Group Title: Struggle (Kingston, Jamaica)
Title: Struggle
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Title: Struggle official organ of the Workers Liberation League
Uniform Title: Struggle (Kingston, Jamaica)
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 41 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Workers' Liberation League (Jamaica)
Workers' Liberation League (Jamaica)
Workers Party of Jamaica
Publisher: The League
Place of Publication: Kingston
Publication Date: August 25, 1977
Frequency: bimonthly[mar.-apr. 1986-]
biweekly[ former -july 13, 1984]
monthly[ former aug. 1984-feb. 1986]
Subject: Labor movement -- Periodicals -- Jamaica   ( lcsh )
Politics and government -- Periodicals -- Jamaica   ( lcsh )
Genre: periodical   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage: Jamaica
Abstract: Struggle was published first as a mimeographed newsletter in 1974 when the Workers Liberation League was formed. It was edited by Rupert Lewis and he continued as editor when Struggle became the organ of the Workers Party of Jamaica in 1978. In the 1980s editors included Elean Thomas, Elaine Wallace and Ben Brodie. The Workers Liberation League grew out of the political initiative of academics - Trevor Munroe, Rupert Lewis as well as Don Robotham, Derek Gordon who studied in the University of Chicago in the early 1970s and were connected to activists in the Black Panther Movement and African-American radicals in the Communist Party of the United States. The latter group formed the Paul Bogle League which brought together academics, working class and community activists who read and discussed Karl Marx’s Capital and Lenin’s political writings and sought to build on Jamaica’s radical traditions in the trade union movement and in the People’s National Party from the 1930s to the 1960s. The Paul Bogle League was also involved with the formation of the University and Allied Workers Union in the early 1970s and worked with the Independent Trade Union Action Council. Politically the Workers Liberation League gave critical support to Michael Manley’s democratic socialist program in the 1970s.
Issuing Body: Vols. for -1978 issued by Workers' Liberation League; 1979- by Workers' Party of Jamaica.
General Note: Description based on surrogate of: Issue no. 28 (June 16, 1977); title from caption.
General Note: Latest issue consulted: Apr.-May 1986 (surrogate).
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Volume ID: VID00033
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Issue No 33



Editorial Gleaner

THE GLEANER is once again building up a its full constitutional period. Since
campaign of incitement against the gove- he doubts the JLP's "courage" to resist
rnment. In December they backed the big the Frogressive changes, he predicts a
man, but when Manley won an overwhelming fascist government "to fill the confu-
victory they changed tactics and preten- sion" as he puts it.
ded to support the government. Another writer, Wilmot Perkins, goes
Within a month after December they even further, prophesying a situation
took off that mask and began stirring up "in which an army, persevering and res-
panic with a relentless campaign about pecting its own discipline and coherence
lay-offs and closures of factories. might lose all respect for a government
After Manley back-pedalled in April, that is chaotic and seems to be promot-
the Gleaner again made a big pretence of ing confusion; and might if nothing el-
unity and patriotism, se, find it impossible to come to its

But now, sensing a weakness within
the government, these die-hard capital-
ists at the Gleaner are trying to use
the discontent with the shortages to
whip up mass hysteria and get the people
to demonstrate against the government
with the hope of toppling it. Their co-
lumnists are working overtime spreading
confusion and doubt amongst the working
people, preparing their minds for just
this event.
Columnist John Hearne, the imperial-
ists' hand-chosen successor to Morris
Cargill, is drumming it into his readers
that the only question now is how much
longer the present government can surv-
ive. None of the dates he comes up with
-six months, one year, year and a half
- asA that the government will last

support in a moment of crisis". (Sunday
Gleaner, August 21)
The Gleaner uses the rights of free
speech" to incite the army and the fasc-
ist elements against the government and
the left. But capitalists like Ashenhe-
im and Oliver Clarke who own and run the
Gleaner think nothing of suppressing the
progressive views of their own reporters
and working journalists or throwing the-
ir own workers out of work. For these
people it is only the capitalists who
should have rights.
But we want to ask: what about the
people's rights? Are they to be trampl-
ed into the mud as they were in Chile,
with the connivance of a handful of pow-
erful newspaper owners?

*Seprod workers expose capitalist

* API-JBC TV show goods piled high
at Seprod
* WLL warns against price increases
* Government bows to Seprod
* Women demonstrate against
capitalist hoarding

WLL calls mass meeting
this Sat. (Aug. 27), 7.00 p.m.
YWCA. Arnold Road, Kgn.
Listen to WLL broadcasts,
JBC Raaio, this Sun. (Aug. 28),
1.00 p.m.
SRJR, Sun. Sept. 4, 3.00 p.m.

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Nutrition Products Ltd.


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i-nei a positive re- Some of the que- workers and their
. CECIL SEIVRIGHT, -he workers' choice, before such an app port afterwards, stions the workers union?
s been appointed general manager of ointment was made. On July 19 at asked were: It is true to
trition Products Ltd from August i, 3.00 pm, three can- What is your in- say that these wol
77. His appointment was a result of This request by didates were to be terest why you app- kers are much more
e vigilant and untiring efforts of the the NPL workers is interviewed by the lied for the job? advanced in worker
rkers and their Board representatives the first such re- workforce. However, What is your participation than
build worker democracy and their app- quest made by any
val of Mr Seivright's qualifications workforce in the
d ability, history of the tra- i

On June 30, 1977 of the co-manager-
the workers employ- ship resulting in
ed at Nutrition poor management of
Products Limited, the entire program-
Marcus Garvey Drive, me.
Kingston, and repr-
esented by the Uni- They asked the
versity and Allied unon officers to
Workers Union help them stamp out
(UAWU), asked the all acts of sabota-
union officers to ge and called for
attend an urgent the appointment of
mass meeting of the a general manager.
plant. This call was
not call for just
At the meeting a general manager
the over 125 UAWU from anywhere, or
members reported anyone.
renewed acts of sa- The workers'dem-

de union movement
in Jamaica.

Conditions wors-
ened as the manage-
ment failed to meet
with union delegat-
es and officers to

discuss and settle
major workers' gri-

evances. The call
for the appointment
of a general manag-
er, to be intervie-
wed by the workers
was again made at a
meeting held on
July 7. The work-
ers demanded that
their Board repres-

WORKERS at Nutrition Products Ltd. packaging milk for the
school feeding progrcame.

botage of the scho- and was that the entatives carry at the last moment plan for expansion their counterpart
ol-feeding program- over 125 workers forward their view one said he could of the school feed- in many plants. B
me. They spoke out interview all pros- at the next Board not attend, after ing programme? they have learnt
about the failings pective candidates meeting and give the meeting had be- How do you inte- from experience not
en rescheduled for nd to maintain the to trust anyone
W r e s u p p r t his convenience. smooth running of with-sweet words
W workers support The other dropped the plant? e.g. re- and beautiful prom-
out of the running. pair of machines, ises.
being directed at T s adequate spare par- This was their
the people cnd tho- This left only one adequate spare par- This was their
the people and tho- candidate, Mr C. ts, proper mainten- experience with the
se who work for the Seivright, produc- ance? previous general
people's cause. The ion manager and Do you think you manager who was
statement outlined co-manager, who has can coan the forced to leave on
THE WORKERS at the repeated attacks on the democratic act- c working in the respect of your em- the petition of
Ministry of Nation- the Ministry and on ivities and achiev- been working in the r espect of your em- the petition ofbe-
al Mobilization ha- Duncan by the events of the Mobi- plant for some time. ployees? er 90 workers beca-
al Mobilization ha- Dr Duncan by the ements of the Mobi- How do you see use of mismanage-
ve issued a state- pro-imperialist lization Ministry The workers were the political imp- ment of the plant
ment in defence of ;leaner and its under the direction guided by their Bo- ortance of such a to the point of po-
the Ministry and agents John Hearne of Dr Duncan, and ard representatives programme and are ssible closure.
Minister Dr D.K. and others. .pointed to the ove- and union officers you committed to Fellow workers, fi'
Duncan. The Ministry rwhelming positive in the qualities the upliftment of allow te NPL exaip
The statement workers say the at- respons- to these they should look poor people? le, s t e to ha-
came in the wake of tacks were in fact (Cont'd on Page 4) for in a good gene- How do you inte- COnll Poge 3
ral manager. nd to treat the m
ers just want to sit back and make the for a freeze on all prices and to pLev-
Smilitant set do the fighting. The mili- ent the devaluation of the Jamaican dol-
tant workers will have to organise and lar any more. We have to fight the big
O E WS even force the free riders to be prepar- man in the factory and the supermarket
ed to struggle for increased wages. who are hiding the things from poor peo-
The workers have to be prepared to ple. If we are not prepared to fight
take militant action to get more wages for these things it don't make any sense
Sto keep up with and pass the cost of li- for us to complain. Talking alone can't
; ^ ,- :-rvinq. help.
EVERY worker is now saying that they ca- The capitalist will not give workers The militant workers must begin to
nnot continue living on the wages they any increase without a struggle. The organise petitions at the workplace, ev-
are now receiving. The workers are cor- capitalists are also organising for the- en if is only 10 workers, and send these
rect. The cost of living has gotten out mselves. They are hoarding things, cau- to the newspaper and the government cal-
of control and even when we have money sing shortages and demanding that the ling on Manley to stop taking the fool-
we cannot get anything to buy since al- government give them price increases, to ish advice from the big man and freeze
most everything is short. Things can't fatte .theirprofits. Theq*errent all prices immediately. Call on govern
be any worse for the working class and to meant toa "). and soldiers to
poor people. tg small pe raid the supermaraets- a ki arehouses foa
The reason for this is bBcause the in power, goods that arre-being hoarded.
government, including Prime Minister CAN WAGES BEAT COST OF LIVING? The militant workers must organise
Manley, is bowing to the big man's ad- We must fight for more money yes, but lunch tire discussions among the most
vice and is falling into their trap. we must know that to fight for m9^ mon- serious workers and invite WLL and other
There will be more price increases, say ey alone is not enough. Wages can never progressive people to reason with these
capitalist Ministers Coore and Danny 'beat the cost of living, so prices will workers cn how t fight to make their
Williams. always go up, things will always be wage increases ale to buy the things'
UIUT WILL THE POOR WORKING PEOPLE DO? short even after we get more money. We that the workers not only need but waste
More money is the cry of the workers, have to realize tat we will also, in-
some are willing to fight for this; oth- addition to more money, have to fight inom* nnn...ii. .....**mim*m*ema.gul

i|muu neim"n"eminm1mm uuuun|mm.mmon.. Political Bureau of the Central Committ-
l60th anniversary liee of the Workers Liberation League sees From OUr
@it as necessary: i u
S1. To develop a programme of internal
SOCTO BER political education for all members of
Athe WLL designed to bring out the histo-th in
C A L ISu ric significance of the Great October
L ISocialist Revolution to the progress of
REVOLUTION the Jamaican people and all mankind. Int
7 7 e also doing to require all comrades to car-o C u ba
NOVEMBER 7 1977, is the 60th iversa ry out educational work around this sub- Dear Comraae Editor,
ry of the Great October Socialist Revol- ject in the mass organisations of the Kindly grant us space in your progre-
ution and the bi of the Soviet state, workers, students, youth, women, middle ssive newspaper to express our views on
ThS anniversary is the most important strata, etc. the social life in Cuba as we are able
date in the calendar of communists, soc- 2. To implement a programme of public to see it as a result of the diplomatic
ialists, revolutionaries and progressive celebrations using League publications, links established between Jamaica and
mankind the world over. The workers and appropriate films, exhibits on life, cu- Cuba
peasants revolution led by Lenin in Oct- Iture and science in the Soviet Union, mirstly, we would like to state that
ober 1917 not only brought to a climax seminars and mass rallies to raise the we realize that many people were against
the age-long fight of the Russian people people's understanding and combat anti- these links being established but, dur-
against oppression but also proved that communism and anti-Sovietism. ing the last nine months we have come to
the struggles of all oppressed peoples 3. To bring out in the course of pol- realize that many of the stories against
can only end with the destruction of im- itical education, agitation, mobilisati- Ca were just plain capitalist propag-
perialism and capitalism and the coming on and celebration (a) the role of the anda. We would like all Jamaica to know
to power of the working people. Since Great October Socialist Revolution in that Cuba is not-as the capitalist would
1917 the struggles and sacrifices of the the progress of mankind and particularly like to portray it.
Soviet people to beat down counter-revo- in national liberation struggles against Cuban society is highly organized and
lution, defeat fascism and help the peo- imperialism; (b) the reactionary nature disciplined. The state is run by the
ples of the world in their fight against of "two super-powers" theory; (c) the people themselves and not by a minority
every form of exploitation has not only necessity for the development of the over a majority as happens in a capital-
fulfilled the ideas of Marx and Engels closest ties between the Jamaican gover- ist state and is called "democracy".
but also made the Soviet Union the main nment and people and the Soviet govern- tate administration comes from the base
force in the struggle against reaction ment and people in order to make our from where the candidates are selected
and for progress the world over. country genuinely independent and to by an Executive Committee. There are no
To honour the 60th anniversary of the carry forward the struggle against impe- campaigns as we know them in Jamaica.
Great October Socialist Revolution, the rialism The candidates for each constituency are
Sdselected and their pictures are taken
and put in convenient places along with
Se p ro d biography so that the people will
Have a true picture of their candidates.
FOR OVER 2 months On election day, the people go to the
the working people polls with a clear idea of who they are
all over Jamaica going to vote for. No policing is nece-
could not get cook- ssary and the ballot boxes are manned by
ing oil, bathing pioneers. These pioneers are between
soap, washing soap, six and fourteen years of age.
detergents, cornme- After the elections, the elected can-
al and many other didates, who perform almost the same
items. tasks as their Jamaican counterparts,
Yet it was found have to meet with their people every two
that Seprod's ware- 0 months and meet their material needs.
houses were piled If he fails to perform properly, the
high with these go- people have the right to vote him out of
ods. The manageme- office immediately. At this point, it
nt was exposed by /is worthwhile to know that, in Cuba, the
the Seprod workers /state apparatus is a different and sep-
and API/JBC TV. arate Organisation from the political
Seprod is owned party.
by the Coconut Ind- Cuba's rapid development can be seen
ustry Board which everywhere and it is interesting to note
is in turn control- that there is no sprawling metropolis
led by the big co- while the country areas are left out.
conut-growers. Anything which can be obtained in one
Bowing to capit- province can be obtained in another.
alist pressure, go- Education plays one of the most imp-
vernment last week ortant roles in this society and every
granted Seprod the child and worker goes to school. Educa-
price increase they tion to any level is free and illiteracy
were hoarding f6r. is practically non-existent. For the
And the Committ- students who go to boarding school dur-
ee of Women for Pr- Ving the week, adequate transportation is
ogress (CWP) demon- provided to and from. Vocational skills
strayed in front of are not left out and so every child has
Seprod last week, the opportunity to develop his skills to
demanding that gov- %the fullest. And, after leaving school,
ernment lock up the Oeveryone is assured a job; there is no
hoarders and free unemployment rate in Cuba.
up the goods. Housing and health care are also im-
portant to their life. Housing is still
a problem but rapid progress is being
ma~ide -li- ths -aia. Health care is, -free
and the price of medicines i *tption-
ally cie

Participation ( from Page 2)
ve a say in the ap- and progressive ch-
pointment of future ange towards progr-
management, to ens- essO
ure constructive

; C &TDdOay tha-t -e upitilats at err^" like 2 I eH W OrK e
* wot.her capitalists re holdi the ov.r-
flf'nment and the people to ransom, demandi-
.. 6 "rng an increase in these basic items that i

. Every Jamaican saw on the night of StruggIIng
U.Srn E EU Auoust 18 on TV that all the-food items
4as1ud9-5- wn"sr.t sme which are now short are produced in abu- A tihn li:.ur for tre
with, Industry and commerce Minister -y e the a -nolos-
Vivian Blake was advised by his doctors ndance with great concern by the workers work- en, but tr e assoc-
to resign and rest. His successor is at Seprod to save fellow working people e at the atinl ation representing
bright boy Danny Williams, former Life and their children from starving. *hest Clinic and the ies ins
of Jamaica director, who on the 10th of Only to see those essential items the .overnment Med- sted at the start
this month oave a nation-wide broadcast packed away in a storeroom, while super- .al Laboratort in that they would not
on shortages of basic food items. markets and shoes keeo empty, children &_instcn last wek pay nore than 10
Minister Williams in his presentation crying for hunger, mothers' faces stric- staged a deonstra- increase on the 75
gave a capitalist solution to this nati- ken th f tratontion protesting the the guards are ear-
on-wide problem which is on the minds of Now Minister Williams has backed up Every bad conditions ning
the masses. The Minister blamed the wo- his position by making big talk about at their place of Afte the first
rkers for asking for increased wages at world inflation, not producing as much Ework. strike, the company
Seprod which is the major producer of to eat. Who are the people in the gov- The technologis- agreed to pay only
items which are short and has put back- ernment who are against the poor peasan- 10 t gi more, but the
ward excuses for these shortages. He ts taking over the land from the few represented by workers have again
nave reasons like world inflation, more landlords and produce for the nation? E carried pla- militantly rejected
local mcuths to feed, and that we don't Have any rightwing Ministers in govern- t poitbing ut this, standing by
produce enough yam, banana, cabbage and ment come out against the massive lay- th Ul the demands of the-
sc on. He also said that the present offs of workers, the cutting of produc- oing their offi- ir unions for no
situation is the nation's fault. tion, of the economy and of working peo- ce was condemned less than $1.25.
Items such as oil, soap, detergent, ple's standard of living by a few capi- over 20 years ago. While the strike
cornmeal and margarine are short because talists? The building and continues, the man-
seprod, the company which makes them, is It must also be pointed out that the fac'ilit es are ma- agement is to meet
awaiting an increase on these items. government has shares in Seprod. We in '2y, any ties wor- the unions at the
Prices Commission has no alternative the WLL are calling on the government to mse n 'ow. V. staff Ministry of Labour
but to uranrt this increase, says the take Seprod out of the hands of the cap- arote tIh 1ia- this week.
Minister. le went or, tc say that this italists now and put it in the hands of -ul k t q p n-e In another conti-
ust be done to keey the company alive, the people for the interest of the peo- garage is nuing strugle, the
s done kee te company alive, disposed and also
to enable fullscale production and the ple. Again we call on the government to naby re specime- Board of Enquiry
continued employment of the workers, take over the importation of basic food ns frot the human set up at the Glea-
These are some of the things the wor- items and all local factories which pro- body sent into the ner is expected to
king people have to say in relation to duce these essential goods that th -at- b or t in subit its report
these anti-poor people statements: ion needs. A law must be brought s. ag- Elb for testing to the Minister of
ainst the capitalists who act like the from rural hospita- th
"A wey this ya Danny Williams spring Seprod management. ls and the KPH. The our tis week.
fror overnight as Minister?" "A hoo ..e also call on the government not to lace is nfested at dispute suro-
vot fo hai" "A wey him a talk broat and rca- ur.ds the layoff of
vote fi him?" "A wey him a talk bout bow to any more pressure from imperial- eby at and rcah- Gleaner workers
price increase fi capitalist, when the isr and local big man. The progressive es, and bctn the represented by the
Prime Minister two months ago tell we forces in and outside the government and nale a F le BIT'U and the UJAE.
that none if the main things that we among the masses must prepare to go in ath 0rcors are in a GOV'EP_-IENT WORKERS
need to eat and use not going raise, so the streets against any price increase, ate ri le condition. At the Airports
a wey hi' a talk bcut? Him bigger than We should not sit back and make the rea- T The workers' de- Authority, discus-
t he a'io ntal b T i monstration to hig- dic l
the irine Ministen The man is just ctionary forces use the people against otra siots began last
chatting pure nonsense temselelight these o week n claims by
hUNCAN \^ .Beros gaiLned ..o.e r-
UN AN ls gained soe reb the workers for th-
Sul"as the"lab ir full and perma-
(cont'd from Page 3) o it the sa- ewr full and perma-
activities by the da the Par nent employment by
broad masses. \ .. Sces the Autb'ty and
bDuring tshe sweek, n'- liamentary Secreta- for the temination
the PNP Youth Orgaek- ry in the Ministry of their secondment.
nisation and membe- of Health, Dr Wins- The workers are re-
of Dton Davidson. He
Eas Cof Duncans agreed with all the NWU and BITU. The
drew constituency workers and a discussions started

FROM OUR READERS B dbr e tan fi
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The ditor, d exloited in rates s and joain forcesgor- further me- s te last we

VEir the past 7 the orst rs y of the working insttruggling for a etings to deal with for wage increases
rs I have been a My construct- class is dsorgani- total eradication the many complaints of a inge ene
construction work- n workers are not saton which gives of capitalism fi-
r, orkng n in- su rated trade the ruling class a ght lay offs, stru- SECURITY GUARDS workers. The ne-
FR O M ad n and hose better opportunity ggle to improve our And security tions are betwe

the rural parishes, who are the unions to own and control working conditions, iuards all over the en government and
i have particatea operate in the in- all the means of straggle against country went on st- six trade uionast we
in te tuildina f rest of the : n- p roductio est and e- c r victimisation strc-rike on sg uday the tNW, the BITq
schools, factors, tent. worst is rms. a of the working in suggle for bettefor m eugus 21, fdeo tth he f Wn J

housing settlements, reasons like these les for the work- wages. This is eheasecond time in 3 GO and JUPOPE. T
etc., an have bn tha t the construct- ig classes only way we dicatn up the many demanding talns started ofi
experience that I tn worker is the Manno o us saion w h gives f standard hourly rates withfor all government
have gathered con- uost dsorgaised, that nothing class a gh livingay offs, ru- SECURIT GUARDS workers The neit
struction workers, .the ost unstalose e t ter opportunity ggle to improve reur And, securinted by not beions ae betwe-
like all other wr- and has to nee t own- situation. This is Proletarian these all over the en government ase
i 'nave partic-pate- eoprate ir, ti e in- all the negns of struggle against Ecountry went on st- six trade unions,

king-class peoples ndering arcud like not so. Construe- and the TUC. being sought by the
both employed and a lost Oshee, when- production workers have ictisation, he three undaionsy t u tbease
unemloyedt, are be- ever he has been to follow the exam st 2 or te the negoti- over nt finaci
ing used, victimits- kicked out of a job. ples of othe work- ataons asking for al problems .
Pnnetc., an frfom the ot the constr c- iCarn lass only way Te can upadwe demandingsto 10
expernierce thst I ti n worker is th. Many or us say lift our standard Ebetter hourly rates with government
hav' gathered, cor- .cst cisorgtearise that nothing can of living. aof pay. The guards stating that it mig
struction worktrs, he rest r.stahle be none to help the Eare represented by not be able to gtar
like all otuer wor- and ha to e a station. This is Proletarian Ethe SITU, the NWU nt the increases
king-class peoples sderimi arcorn l w not so. Construe- Eand the TUC. being sought by t1W
both employed and a los1t heep, woes- tion workers have ( I The three unions unions, because of
unemployed, are be- ever he has been to follow the exam- started the negoti- government financi-
ing used, victimis- kicked out of a job. ples of other work- ations asking for al problems@
Pnnted by CEfan-uecaoJomF-C- of J-- Lid-r5p Hauf Way Tee Road. K~lfqtoe 10.

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