the nation's business.
If there are buses and
no drivers, who is to blame
for bad planning? If there
is money to spend, who
is to blame for there being
no planning at all about
how to spend it?
Still, there is only one
resort for the government

as the unsettlement con-
tinues, and that is to
suppress it.
To do this, the govern-
ment is of course richly
endowed with both the
means and the will.
Remember Badger in
1971 and the State of
Emergency it sparked?
That it all came just a feW
months after an even
bigger "landslide" PNM
The difference is that,
this time, they face a
population who have been
--oik-mr~o~ei'- y-'is- pTobtrteMn
and who have been en-
couraged to expect the
government will run some-
thing. Now.
Disillusion can't be long
in coming, and the differ-
ence this time is that its
effects will 'be all the
more bitter.
By the time the gov-
ernment is ready to bolt
this stability door and act,
as they arel wont' to, on
the symptoms not the
causes of the dissatisfac-
tion, it may well be too


NONE OF the Guardian's
regular staff of reporters
and writers has been will-
ing to claim authorship of
an article headlined "Back-
ground to Strike That
Grounded BWIA" which
appeared on Page 3 of
that paper's October 12
The story was accredited
to "Guardian Industrial
Reporter", and the man
most disturbed about its
appearance is Valentine
Brown, the reporter who
covers the "industrial"
Brown has protested to
Guardian editor who
reportedly gave him no
satisfaction and was affably
opaque about how that
story got there.
Needless to say, since
the searching of sub-editor
Herbert Blaize's home
(TAPIA last week), it is
unlikely that any Guardian
staffer would dare to
publish or to exclude any

article handed to him,
without explicit Editorial
The BWIA story, writ-
ten in anything but a
"journalistic" style, and
reading as it does like a
High Court judgment, is
suspected to have origin-
ated from BWIA's legal
But as it purported to
be independent "back-
ground" reporting by the
Industrial Reporter of a
newspaper that was pre-
sumably not party to the
BWIA-CATTU disputee that
led to the strike, the legal
advisers who allegedly were
the ghost-writers, would
not claim authorship either.
Running eight inches
down for four columns,'
the BWIA story made
reference to "false and
scandalous" rumours with
the inference that these
were put about by
elements connected to the
two ULF Parliamentarians

who were key figures in
the strike of -the airline's
employees. ,
It showed the manage-
ment as being tolerant and
consistently righteous in a
situation marked by the
spreading of falsehoods
and the flexing of political
'muscle by two unionist-
And it concludes:
"Though the present situa-
tion has now come to an

end, it is very likely that
in the future, sucn Irres-
ponsible action can recur
under the slightest pretext."
No evidence is given T,
support this speculation
and in however roundabout
a way, the. Government-
owned BWIA got in its
kicks, with the Guardian
management showing itself,
once again, all too willing
to play ball.

THE Council of Representatives resumes its meeting
on Sunday October 31 at the Port-of-Spain Centre.
Main item on the Agenda is debate on two sets
of proposals for reform of the Tapia Constitution.
Arrangements for the November 14 Assembly are
also to be finalised.

THE Tunapun'a Constituency Pary of Tapia will hola
its monthly business meeting next Tuesday November
2 at the Tapia House, St. Vincent Street.
Secretary Fitz Baptiste will introduce discussion
on the end-of-year programme beginning with the
Eighth Anniversary Assembly on November 14.

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Vhen Shanghai treats Wang, Chang, Mrs Mao and Yao this way, the end is nigh
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By Dennis Pantin
ONLY A FEW weeks
ago the pride of local
private enterprise exhi-
bited its products in a
grand Living 77 Exposi-
tion at the Queen's Park
Today we have a
Chinese Exhibition at
the Old Eastern Market.
The differences are
It is not only that
the Savannah Exhibition
had a three-dollar en--
trance fee, or that there
is no cultural side, to
the Chinese exhibition
or that George -Street
is socially or aesthetically
lower-grade than the
The starkness .is
marked by the fact that
the Chinese Exhibition
shows off products made
in China, by Chinese,
from Chinese resources.
The Living Exhibition
with its Bavarian pubs,
pizza palaces, screw-
driver assembled motor
cars and other durables,
and ready-credit banks,
was no more than a
celebration of a com-
prador class not a
capitalist class, as the
mindless importers of
imperialist thought, left
wing version (comprador
intellectuals), like to
At best, the Savan-
nah Exposition was good
Carnival pleasant,
enjoyable, frivolous,
sometimes tasteful.
It merely exposed the
lack of inventiveness, of
entrepreneurship, in the
The Chinese Exhibi-

tion is more subdued
and senlous. It is an
excellent piece of politi-
cal propaganda for those
not easily bored by
rhetorical flourishes.
' "If this is commun-
ism, then all ah we
should turn communist
now," one turned on
visitor shouted across
the market.
But Eric Williams and
the now-deceased Chair-
man greet visitors in
wall-size photos at the
entrance. International
power politics is more
realistic than rhetoric.
The products dis-
played at the Eastern
Market give a more
lasting and persuasive
argument for the success
of the Chinese Revolu-
tion than the wall


The Chinese are
making their own tyres
and motor vehicles.
Radios and cameras are
as easily manufactured
as pens and notebooks.
The Chinese oil refinery
on exhibit shows a
variety of down-stream
products ranging from
plastics, fabrics to drugs.
Two of the more
interesting exhibits show
mocked-up versions, be-
fore and after, of agri-
cultural and water deve-
lopment projects.
The wall posters claim
them as triumphs of
the workers and pea-
sants through adherence
to the Thoughts of the
As living expressions

of the propaganda, the
Chinese communities
are models of self-help
and self-reliance two
principles worth emulat-
Despite rcscivb.-ions
about the rhetoric,
especially given the con-
tradiction between the
cliches and the Williams/
Mao shots, the Chinese
exhibition is worth seeing
It is heartening to
see a society which can
move ahead on its own
steam rather than
remember those like
ourselves where people
prefer to play safe and
foolish and then appeal
to the blind to lead the
More power to the
Chairman's memory now
that the funeral is over
and the blood-letting is







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THE NEW Executive of
Communication Workers
Union that ousted former
Secretary General Carl Tull
and his cronies intends to
remain in the Trade Union
Lyle Townsend, the new
Secretary General re-
affirmed this in a recent
interview. Townsend,
speaking on the future
directions of the union, in
the presence of Carlton
Savary, President and John
Williams, Education Secre-
tary, said: "We are pursu-
ing a certain course and if
Congress opposes it that is
their business."
Townsend called Con-
gress "real dread".
It had not functioned
in the interests of the
workers. The new CW-U
regime will attempt to
.alter that trend as long as
they remain members of
The CWU intends as
well to hold an indepen-
dent view in Congress.


In the past, charged
Townsend, Congress had
taken decisions that con-
flicted with the interests
of workers.
Not quite so, felt Carlton
Savary, President, and one
of the two members who
retained their posts on the
new Executive.
Savary argued instead
that Congress may have
failed to "educate its
members" whenever it took
action in the interests of
the workers.
But Lyle Townsend
pointed to the evidence
against Congress. In 1973
the Union had submitted
to Congress proposals for
legislation that would pro-
tect the jobs of workers
in pioneer industries.
Since then two factories
(Electrofab and Qualitek)
have been closed down
and nothing ,has been
-heard from Congress.
Then, too, there were
the Industrial Stabilisation
Act (ISA) and the Indus-
trial Relations Act (IRA)
both of which are mani-
festly anti-working class
Only recently at the
CWU Convention Manswell,
President of Congress, had
said that the IRA was not
bad, John Williams recalled.
When the new CWU

regime had called for a change on the ground that
change of the delegate it would make it easier for
system to that of one-man- a minority to govern the
one-vote, Manswell had union.
criticised the proposed The pension scheme,

1969 A small group initiated the struggle to remove
Tull and the old Executive.
1971 They planned to take over the Western Branch
and expose squandermania of union's funds at Broadway and
Kowloon restaurants. Then very inexperienced in struggle.
Tull had them suspended on charges of plotting against the
19/2 The struggle was practically given up. In July
the charges were mysteriously dropped. The fresh initiatives
were begun in earnest. The reform group got the Executive of
the Western Branch to pass a vote of no-confidence in the
National Executive.
1973 -- T'. stiuggl. con U;.ucu.
1974 The reformers succeeded to the leadership of
the Western Branch. At the Convention efforts to throw out
the Executive Board failed; the reform group could muster
support only in two of the 16 branches.
1975 The Group consolidated and expanded their
influence. Much assistance was rendered by an anonymous
Progressive Workers Committee which disseminated informa-
tion on irregularities within the union.
1976 The struggle was carried to the smaller branches
in Trini-Data, ICL and ALICO. Efforts were directed to reverse
the official strategy of keeping the several branches disunited
and cut-off from information.
A vacancy in the Education and Research Secretary's
office provided an opportunity for the Group to test its
strength. John Williams won, but he was denied office until
the Elections Convention in September clarified the position.
That Convention also toppled Tull.

another sore point among
the membership, must be
reviewed. The' Executive
Board has given Education
formation or rather re-
activation of a women's
auxiliary to bring the
women more fully in the
affairs of their union.
However, the most
pressing demand faced by
-the new Executive is to
improve the financial posi-
tion of the union. The
union is now very much
in debt. Huge entertain-
ment bills must be paid.
Next step will be the
Secretary that'responsibil-
Under present arrange-
ments, workers with 20,
and 30 years' service are
entitled to only 14 years'
pensionable service, which
would work out at a
monthly pension of $40
or $50 and $6,000 gratu-
Beneficiaries of those
workers who die three
years after retirement are
entitled to only two years'
of the dead members'
Then there is the whole
question of education with-
in the union. John Williams,
the Education Secretary,
said the barrenness of the
old regime was indicated
by the fact that no funds
were ever budgeted for

The task now is to
reach the BrJan h officers'
and, later, the rank and,

In lie short run, the
education of the member-:'.
ship would centre. on the:
dissemination of informa-:'x
tion related to union
contracts and the constitu-.:
tion of the CWU.
Particular attention will:
be paid to the Govern-'
ment's divestment of
shares, si d Carlton Savary
who recalled the PM's
thoughts on the matter.:.
Since workers are going
to buy shares, then they:
riii.ust -have .some kind of:
control .:on the .issue fof-:
shares at the level of
Workers should have
representation' on the
Board of management of
TELCO as a matter of
industrial policy as well.
It is important that
workers be consulted on.
development programmes
before they are implement-
ed, said, John Williams.
Politics? The new Execu-
tive comprises people of
different political affilia-
According to Townsend,
the political alliances to
be made are only those
which serve the interests.
of the members and the
workers in the country at
CWU's new Executive
intends to champion the
cause of the workers in
the country in the Con-
Already within Congress
there have been whispers.
that Townsend and his
new Executive are "too
it is.,only a matter of
time before the whispererers
become shouters.

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14 Election & Boundaries
to meet to have "post mortem"
on elections and "its litany of
-complaints by electors".
14 Truck drivers on Port
strike against victimisationn" by
Port Authority Security Staff.
15 National Kaiso Theatre
announces closure early next
month. Impresario Superior claims
$20,000 loss.
17 Police Fraud Squad
strengthened by 25 men.
17 Thousands of homes
from Barataria to Tacarigua with-
out electricity following flash
floods. Huge traffic jams. Heavy
flooding in Dinsley Trincity,
Curepe, Maracas St. Joseph,
Champs Fleurs, El Socorro, Bara-
taria, Tunapuna.
19 Christian Youth Libera-
tion Crusade demonstrators picket
ecumenical rally in W. Square.
Pantin prays for demonstrators.
19 "Scrunting" for water
between Tunapuna and Belmont.
WASA claims blown transformer
affected treatment plant. Only
1.6m. of 6.5 million gals. being
19 Over 20 of PTSC's 432
new buses lying idle because no
one to drive them. 24 drivers in
19 Harbert Construction
Corp. (builders of $1lm gas pipe-
line) retrench 36 workers. Dead-
lock in wage talks. Phase one of
project done.
19 Work to rule at Barclays.
Wearing of black armbands.
19 Renown College Principal
claims phone dead despite 19
reports to TELCO. Dead for seven
consecutive days. Writes PM,
Mahabir and TELCO.
20 Water seepage in under-
ground cables knocks out 600
phones in downtown POS. Several
foreign missions affected. "It
could have been a seepage through
the heavy rainstorms we had on
Friday," TELCO man suggests.
No estimate of how long repairs
would take.
20 POS City Council com-
plains to WASA about poor con-
dition of roads in the city caused
by work performed by WASA
men. There are 72 such sites in
the city, most in St. James.
20 Williamsville Jr. Sec.
opens one week late with 60% of
furniture. Rest expected in the
week. Williamsville school accom-
modating students for yet incom-
plete St. Madeleine Jr. Sec.
expected to open by year-end.
21 SWWTU call for removal
of Insp. Bailey, Port Security
21 TTT, 610 remove ban
on voices of Panday, Shah and
Weekes. Bain promises Board to
consider "new policy". Staff to be
guided by booklet written by IE.
21 200 POS phones back
in service.
21 "Mount lHope Pioneers"
delegation to complain to NIHA
about "deterioration" of four-
year-old houses cracked walls,
termites. Other grievances: no
phones: no recreational facilities.
22 Harbert retrenches all

212 weekly workers. Working nine
hours a day over previous five
months, company says, welders
produced 14welds.Average daily
output should be 12 welds.
22 NHA promises early
relief at Mt. Hope.
22 Health inspectors crack-
down at lunchtime on POS mobile
food vendors.
23 San Fernando Council-
lor Kangaloo says workers not
giving the Council a full day's
work. Pledges to correct "incompe-
23 Sixty Marabella Jr. Sec.
Students return home in "disgust"
over late school bus. They waited
from 6 to 9.45 a.m. Report
"severe' rebuffs" after complaints
to PTSC.
23 Bus drivers threaten
work-to-rule over split shift system.
Up in arms over lack of facilities.
26 STATT complains in
letter to PM about appointment
of School Supervisors III. Citing
"violent emotions among teaching
26 Carl Tull voted out of
office as CWU Secretary General.
28 "Scores of streets in
East Port-of-Spain went without
cleaning, proper sweeping for the
past week because of the lack of
new brooms". Official says old
Sbrooms did not do a perfect job.
No money to buy batteries and
tyres for garbage trucks.
,28 Bank workers union cry
"scapegoats" in suspension \ of
three Central Bank staffers follow-
ing investigation into disappear-
ance of $100,000.
28 New CWU Executive
introducing "broader democracy"
of one-man one-vote into union
election for national executive.
28 Firemen protest "obso-
lete" equipment. Leaking water
28 San F'qo Public Health
order South Hospital to get rid of
cockroaches and termites.
28 No cement, 11 laid off
at Ministry of Helalth privy con-
struction project in Guaico.
29 400 Chin Lee workers
strike. Three new secondary
school openings delayed.
29 400 Chin Lee workers
strike. Three new secondary
school openings delayed. NCB
building construction affected.
29 Public Health Inspectors
seize 80,000 tins of Banquet
29 Justice Sonny Maharaj
grants Tull restraining injui nation
against new CWU Ixcecutive.
29 Announcement that $16
million World Bank loan taken up
in April for use exclusively in
road-works to case congestion.
29 One hundred and twenty
kids not attending classes at L'Ansc
Noire Moravian Primary School
since April when school building


1 Students waiting for new I

Firs, f.iv


Junior and Senior Sccondaries to
open pass the time playing pool.
1- 9)00 lines of dalngCerous
"BalnqIuet"' sarldines stolen lroim
Town all.
1 Lovers and vandals (ha'ng-
ing out at Post Office ITrace pumIIp-
houLse in New Grant) blamed for
south water shorlaige.
S- TIWU cihailgs "callouIs
disregard Ior the salfetl of trave\l-
ling public" in criticizing P IISC'
plan to rehire retired dlri\vrcs.
[1- TLCO workers wearl
lack armbihands procstli ', Itill's
teInlporr iy reinsl Cienllc l.
1 I l;irl-ert to takei liick 212
goiil-gslowv workers risct.'nchi'd.
1 ('Chin IL cclse to Imc'
USS utnionl lrikc ail tllree schools
contill nues.
1 Dr. Joseph si\ lile los
diiring Sept-Dec. 1 O7 lcrinl will
be made tip in Jain-Aug. "'7: class
to bh h,'ld during v\i'cilion wlierec
1 Taps in River lsltic,
Diego Martin dry for five L;l\s.
1 Centlril Bank report pir-
dicts induslriail peace for i1c\l two
1 llarbert denies agrcmcnt

to take back all 21 2 men.
1 Auditor (Cieneral's report
finds no Pairliamcntary or Cabinet
il|lpproval for expenditure of SO.9
million o convention Centre
hetiween 1909 and 1974.
2 Ienth ship since 1974
crashes ito u nlil wreck at POS
hlllrhoutr entcirance.-
2 Upper Belmont Valle\
Road residents wait five hours in
vaiin Io se Rep. Dc Lima about
walcr i \:iil:iblc onl\ b between 2
and 5 a.I.i.
3 PIscai illagrcs threaten
latl -;ir*ri ing Iiirem i ln.
3 No Iuriuilurc \ ct lor
M lick 'school.
4 N:i| ,lrim ,i i G irls close
I'caiiilse.' o l mosIq.uito ini asion.
S|teNsidc A.uglicin ili school torccd
to close \ |i b\ cirils unb'ai:irible
slt ncl1 Iroi0 It l,'d cesspits.
4 i- hief Juslice' holdinii
oiilo l kii i lihtllood Ca. binet stud\ -
ine. Im l ta lcl. W\j.s .i and l ob s to st l\
in c ut is. "t o ] |ii Ihord-sliii n. m\
lold" lo con intuc.
4 1 ir'c'mn hiid 'd b)
1I'.Il lic 1]1111 o n \i ,.i\ to so l.th li lire.
4.- PIiclits. students. stall
"sluto kcd" b\ niiil-o'i'l lc liin ol "
NM ilick sc, ool building' ,iild lick

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of furniture.
6 Cubana crash; 73 die.
6 Tull injunction dismissed.
New Secretary General Townsend
back in chair.
6 Firemen say "chaotic
situation" in Service; poor equip-
ment; bad planning; big fire could
devastate San Fernando anytime
since hose-layer damaged in May.
6 BWIA strike; 1,000
employees walk off; flights can-
celled; cargo handling for three
airlines delayed.
6 PSA Teachers call for
new personnel on Teaching Service
Commission; "regrettable lack of
confidence expressed".
6 Cipriani Labour College
,students start wearing red arm
bands in protest.
7_- Lennie Farfan and Ulmont
Pierre, two Permanent Secretaries
in Ministry of Education. "Ticklish
problem. Only PM can resolve it,"
says "source".
7 Diego-Valley taxis hike
fares to 75 cents. Long Circular
taxis announce rise.
7 Twenty-five Laventille
residents picket. Whitehall for jobs
in NHA complex.
7 POS Council casual workers

"on the warpath" for better work-
ing conditions.
7 BWIA strike continues;
flights cancelled; company apol-
ogises to travellers; 400 travellers
strangled; Tobago gets no daily,
newspapers; rift in top CATTU
7 Class boycott and placard
picket by some 178 Cipriani L.C.
day students. "The board must
go," is the chant.
7 Harbert row still un-
8 Firemen's Association say
Trinidad unprepared for Cubana-
like disaster inadequate ambu-
lances, appliances, equipment etc.
8 ULF MP Nizam Moham-
med rejects Govt. boast of "stabil-
8 BWIA losing $500,000 a
day through strike. 300 World
Airlines Club Association delegates
8 Pitt made Ambassador at
9 Air traffic controllers at
Piarco in "massive" sick out.
BWIA strike ends.
9 "Tunapuna bloc" of ULF
advise: Take bus' don't pay
increased taxi fares.

9 Upper Belmont V. Road
residents threaten march on White-
10 Cipriani boycott con-
10 Dry taps in Blue Basin
for six days. Diego commuters
placard-protest on Diego Highway
and Independence Square against
.taxi fare rises.
13 Piarco airport closed
two straight nights. Sick out con-
tinues. Aircraft can't be control-
led after 8 p.m.
11 Tobago firemen com-
plain poor communication; reduced
to sending word of mouth message
18 miles.
11 Diego-Petit Valley drivers
strike at peak hours; demand pay-
first system; split among the
drivers. Despite loud "grumble"
over 25 to 50% fare increases, in
the country at large, taxis roll on.
11 Gopaul seeking 85%
wage hike for teachers.
11 Air traffic men back out
to work.
11 Malick schoolgirl killed;
registration horrors; Principal and
staff nowhere to be seen.
11 ICFTU reject Caroni
11 Ice shortage; heat wave
in Tobago.
12 Health inspectors close
down Cipriani Labour College and
Piarco Airport restaurant;
12 City council "casuals"
picket Town Hall. Council on
verge of "broke"'
12 Complaint: Low voltage
electricity supply in Tableland.
Yellow Fever scare in Malick.
Placard-protest outside Industrial
12 Go slow at South hos-
pital by technicians, kitchen,
laundry and ground staff. Closed,
flea-hit Maraval school re-occupied.
North Diego Village Council
advise taximen to attack problem
at sources: hit businessmen for
jacking up cost of spares.
13 WASA 250 men in
South stay off jobs conditions
"unfit for human beings". Piarco
restaurant reopens. 600 pounds of
beef seized; restaurant employees
stopped from food handling.
13 Diego-Petit Valley Taxi-
men union sue four drivers for
using union name in "fictitious"
fare increase. Mighty Terror to
attack fare rise in calypso.
13 POS City Council fore-
casts $15 million deficit in 1977.
13 Sen. Joe: Young calls
PTSC management "tragedy on
13 PTSC seeks to capitalise
on commuter protest over Diego
fare rises: "pilot scheme" -- one
trip every 25 minutes. Trinidad
Commuters Association calls on
Govt. to spend $1m on transport
or "we will all become athletes by
14 Health Inspectors on the
move: two bakeries, beer garden
ordered closed. 232 pails of meat
and saltfish destroyed.
14 Meals delayed at South
hospital by go-slow.

14 Rotten leaves and dust
flow from Mayaro water pipes.
14 Police prohibit taximen
motorcade. Diego fares settled at
65 cents. Laventille hill fares
increase between 5 and 15 cents.
LPG price rises.
14 Chin Lee workers in
picket protest outside Whitehall.
15 Belmont Valley Road
residents placard-protest at White-
hall. Try to force their way to see
PM. Police block them.
15 Sick out at NCB. Go-
slow ends at South Hospital.
15 Malick classes now set
to start Oct. 26.
15 "Liberation" appears.
NJAC sees "new mood of protest"
Promises: "Black steamroller"
back on the road.
17 Tapia Council of Reps.
votes to denounce Government's
"pussy-footing" on transport; calls
for "variety of short-term
17 Princes 1 own nousewives
*angry over bakery shutdown by
Health inspectors.
17 New "W" series out; 350
cars in two days.
17 CDC unsure about
Calypso Theatre in 1977.
17 Protest over uncleared
garbage in East POS.
18 Water curfew, in POS.
Cascade residents meet in St. Anns
with WASA and De Lima.
18 Diego firemen complain
of dangerously defective appliance.
18 Placard demonstration
for bus service in Laventille.
18 WASA men at Kings
Wharf, San Fernando threaten
19 Tull appeals against dis-
missed injunction -on CWU ouster.
19 South firemen condemn
their own quarters as 'lacking
safety facilities for fire.
19 St. James Rates Objec-
tors Body (ROB) call for boycott
of taxis on fare increase from 40
to 50 cents.
19 WASA men in South on
strike. Placard demo. at Kings-
20 Smoke pall causing
hazard on Hochoy Highway.
20 South WASA men
assured of pay for days of work
20 ULF call for meeting of
all concerned on taxi fare rises.
20 Port Security Chief
quits "in frustration".
22 Postmen begin work to
rule. Mail pile up at C.P.O.
24 St. Anns Hospital Staff
take newspaper ad to publish
drug shortage, overcrowding of
patients: poor sanitation: announce
cessation of admission of patients.
24 OWTU "Cossabo" group
calls for "National Day of Protest"
in November.
24 POS Town HIall complain
of defective phones "TLLCO just
yards away".
26 Postmen union official
deny it's annual Christmastime


-C court bo ycott:Kwayana on the


-- NOTED Guyanese leader
,-:.Eusi Kwayarn has been in
hiding ever since the courts
in that country issued a
warrant for his arrest fol-
lowing his failure to appear
to answer charges con-
nected with illegal publica-
tion of the.anti-Government
organ "Dayclean".
Kwayaha's. wife has
recently issued.a statement
charging harassment of her-
self and farhily by police
: allegedly searching for .the,.
ASCRIA leader who broke-
w ith Burnham some years
ago and who has since
been a strong critic of'the
PNC regime.
It is not the first time
that Kwayana has been in-
open defiance of the courts.
Some months ago, he was
moved to repeat in public
a statement for. which a
former mayor of George-
town had been successfully
sued for damages by Prime
SMinister Burnham.


".Dayclean" is the
organ of the Working
.People's Alliance of which
Kwayana is a member.
Forced underground by
the restrictive legislation
now on the books in
Guyana, the paper is circu-
lated as a single cyclostyled
sheet, copies of which are
mailed to TAPIA.
A statement by the
WPA in a recent issue of
"Dayclean" condemns the
prosecution of Kwayana
which, following on the
conviction of WPA mem-
ber Moses Bhagwan, the
organisation views as
"persecution of the WPA
which forms part of an
assault on those who try
to confront the pressing
problems of our day."


The Alliance has
promised to fight a politi-
cal-legal battle on the
Kwayana issue. Defend-
ing its policy of boycott
of the courts, the WPA
"Our boycott of the
court is directed against
abuses. known to every
man woman and child .in
"The ministers do
whatever they like with
the constitution. They
violate it daily, upset laid
down judicial procedures,
disobey the law, practise
open racial and political
discrimination, interfere in
various 'legal' tribunals,
and then try to tell the
world that a WPA man is
breaking the law by not
appearing in court when
The Working People's
Alliance has issued a 21-
point protest against the
Burnham regime. See box.

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T h h a

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1. The use of the courts and the A.G.'s office for
political convenience.
S -2. The doctrine of Paramountcy of the Party
.*er the stateorgans and over the people ii a multi-
party society.
3. Failure of the court authorities to issue writ
and comply with rules in political cases.
:: 4. Party interference-with the appointment of
Walter Rodney at the University of Guyana.
S5. Discrimination in employment of a -acal,
party, and district type and the practice of tribalistic
S6. Failure to bring accused persons to trial after
years of delay.
S7. Failure to proceed against the attempted mur-
der of Josh Ramsammy and Bashir and failure to
publish the Jhappan report and to enquire into the
election deaths on East Demerara.
.8. Failure to hold (open) enquiry into political
Payments in Guyana by Reynolds Metals Company
.1971 to 1974.
9. Failure to revoke the 1966 treaty giving the
.USA landing rights for military aircraft and agents.
10. Widespread economic pressure on the people

and failure to provide enough public transport.
11. Failure to allow workers in unions (GMWU
most significantly) to choose their leaders.
12. Failure to publish the Ombudsman's report.
13. Failure of government ministers to publish
their assets 18 months after the appointed date of
14. Conspiracy with Caricom leaders to keep
Gairy in power and keep Desmond Trotter, Cottle,
and Lorraine in jail.
i5. Failure to hold local government elections.
16. Tampering with the rights of religious people,
and on the whole with freedom of conscience.
17. Making the party card the qualification for
the enjoyment of basic human rights.
18. Failure to repeal thenewsprint control orders
deemed unconstitutional by'Justice Vieira.
19. Criminal neglect of the worsening traffic
situation in the country.
20. Failure of the government to guarantee the
right to vote at national elections.
21. Failure to open the People's Militia to
persons outside the PNC and to approve broad com-
mittees in defence of independence.


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By Raoul Pantin
THE EARLY history of
Trinidad Carnival is now
repeating itself 4,000 miles
away in not-so-merrie
England in Notting Hill,
North Kensington, London
to be exact.
There, since 1965, West
Indians living in and
around the Notting Hill
area, which has erupted
into racial warfare in the
past, have been coming
out on the streets to play
mas' every last weekend
in August, a public holiday
in Britain.
This year the Carnival
exploded into an open
street battle between young
West Indians and London
policemen. When the smoke
cleared, 325 policemen had
:een injured. The West
Indian casualties were
fewer, including 16 arrested
for pickpocketing ,(the
.police -had said they ex-
pected 800 pickpockets).
News reports of the
event all mentioned the
fact that the police had
turned out for the Carnival
in unusual strength. There
was resentment among the
revellers. And the confron-
tation followed a natural


But the'September issue
of "RACE TODAY", a
London magazine pub-
lished by an organisation
known as the Race Today
Collective Association,
gives much more details
than have been published
to date. And there is an
uncanny similarity between
the campaign to stop the
Notting Hill Carnival of
1976 and the social disdain
faced by early Trinidad
Car nival.
According to "RACE
TODAY", the campaign
against the Carnival began
in September 1975 when
"a handful of white resi-
dents in North Kensington
launched a campaign call-
ing for the removal of
Carnival from the streets
of Netting Hill.
y .January 1976, the
campaign embraced bo-
rough councillors. And the
Jointly, they wanted the
Notting Hill Carnival re-
moved to an enclosed area
- White City Stadium (no
joke). When the Carnival
organizers resisted, the

police threatened to refuse
liquor licences.
Two months later, a
petition with 500 signatures
was handed to Kensington
Chief Supt. Patterson. That
petition could have been
taken from the historical
records in Port-of-Spain.
It read:
"If the- carnival were
held in the streets this
year, we would have to
think in terms of not
hundreds of police but
thousands. Police leave
might have to be cancel-
led not just here but
throughout the.metropolis."

Ano other petitioner
wrote: "T am 100 per cent
--corLvinceOtrt'-tftrit e'crnivnl
has outgrown itself and is
no longer suitable for the
streets of Notting Hill or
any other London streets.."
The carnival, residents
of the area said, "disrupts
the everyday life of those
people who don't wish to
be subjected to the noise."
A local paper, "The
Golborne" said: "A 72-
hour razz-ma-tazz with
canned music blaring
through the night is clearly
a real nuisance."
What had certainly hap-
pened in the 11 yearssince
the Notting Hill carnival
had first taken to the
streets was that it had
become a significant West
Indian rally and, accord-
ing to Darcus Howe, Trini-
dadian editor of "RACE
TODAY", therefore a poli-
tical act.
From a small group of
some 500 revellers in 1965,
the carnival had grown to
more than 250,000 or a
quarter of a million West








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there are any around to
witness this most in-
conspicuous of resur-
rections it is I.
Returned to bare my
breasts and sing my mea
culpas. Returned ;not
garbed in glory but
dusted over with ashes.
Returned, reluctantly,
unwillingly, ripped from
my shroud of silence by
the kindly barb of our
editor who asked me,
oh so gently, whether
my pen was constipated.
But, dear friends,
immobility lay not in
my pen but in myself.
Immobility forced by
that paralysis of will in
which even to think was
to expose myself to a
thousand shards of
doubt, and to attempt
to write was to suffer
the indignity of being
bombed in one's own
So the hibernation
was a long and restless
one. And if I have at
last summoned the
courage to poke my
nose above the surface.
let it be understood
that it is with no great
assurance that I shall
not panic and dive once
again to the depths.
For what does the-
loudmouthed cynic say
when exposed as a hope-
less idiotic idealist in
wolf's clothing? Well-for
one thing you can throw
yourself on the mercy
of the court. Admit
your guilt and promise
to sin no more.
Or you might with
some material Act of
Contrition purchase your-
.self a special dispensa-
And I hope, dear
friends, that you will be
gracious unto me as I
try in my own limited
way to redress, the
balance of absurdity,
futility and shame,
I do not wish you to
get me wrong. This is
no cry of defiance. No
rallying call -to the
righteous. No invitation
to a great march. It is
simply that for me there
is and san be no other
There are two views.
The one is in the story
told by Eugene
McCarthy, poet, politi-
cian and perennial c;n-
oont' on Page 8,

that those fragments can
be assembled in a new
wholeness, that these
disintegrations can be
made into the prepara-
tion for anew synthesis,
then we must wager our
lives on that possibility.
Precluded from ever
knowing whether we
were right or wrong, we
must begin the fight
again, even if in a seedy
room in a decaying


Comment by


didate for the American
Presidency, of the youth
who told him on the
eve of Nixon's re-election
in 1972 that "President
Nixon will be re-elected
because the country will
not vote against its own
The other view is
that of Michael Harring-
ton, US author and
agitator for a new world.
"We can say that as long
as it is even possible




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AFTER A long respite, the Tapia House will once again On the weekend November 12-13, "Echo" will be
rDram a echo to the sounds of dramatic performance when on seen at the Tornado Panyard, Point Fortin. On succeeding
November 5 and 6 the Group 15 players stage "An Echo weekends the Group 15 will take their props and players
Sin the Bone". to Bishops High School in Tobago and the Legion Hall in
t Members of the Group 15 who have been rehearsing Port-of-Spain.
these last few months in the Tapia House, are putting Tickets for the shows are on sale ($4) at Sealy's
H finishing touches to their presentation of this Dennis Scott Bookshop on Frederick Street, Valpark Plaza and at the
, OU S e play which will open at the Tapia House before moving to Legion Hall.
other venues.






TAPIA HAS called for immediate action
to cut down congestion on the nation's,
roads by issuing H-rights for mini buses
This is one of the measures for
short-term improvement of road trans-
port which were recommended in a
statement issued last week under
authority of the Tapia Council of
The statement:
TAPIA denounces the Govern-
ment's continued pussy-footing
over the matter of public transport.
We regard the latest increase in
taxi fares as merely one symptom
of a basic disorder.
Overnight increases ranging
from one third to one half have /
thrown people's budgets into
utter confusion. The average
store-clerk or garment worker
living in Tunapuna and travelling
to Port-of-Spain must now pay
on transport two out of every ten
cents wages.


The travelling public cannot
be expected to wait another X
years until the, Busway finally
replaces the Railway..
There is ample room for
action now. All that is needed is a
little imagination, some under-
standing of the public's frustra-
tions and a willingness to put the-
country as a whole before any

(special interests.
The present position has
become impossible for all con-
cerned the PTSC, the private
car-owners, the taxi-drivers and
the public at large.
The root-cause of this trans-
port crisis is a complete and con-
stant congestion of the nation's
major roadways.-And-thA e xoAtQt
cause of the congestion is the
Government's misguided policy of
forcing people to travel by private
cars rather than by taxis, by
taxis rather than by buses and by
buses rather than by trains.

The more private cars there
are on the road, the slower Will
be the bus system and the higher
the cost of operating the taxi-
system. Many many people who
try to get to work on time have
no choice but to get a private car,
whether or not they can afford it.
More private cars, slower buses,
more and dearer taxis, still more
private cars.
The Government have failed
entirely to recognize this vicious
circle. They have subsidized gaso-
line for all motorists thereby can-
celling out the value of the
subsidies to the PTSC and the
value of purchase-tal concessions
to taxis.

They have failed to discrimi-
nate in favour of private mini-
They have failed to regulate
standards of _.motor-assembly,
'supplies and prices of parts, the
quality of motor-servicing and the
rates of motor-insurance.

Above all, they have been
wickedly late in launching a proper
programme of road expansion,
extension and maintenance.
The result is that the public
is paying increasingly more for
transport. We pay in the form of
taxes mis-spent, in the form of
taxes not collected as well as in
the. form of the higher costs of
cars, parts, servicing, and insurance.
Not only must we pay higher
fares for taxis but we waste
endless time on the roads and we
incur immeasurable suffering and
loss in accidents on the road.
Tapia is calling on the Gov-
ernment to come up with immedi-
ate and practical solutions.
We appreciate that there is
no single magic solution but we
insist that the first step must be
to give a clear priority to the
development ot public transport
so that more and more people
would voluntarily choose buses

(before taxis and taxis before
private cars.
The public looks looks to the
1977 Budget for measures aimed
at encouraging more people to go
to 'work by public buses or by
private mini-buses
There must .be,, immediate,
ut ion I. cut Q-,ul wn ruiad-cun.ta-
tion by issuing H-Rights for mini-
buses only and by incentives to
private operators to specialize in
more teeder-route transport so
that the PTSC buses could turn
around much more rapidly along
the major routes.


We anticipate great gains
from a variety of minor measures
such-as the staggering of hours,
the creation of terminuses and
special lay-by stops for taxis, the
improved use of traffic lights, the
judicious improvement of back-
roads, the restriction of main-
road parking, and the more
imaginative and more widespread
use of both stationary and mobile
traffic police.
Many of the measures we
need will at first be very unpopular.
But it is the duty of the Govern-
ment to place our collective
salvation before the philosophy
of dog-eat-dog and survival of
the fittest.

THE CUBANA crash of
October 6 for their alleged
j:arts in which
two Venezuelans have been
held by +hp Trinidad and
Tobago police is expected
to have a serious effect on
Venezuelan politics.
This is the speculation
contained in a recent issue
of the_- journal LATIN

thinks that the spectre of
anti-Cuban violence repre-
sented by the Cubana
sabotage and the conse-
quent machine-gunning bf
the Cuban embassy in
Caracas will strengthen
the Venezuelan left wing.
Likely to profit elector-
ally from this is the Movi-
miento al Socialism (MAS),
describe as a breaKaway

from the Moscow-line
Communist party.
speculates: "If there is now
to be a scandal about right
wing Cuban exile violence
in Venezuela, this may
give the president,or other
AD leaders, the chance to
exploit public resentment
in favour of a more left-
ing candidate.''

i ,/r,, I'. ,m 'age 7
Indians all together at the
same time.
The anti-Ciarnival cam-
paign did not succeed.
Carnival hit the streets of
Notting Hill last August as
usual. Except there was
the heavy presence of
thousands of policemen
and the ensuing confronta-
saw it: "The police drew
the battle lines and black
youth moved to the fore-

front in the confrontation.
The British national
newspapers were cautious
on the ugly affair. The
"Financial Times' said:
'Those who steal or assault
must be classed as crimi-
nals. But those who crowd
round to prevent the
police from arresting them
must surely be seen as
expressing a kind of social
or political anger, however
After all, there's Carni-
val '77 in Notting Hill to

Ven. Cubana row

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