The Grenada newsletter

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The Grenada newsletter
Place of Publication:
St. George's, Grenada, West Indies
A. & C. Hughes
Publication Date:
Twenty no. a year
completely irregular
Physical Description:
v. : ill. ; 36 cm.


Subjects / Keywords:
Periodicals -- Grenada ( lcsh )
Politics and government -- Periodicals -- Grenada ( lcsh )
Economic conditions -- Periodicals -- Grenada ( lcsh )
Social conditions -- Periodicals -- Grenada ( lcsh )
newspaper ( sobekcm )
newspaper ( marcgt )
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Dates or Sequential Designation:
Began in 1973.
General Note:
Description based on surrogate of: Vol. 11, no. 1 (Jan. 22, 1983); title from caption.

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Alister Hugies 19th December 1974
P. 0. Box 65
St. George's

Please set Westindian' as one word wherever so shown

Newsletter for publication in week ending December 21st 1974


Mr Oilfred Julien, Managing Director of Tempe Manufacturing

Company, said this week that the company would be forced to close

down unless more copra was made available to the factory soon.

The Tempe Hanufacturing Co, which was established in 1941, is the

island's sole producer of refined coconut oil, coconut meal and

washing soap, but, because of declining supplies of copra, its

operations have been curtailed considerably.

"We used to produce 200 drums of refined coconut oil every month",

said Mr Julien, "but all we can manage now is 50. It takes us

three to four weeks to accumulate enough copra to operate the

grinder for three days, and, as a result, we have heavy

production losses. The Company's shareholders and employees

forsao a disastrous future".

During the past few months, 6 employees have been kept permanently

on the payroll to do essential maintenance and to buy, receive

and store copra. Then, when sufficient copra has been

accumulated, the staff is increased to 30 for about a week when

the factory goes into operation until the raw material is


Mr Julien said that the factory will close on December 20th, and

reopen in January. However, unless a better supply of copra

is assured, there would have to be serious consideration of the

situation if the Company is to remain open to business.

Alister Hunyhes

Sheet 2

Weeklyl Nwslett er


As to causes of the shortage of copra, Mr Julien pointed out

that praedial larceny was on the increase and he thought that,

in spits of the ban on exports of coconuts, large quantities were

being exported illegally to Trinidad. In addition, because

of depressed local economic conditions, Mr Julien thought that

considerable quantities of coconuts were being used to produce

unrefined home made coconut oil.

The whole industry, Mr Julien said, was in peril because the

average Grenadian planter had never thought it necessary to give

his coconut trees the same attention he would to cocoa, bananas

and nutmegs. The result was that yields were declining.

In addition, Pad Hing disease was killing a lot of trees and

plantations were now being subject to a mite infection which was

thought to be new to the Caribbean and which was now being

investigated in Jamaica.

A possible solution to the manufacture of edible oil in Grenada

is the production of cotton seed oil, but this will not solve

the currant problems of Tempe Manufacturing Co. Some months

ago, an adaption was made to the grinders of the factory in

order to handle cotton seed which is available from Grenada's

islucnd dependency of Carriacou.

"We produced a good oil', said Ir. Julien, "but it is not as

clear as our refined coconut oil, and the public did not accept

it. Nesaarch is continuing and we hope that success will give

Carriacou an outlet for its now unused cotton seed, and at the

same timu solve the problem of keeping our factory in operation'.

(477 words)


Alister Hugjhes

Sheet 3

We akl_ News1lette r

Negotiations for a new Agreement between the Shipping Agents

and the Seamen & Waterfront Workers Union have broken down, and

the matter has been referred to the Labour Commissioner in an

effort to break the deadlock.

The present Agreement expires on January 9th, and, some two

months ago, the Shipping Agents submitted proposals to the Union

for a naw three--year Agreement, Counter proposals were then

put in by the Union, but, after several meetings, little headway

was mrndeand, by letter dated December llth, the Shipping Agents

informed the Union that the matter was being referred to the

Labour Commissioner.

The principal point on which a deadlock exists is that of wages.

The Union wants an immediate increase of 40'/ in the first year,

15;.. in the second, and 10% in the third year. The Shipping

Agents, however, are not prepared to make any wacji increase in

the first year. For the second year they offer 10%o, and

for the third, 5%.

Sources close to the Shipping Agents point out that, under the

current Agreement, Union workers received a 5/, increase in

January last plus a 25% cost of living allowance just five

months ago. In the face of this, these sources say the

present Union demands are unrealistic and so far removed from

what the Shipping Agents have offered that it is essential to

bring in the Labour Commissioner in order to have some chance

of reaching a compromise.

Alister Huches

Sheet 4


However, Senator Eric Pierre, Secretary General of the Union,

said this week that he was not satisfied that negotiations

between the Union and the Shipping Agents had been exhaustive

enough to require the services of the Labour Commissioner at

this stage.

(281 words)

On the night of Saturday 14th, a fire completely destroyed the

garment and mattress making factory of Messrs. Grenada Industries

Ltd. in the Grand Anse area, leaving some 60 employees jobless.

Grenada Industries Ltd. was established in July last year by

three Trinidadian businessmen, Messrs. Habib Hadeed, Assad Elbawi

and Edmond Karkour. At that time, they purchased for

5462,224.00 ('C) the assets of the locally established firm of

Hessrs. Grenada Manufacturing Co, which had been set up by

Grenadian entrepeneur, Senator D. i-l. B. Cromwell.

Following the fire, Mr Hadeed said losses were estimated at

(CC) $300,000.00 for the building, a further .300,000.00 (EC)

for equipment and EC 50,000.00 in manufactured stock awaiting


Origin of the fire is unknown.

(112 words)

Alister Hughes

19th December, 1974

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