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SAINT VINCENT

SAINT VINC ENT


GOVERNMENT


GAZETTE


juhblished bh authority .


Vol. S8. tINT VINCINT. WEDNESDAY, 28 DECEM IBER. 1ii55. [No 70.


GOVERNMENT NOTICES.

No. 543.
RETURN OF GOVERNOR TO GRENADA.
With reference to Government Notice No. 529 of 10th December. 1955. His
Excellence Mr. C. M. DEVERELL. C:M1.G., C.V.O., O.B.E.. Governor of the
Windward Islands, returned to Greiada on the 24th) Dec(m1cer. 1955.
28th December, 1955.
(A. 28/1948.)
No. 544.
CIVIL SERVICE EXAMINATION 1955.
Th" following candidates have been successful in the 1955 Civil Service
Examination :-


Mr. VINCENT YORKE, Junior Clerk.
Mr. MBTFORD SCOTT, ,,
Miss A. I. DAISLEY,
Mr. R. H. MARSHALL, .
Miss GRACIE DAISLEY, ., ,,
Miss STELLA BRERETON, ,,
Mrs. S. E. McKELL,
Miss S. ANDERSON,
Mrs. E. CUMMINGS,
Mr. C. S. DAISY.
28th December, 1955.
(A. 16/1952).

No. 545.
APPOINTMENT.

MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE. JUVENILE
DELINQUENTS' HOME, FAIRHALL.
With reference to Government Notice
No. 507 of 7th October, 1952, the Gov-


Treasury Department
Audit ,,
Treasury. ,,
General Post Office
Treasury i)epartnment
Government Office
Pubhli Works Department
Government Office


ernor ihaM been pleased to appoint Mrs.
G. SNELLING as a member of the Man-
agement Committee of the Home for
Juvenile D)eh'nqunnts at Fairhall, with
effect from 17thi December, 1955, vice
Miss K. E. WILLIAMS, who has resigned.
28th December, 1955.
(D 1/1925).


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414 SAINT VINCENT, WEDNESDAY, 28 DECEMBER, 1955.-(No. 70).


No. 546.
COTTON LIAISON COMMITTEE.

It is notified for general information
that the Cottonr Liaison Committee
ceased to function with effect from the
15th December, 1955.
It. is hoped that the newly formed
St. Vincent Cotton Asso-iation will take
over th- functions formerly performed
by the Committee.
28th December, 1955.

No. 547.
SUPPLEMENT TO GAZETTE.

The Xdministration Report on the
Labour Department for the year 1954
is published with this issue of the
Gazette.
28th December, 1955.


DEPARTMENTAL AND
OTHER NOTICES.

SUPREME COURT NOTICES.

NOTICE is hereby given that a Sitting
of the Supreme Court of the Windward
Islands and Leeward Islands will be
held at the Court House in Kingstown,
for the trial of CRIMINAL causes on
Tuesday the lOth day of January, 1956,
commencing at 10.00 o'clock in the
forenoon.
All parties concerned, also such per-
sons as are bound over by recognizance
to prosecute or give evidence, or sum-
moned as Jurors, or witnesses are com-
manded to give their personal atten-
dance.
23rd December, 1955.


NOTICE is hereby given that a Sitting
No. 548. of the Supreme Court of the Windward
BANK HOLIDAYS. Islands and Leeward Islands will be
Under the Bank Holidays Ordinance |held at the Court House in Kingstown,
Monderay the 2nd January, 1956, berinanceg for the trial of CIVIL causes in the
Monday the 2nd January, 1956, being Summary and Original Jurisdictions of
a Bank Holiday, all Public Offices will the Courtand Origin Tesday Jurithe sdictionthe t of
be closed on that day. of January. 1956, commencing at 10.00
28th December, 1955. o'clock in the forenoon.

No. 541. 23rd December, 1955.
By virtue of a Proclamation issued
with the Government Gazette of 17th NOTICE is hereby given that a Sitting
Decem ter, 19!55, Tuesday, 3rd January, of the Supremne CourL of the Windward
1956, being a Bank Holiday, all Public Islands and Leeward Islands will be
Offices will ae closed on that day. held at the Court House in Kingstown,
for the hearing of APPEALS FROM
20th December, 1955. MAGISTRATES on 1 -.a,-, the 10th
(W. 37/1955). day of January, 1956, commencing at
10.00 o'clock in the forenoon.
No. 539.
o. NEW. C. E. HAWLE,
BROADCASi OF NEW YEAR MESSAGE Reistar. ee Court.
BY THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR
THE COLONIES. REGISTRAR'S OFFICE,


It is notified for ,' neral information
that the Secretary of State for the Colo-
nies proposes to Broadcast a New Year's
Message to all territories on the follow-
ing Services of the B.B.C.:-
General Overseas Service :
30th December at 16.15 G.M.T.
31st December at 12.15 G.M.T.
31st Dec, mber at 21.00 G.M.T.
Colonial Service :
31st December at 20.15 G.M.T.
31st December at 23.15 G.M.T.
20th December. 1955.
By Command,
A. L. SAMUEL,
Acting Government Secretary.
GOVERNMENT OFFICE,
28th December, 1955.


KINOSTOWN,
23rd December. 1955.


TREASURY NOTICES.

PAYMENT OF CLAIMS FOR DECEM-
BER, 1955.

CoIL actor, s, Merchailts anid all other
persons having claims, against the
Government of St. Vinci nt. are hereby
requested to forward such claims to the
Government t Departmeiits concerned cn
or before the 15th day of December, 1955,
in order to ensure the payment thereof
before the close of the current financial
year at 31st December, next.
2. Similarly, all persons indebted to
the Government of St. Vincent for goods
supplied or services rendered are hereby














SAINT VINCENT, WEDNESDA Y. 2S PECEMiBEK, 1955.-(No. 70). 415


requested to settle these accounts on or STATEMENT OF CURRENCY NOTE CIR-
before the 31st day of December. 1955. CULATION IN THE BRITISH CARIBBEAN
A. D. W. JOHINSON, TERRITORIES (EASTERN GROUP)
for Colonial Treasurer.
trON st DECEMBER, 1955.
11th November, 1955.


NEW COINAGE

Although for convenience the issue
of the new Coinage in St. Vincent has
been delayed until the new year, this
measure does not affect its legality as
tender. S.R. & 0. 1955 No. 21 gazetted
21st June. 1955, proclaimed this coin-
age as legal Lenler with effect from 1st
July, 1955.
2. As neighboring territories have
all made tiartial or complete issues it is
inevitable that a small quantity of the
new coinage will find its way into our
circulation. Cases have comn to light
where new coins have been refused; it,
is emphasized that this is incorrect, the
new coins must be regarded as equally
valid as the U.K. coinage.
PETER. R. ELLS,
Colonial Treasiurer.
Treasury 1)Department,
Kinigstown,
21st December. 1955.

PUBLIC HEALTH NOTICE.


Average Circulation during
October, 1955:-
Br. Caribbean Cur-
rency Notes ...S54,516,977.00
Demonetized Govt.
notes (outstanding)... 1,290,082.00

$55,807,059.00


British Caribbean Cmr-
rency Notes in circu-
lation on 1st Decem-
ber 1955 :-
Trinidad & Tobago
(including Mont-
serrat) ...
Barbados ...
British Guiana ...
Grenaa ...
St. Vincent ...
St. Lucia ...
Do! .i. ia ...;o
Antigua ...
St. Kitts ...

Total 1.ritish Caribbean


$27,621,944.00
5,340,625.00
14,838,320.50
2,264,100.00
504,400.00
934,000.00
1,191,400.00
1,545,300.00
1,519,500.00


A Course of inLructiion to prepare Currentc iNotes ... $55,759,589.50
Candidates for the examination for the
Royal Society for the Promotion of Demonetized Trini-
Health Certilicate will be given ill the dad ba G t.
Medical Department, Kingstown, dur- notes outstand-
ing the coming year. The course will ing ... S 871,360.00
commence on the 23rd January, 1956 Demonetized Brit-
and will last for six months dil.iing ish Guiana Got.
which time lectures :and demonstrations notes ou tstand-
will be given throe afternoons a week ing ... 314,662.50
in the Medical Departiennt. Demonetized Bar-
Pros pective Candidates sihoiud he of bados Govt. notes
a high educational standard. Posses- outstanding ... 82,480.00
sion of the( Cambridge S-nior Certificatte
or its equivalent is desirable but not
essential. Consideration will be given Total demonetized Govt.
to 3;mulidat s who lass a special quali- notes outstanding ... i1,268,502.50
fyiig examination which will be held ----
prior to the commencement of the Total circulation
Coarse,, but such Students will be ulti- on 1st Dec. 1955 ... $57.028,092.00
mately eligible only for the local quali-
fying exaininlati.,i for -anuiiary Ins)pec- L. SPENCE,
tors, and cannot sit i'or the recognized
Royal Society Certificate. Executive Cnmni.wioner.
Further details as regards the fees British Caribbeai Currency
payable for the Course, dlites of examin- Board.
ation, and times of lectures will be sup-
plied o, dire:-: application to the Medi- BRIT[SH CARIBBEAN CURRENCY
cal Department. BOARD,


M. F. SLATTERY,
Senior Medical Officer.
9th December, 1955.


TREASURY CHAMBERS.
PORT-OF-SPAIN,
TRINIDAD, B.W.I..














416 SAINT VINCENT, WEDNESDAY, 28 DECEMBER,-(No. 70.)


SAI.\T VINCENT.

IN THE SUPREME COURT OF THE
WINDWARD ISLANDS AND
LEEWARDISLANDS
(ORIGINAL JURISDICTION)
A.D. 1955.

SUIT No. 10


possession of Frederick Augustine Cas-
son and which said lot of land contains
34 Poles and is bounded Northerly by
the Reserve section Easterly and South-
erly by the Public Highway and West-
erly by Lot Number 62 and as is more
particularly shown and described on the
said Plan or howsoever otherwise the
same may be butted bounded known or
described Together with all buildings


Between:- and erections thereon And all ways
v watercourses ,nd all otl e', lase ments
AUBREY PROVIDENCE Plainliff and advan ages thi rfto belonging or
N and held used occupied and enjoyed theie-
CONRAD 'FORBES Defendant .wih r or 1e
1 with (,r ret'llted to belong or be
By Order dated the 3rd day of appurtenant thereto ...... RESERVED
Decero.ber, 1955. PRICE S3 710.(S.

Parsuant ti, :in Ord,*r made by Cecil C. E. A. RAWLE.
Eric Allortn Rawlc, I' sq., Registrar of Registrar of there Supreme
the Supreme Court undner and by virtue Court.
of Lhepowers r est.l, i, hiin by the Rul-s Dated the 9th day of December, 1955.
of the Supreme Court of tih Windward
Islands and Leeward Islands made bhy
the Chi-f Justice on the 29th dav of
July, 1951, Notic iP llereby Given NOTICE.
that on S'athrday, the 14th day of Jan-
uary, 1956. between the hours of 12 KINGSTOWN BOARD.
o'clock noon and 3 p.m., at tle Court
House in Kings own, here will bo put All Merchants, Shopkeepers and
up for s:ile y, the Rgis:rar of the Sn Others t-adin- in Kinigt wn itre requ,,st-
preme Court the hereditaminnts lands ed to k:ep proper records of all their
and t-nements specified in the Schedule purchases and Sales d uing 1956. Th.re
herein Irwritten at the reserve price will lie introduced a new method of
therein set out. assessment of Tad'ers' R;te for 1957
which will be based on the Total Pur-
THIS IS THE SCHOIEDULE ABOVE chase, or Sales (to be decided later)
REFERRED TO made in the previous year.
ALL THAT LOT PIECE OR PARCEL OF
LAND part of the Arnos Vale Estate in V. G. DASILVA.
the Parish of Saint George in the Island Warden.
of Saint Vinceut I eingo lots Nos. 60 and
61 on the Plan of thr, said Esate prep:ir- Office of th, Kingstown
ed by Charles Fitz-Williani Rich:trdson Board,
Land Surveyor and dated the 13th day Paul's Lot,
of March, 1922 which slid plan is in the 22nd December, 1955.


PRINTED BY THE GOVERNMENT FPJNTER, AT THE GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE,
KINGSTOWN, ST. VINCENT.
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SAINT VINCENT.

ANNUAL REPORT ON THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOUR FOR THE YEAR 1954.

CONTENTS.
Paragraphs.
I. Staff-including Duties and F.huncial Provision 1- 9
II. General Review:
Population 10
Employment 11
Unemployment 12
Training Schemes 13-14
Wages 15-16
III. Industrial Relations 17-22
IV. Safety, Health and Welfare 23-26
V. Living Conditions 27-29
VI. Health 30-32
VII. Sociological Aspects 33-34
VIII. Social Security 35--36
IX. Women and Children -97-39
X. Legislation 40
XI. Miscellaneous 41-42

I. STAFF.
1. The Staff of the Department of Labour ,at theo 31st December, 1954, com-
prised the following:-
Labour Commissioner -C. G. Huggins.
Labour Inspector --0.. F. Jack.
2 Junior Clerks -Miss Beryl Richards,
Miss Agnes Ross.

2. Miss Agnes Ross, Junior Clerk, was seconded to the Supervisor of Elec-
tions from 17th May-9th September, 1954. During her absence, her place
was taken by Miss Bridget Marshall.
3. Mr. Winston Charles, a Probationary Clerk temporarily attached to this
Department, was awarded a Scholarship to the Imperial College of Tropical
-Agriculture in Trinidad. Mr. Charles left for the Imperial College on 28. 9. 54
. and his place was taken by Miss Marlene Wilson.
4. Mr. G. F. Jack, Labour Inspector, was temporarily transferred to the
Income Tax Office as Acting2 Inspector of Income Tax as from 1st October 1954.
The Department has been up to the 31st December, 1954.. without the service
of a Labour Inspector.
5. Miss Beryl Richards was granted casual leave followed by sick leave
from 4th November-31st December, 1954
6. Duties of Labour Commissioner: The duties of the Labour Commis-
sioner include the following:-
(1) To investigate all representations made by employers and employees
with a view to settling disputes and improving Labour relations.
(2) To advise and assist Trade Unions in organisation and Trade Union
practice.
(3) To visit the various places of employment including factories with a 4
view to studying wage-rates, hours of work, conditions of work in
general as well as living conditions.
(4) To advise employers 'and employees on claims arising under the Work-
men's Compensation Ordinance.
(5) To .assist in the placing of employees in employment.
(6) To collect and collate statistics relating to labour including cost-of-
living statistics.
(7) To ensure the enforcement of labour legislation.
(8) To advise Government on labour matters.
7. Duties of Labour Inspector: The Labour Inspector assists the Labour
Commissioner in ensuring the due enforcement of labour legislation and in-the
investigation of minor disputes; he collects and tabulates labour statistics includ-
ing cost-of-living statistics; he also helps to place workers in employment.


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8. Duties of Junior CWrkq- One Clerk is responsible for keeping the accounts
of workers recruited, for work in the U.S.A. The other Clerk is responsible for
typing, filing and other clerical work.
9. Finance: The amount provided in the Estimates of the Colony for the
maintenance of the Department during the year was $11,515 made up as follows:-
Personal Emoluments: ...... $9,896
Other Charges: >..... $1,619

II. GENERAL REVIEW.
10. Population: The total population of St. Vincent was estimated at
73,500 at the 31st December, 1954. The working population is estimated at
30,000. By working population is meant the number of persons between 15-65
years of age who :vork, for pay or gain or who are offering themselves for such
work. It does not include retired persons, pupils at school, persons in institu-
tions, persons who for va.rous reasons are unable to work as well as persons
who do not undertake remunerative work e.g. housewives. The working popu-
lation is being constantly replenished by young entrants to employment at the
rate of some 1,200 per annum and by the return of workers from abroad e.g.
Curacao and Aruba. The population is increasing .at the rate of 2% p.a., that
is, it will double itself in about 35, years. The population problem is very acute
especially so as there is a preponderance of females over males in the child-
bearing group i.e. from 15-45 years of age. In many advanced countries the
prepoAcaerance of population is in the higher age-groups with the result that
the population is fairly constant. In St. V'incent, on the other hand, the pre-
ponderance of population is in the lower age-groups with the result that the
population is increasing very rapidly. The population problem is one of the
major problems of the Colony..
11. Employment: St. Vincent is an agricultural community and employ-
ment is seasonal. The slack period is from July--October. Despite the labour
problem, however, the employment position during the year was much better
than the corresponding period during the last 3 years. This was due to careful
planning and the number of activities undertaken by Government and by private
enterprise during the period. It is intended to undertake Public Works activities,
wherever possible, during) the slack period in order to provide employment at a
time when very little work is available in agriculture. An employment Committee
under the Chairmanship of His Honour, the Administrator, met twice during
the year to consider the employment problem. The Labour Commissioner also
met the Planters Association and appealed to the Members to do their best to
extend their activities in order to provide as much employment as possible.
12. Unemployment: No figures are available to show the extent of unem-
ployment in the Colony as no Labour Exchanges are maintained.
13. Training Schemes: Training is provided by the Public.Works Depart-
ment for .a few mechanics, by the Medical Department for Nurses, Dispensers
and Sanitary Inspectors and by the Education Department for teachers.
14. Domestic Science is taught at the Girls' High School. Thern is a Craft
Centre in Kingstown where Domestic Science and Handcrafts are taught. The
Senior pupils of tfe Kingstown Schools attend at this Centre. There are also
eight Handcraft Centres in different parts of the Country for adults. These
Centres are under the supervision of the Education Department.
15. Wages. -There are 5 Wages Councils as follows:-(1) one for Major
Crops (Sugar and Arrowroot) (2) one for Minor Crops (3) one for Industrial
Workers (4) one for Shop Assistants and' (5) one for Domestic Servants.
16. The Wages of Agricultural 'Workers, Industrial Workers. Domestic
Servants and Shop Assistants were increased, by statute, during the year.

III. INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS.
17. Trade Unions:
(a) The membership of the General Workers' Union at 31. 12. 54 was
not known.
(b) The membership of the United Workers Union at 31. 12. 54 was
not known.
(c) The membership of the Federated Workers' Union at 31. 12. 54
was not known.
(d) The membership of the Teachers' Union at 31. 12. 54 was 250.
(e) The membership of the Civil Service Union at 31. 12. 54 was 120.
18. The Civil Service Association was registered as a Trade Union on the
12th February, 1954. The Association was previously registered as a Friendly
Society.














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19. Labour Advisory Board: The Labour Advisory Board comprise repre-
sentatives of Employers and Employees in equal numbers, along with 3 mem-
bers with special knowledge.- The members represent not sectional interests
but the interests of the Colony as a whole. The Board advise the Govern-
ment on all matters connected with labour in the Colony. The Board met
once during the year.
20. Stoppage of Work: There was dissatisfaction on the part of the cane
cutters of the Mt. Bentinck Estate with the result that for about 3 months
the full labour force was never at work at any one time. This is the third year
that this has happened and efforts are, being made to get Mt. Bentinck to con-
sider the matter seriously.
21. A number of cane fires occurred. About 168 acres were burnt but about
160 acres were reaped.
22. There was dissatisfaction*also on the Richmond Vale Land Settlement
Estate as regards the price paid per basket of arrowroot and the price was
increased from 25t to 30q per basket.

IV. SAFETY, HEALTH AND WELFARE.
23. A Factories Bill is now before the Legislative Council.
24. During the year 40 cases were reported to the Department in connec-
tion with workmen's compensation as against 18 the previous year. This is
apparently because more people are getting to realise that this is one direction
in which they can also be helped by the Department of Labour. The enact-
ment of the Factories Ordinance will also make it more obvious' to more people.
25. First Aid Boxes and Playing Fields are provided by many Estates. In
a few oases the First Aid work is done by the Nives of the Plani.ers. A very
good Playing Field. is now being put down on the Mt. Bentinck Estate.
26. Efforts are being made to get Employers to provide their workers with
more welfare facilities.

V. LIVING CONDITIONS.
27. Efforts are being made to provide people with low-cost houses by means
of Self-Aided Housing Schemes.
28. The majority of articles have been decontrolled.
29. Details of the cost-of-living index figures and the retail prices of some
of the more important items included in the index are given in TabJe 7.
VI. HEALTH.
30. No diseases affecting labour in the Colony presented any great problem
during the year.
31. In addition to the Colonial Hospital in Kingstown, there are 21 rural
dispensaries where regular clinics are held by District Medical Officers.
32. There has been little or no change in the diet of working-class persons.

VII. SOCIOLOGICAL ASPECTS.
33. No workers were recruited during the year. The number of workers
still in the U.S.A. at the 31st December, 1954 was 64. The workers on their return
home from U.S.A. do improve their living conditions.
34. During the year 151 recruited workers who were laid off in Aruba,
returned home. This leaves 305 workers still in Aruba. Five workers also re.
turned from Curacao. This leaves 267 workers still in Curacao.
VIII. SOCIAL SECURITY.
35. There are no social security schemes in St. Vincent. This is not prac-
ticable at the present stage of economic development of -the Colony.
36. There is a Workmen's Compensation Ordinance under which workers
are entitled to compensation for injuries rising out of and in the course of
their employment. Many workers belong to Friendly Societies and Trade
Unions which provide sick and death benefits. The sum of $15,000 was pro-
vided by Government for public assistance during the year.
IX. WOMEN' AND CHILDREN.
37. Legislation exists for the protection of women and children as pro-
vided for in ILO Conventions.
38. The School Age is from 5-15 years. There is no compulsory educa-
tion as this is not practicable at the present time.


















39. An Employment of children (Prohibition) Bill is now before the
Legislative Council. This Bill seeks to raise the minimum age of employment
from 14 years to 15 years.

X. LEGISLATION
40. The following were enacted during the year: -
(1) The Agricultural Workers (Sugar and Arrowroot) Wages Regulation
Order, 1954 (S.R. & 0. No. 1 of 1954). This provided for minimum
remuneration to be paid to all daily-paid workers employed in the 2
major industries-sugar and arrowroot.
(2) The Industrial Workers Wages Regulatipn Order, 1954 (S.R. & 0.
No. 2 of 1954). This provides for minimum remuneration to be paid
to Industrial Workers including holidays with pay.
(3) The Shop Assistants Wages Regulation Order, 1954 (S.R. & 0. No. 11
of 1954). This provides for minimum remuneration to be paid to
Shop Assistants as well as holidays with pay.
(4) The Accidents and Occupational Diseases (Notification) Ordinance
1954 (Ordinance No. 8 of 1954). This corrected certain minor errors
which appeared in the Principal Ordinance No. 24 of 1952.
(5) The Agricultural Workers (Minor Crops) Wages Regulation Order,
1954 (S.R. & 0. No. 34 of 1954). This provides for minimum remunera-
tion to be paid to all daily-paid workers employed in the cultivation
and in the- processing of minor crops.
(6) The Trade Unions and Trade Disputes (Amendment) Ordinance 1954
(Ordinance 'No. 30 of 1954). This provides for (a) provisional regis-
tration (b) political fund and (c) majority of members of Manage-
ment Committee to be workers in the trade or industry
(7) The Public Utility Undertakings and Public Health Seivices Arbitra-
tion (Amendment) Ordinance, 1954 (Ordinance No. 34 of 1954). This
provides for (a) the Public Utility Undertakings and Public Health
Services Arbitration Ordinance No. 4 of 1952 to come into operation
by Proclamation and (b) the main provisions of the Ordinance to be
brought to the notice of the persons conceived.
(8) The Shops (Hours of Opening) (Amendment) Order, 1954 (S.R. & 0.
No. 70 of 1954). This provides for late opening during the month of
December 1954.

XI. MISCELLANEOUS.
41. Mr. Frank Walcott, Chairman of the Caribbean Area Division of ORIT,
visited St. Vincenbt on behalf of the British T.U.C. and had discussions with a
number of people.
42. Mr. C. G. Huggins, Labour Commissioner, attended the Third Annual
General Meeting of ,the Caribbean Tourist Association which was held in Aruba
In May. He also took the opportunity to visit Curacao as well and discussed
labour matters with the Oil Companies and Government Departments in both
Curacao and Aruba.
C. G. HUGGINS,
Labour Commissioner.
Department of Labour,
Kingstown,
St. Vincent,
11th February, 1955.

TABLES.

STATISTICS.

TABLE 1 (a).
Occupational Distribution of' Gainfully-Occupied Population.
Statistics not available.

TABLE 1 (b).
Wage-earners employed in Industries and Services (Estimated).
AGRICULTURE.
Period Males Females Total Remarks
December-May 2,000 3,000 5,000 Peak Period
Jun(.-November 1,250 1,750 3,000 Slack Period
















PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT.


December-May
June-November


(Skilled
Males
500
750


Males
206


and Unskilled
Females
300
450
COMMERCIAL.
Females
115


TABLE 2.
Persons Unemployed.
Statistics are not available.


TABLE 3.
Employment Exchanges.
No Employment Exchanges are maintained and so
available.


stati:.ics are not


TABLE 4.
The Training Scheme in Agriculture was discontinued in 1953.

TABLE 5.
Wage Rates for workers employed in the principal trades, industries
and services.


Industry Rates of Wages

Agricultural Worker Male: 980 per day
Female: 750 .
Industrial Worker Male: $1.20
Female: .96


Workshop, etc.
Mechanic
Printer
Tailor
Shoemaker
Bakery.
Tablehand
Ovenman
Foreman
Construction.
Carpenter
Mason
Painter
Transport.
Taxi-driver
Bus and Truck Driver
Seamen.
Industry

Captain
Mechanic
Mate
Cook
Sailor
Trade and Commerce:


$6.25-$10.00 er .week
$6.00-$10.00 ..
$5.50
$5.40

$4.00-$6.84 per week
$5.00-$9.00 .
$8.40-$8.80 .

$1.50r-$3.00 per day
$1.50-$3.00 ,,
$1.44-$2.16 .,

$20.00-$35.00 per month
$ 9.00-$11.50 per week

Rates of Wages

$50.00-$60.00 per month
40.00- 50.00 .
30.00- 35.00 .,
25.00- 30.00 .,
20.00- 25.00 .,


Normal Hours of wort
per day
8
8
8

8
8
8
8



19
10
8






8
8


10
10

Normal Hon'rs of work
per d1y
10
10
10
10
10


Shop Assistant-Kingstown.
Male-$36.00 per month or $9.00 per week minimum
Female- 30.00 per month or 7.50 per week minimum
Rural Areas.
Male-$34.00 per month or $8.50 per week mininumin
Female-$28.00 per month or $7.00 per week minimum


6-7
6-7

6-7
6-7


Public and Other Services.
(Salaries regraded with retrospective effect aw, from 1. 1. 52 in accordance
with the Hodgen's Report).


Workers).
Total
800
1,200


Crop Time
Out-oi-Crop


Total
321















(1) Government Clerical Service.
Junior Clerk-$744 x $72-960 x $84-$1,632 p.a. 6%
Serior Clerk-$1,680 x $96-$2,256 p.a. 61,
Principal Clerk-$2,304 x $96-$2,784 p.a. 6,
(2) Primary School Teachers,
Certificated Teachers-Selected Grade:
Male: $1.296 x $72-$1,440 x $.'6- -$2,016 p.a. 5
Female: $1,252 x $72-$1,296 x $96--$1,608 p.a. 5
Certificated Teachers-Long Grade:
Male: S912 x $48-$1,296 p.a. 5
Female: $720 x $48-$1,252 p.a. 5
Probationer: $552 p.a. 5
Student Teachers: $432 p.a. 5
Pupil Teachers Grade III $360 p.a. 5
Grade II $312 p.a. 5
Grade I $234 p.a.
Supernumerary $72 'p.a.
Domestic Service.
$ 8.00 per month with meals 10
$15.00 per month without meals 10

TABLE 6.
Actual average 7 eekly earnings of wage-earners.-
Statistics are not available.

TABLE 7.
Cost-of-Living Index Figures for 1954.
Year Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May June July Aug. Selt. Oct. Nov. Dec.
1954 298 298 299 301 299 299 297 293 293 293 293 293
Retail Prices of the more important items included in the Index for
Kingstown, the Grenadines, Windward/Leeward District

KINGSTOWN DISTRICT.
Article Unit of March June Sept. Dec.
Quantity
Bread oz. 14 14 1i 14
Fish, fresh lb. 174 174' 174 171/2
Meat lb. 454 434 434 434
Milk pt. 41/24 4/24 41/20 41/24
Sugar (unrefined) lb. 104 104 104 104
Vegetables lb. 54 54 54- 54
Rice lb. 104 144 144 144
Shirts, working each $3.03 $3.03 $3.03 $2.64
Trousers (denim and yd. 1.96 1.03 .93 .93
khaki)
Shoes, leather iMen) pr. 7.62 7.62 8.15 8.15
Women) pr. 5.00 5.55 5.55 5.55
Charcoal bag 1.92 1.92 1.92 1.92
Cigarettes pk. .18 .18 .18 .18

WINDWARD/LEEWARD.
Article Unit of March June Sept. Dec.
Quantity
Fish, fresh lb. 164 164 164 164
Meat lb. 39c 39c( 394 39W
Sugar (unrefined) lb. 10V/2 10 101/ 101/
Vegetables lb. 41/2 4/ 41/4 4
Rice lb. 144 1442 144 144
Oil, kerosene pt. 100 104 104 104
Soap bar 534 534 534 534
Shoes, leather (Men) pr. $7.62 $7.62 $8.15 $8.51
,Women) pr. 5.00 5.55 5.55 5.55
Cotton, white yd. .570 .574 .574 .574
Denim yd. .880 .88 .88 .88
Khaki Drill yd. $1.03 $1.18 .974 .974
Prints yd. .60 .604 .604 .604















Article

Cassava (Farine)
Corn (Ground)
Fish, fresh
Sugar (unrefined)
Rice
Oil, kerosene
Soap
Shirts, working
Trousers ,
Shoes, leather (women
Prints
Tobacco


1

GRENADINES DISTBICI
Unit of March
Quantity
cup 94
lb 10
lb. 15/
lb. 104
lb. 144
pt. 104
bar 524
each $3.03
yd. .96
pr. .00
yd. .60q
oz. .124


TABLE 8.
Summary of Prosecutions against employers and workers.
Nil.

TABLE 9.
Number of Industrial Accidents.
Total: 40.

TABLE 10.
General Workers' Union. Membership not known. Registered llth Decem-
ber 1945.
United Workers, Peasants & Ratepayers' Union. Membership not known.
Registered llth January 1951.
Federated Industrial .and Agricultural Workers' Union Membership not
known. Registered 12th April 1952.
St. Vincent Teachers' Association. Membership 250. Registered 1st July
1952.
Civil Service Association. Membership 120. Registered 12th February
1954.


TABLE 11.
Industrial Disputes.
Two.


June

94
104
154
104
144
104
524
$3.03
1.03
5.55
.604
.120


Sept.

94
104
154
104
144
104
524
$3.03
1.03
5.55
.604
.124


Dec.

94
104
154
104
144
104
524
$2.64
1.03
5.55
.604
.124




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