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The Grenada newsletter
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A. & C. Hughes
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v. : ill. ; 36 cm.


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Alister Hughes
P 0 Box 65

8th August 1975

For Week. Ending Auaust.9th 1975
In a national broadcast over Radio Grenada on August 6th,
Prime Minister Gairy accused the Grenada National Party
(GNP) and the New Jewel Movement (NJM) of killing Grenada's

economy. Mr Gairy said the "wickedness" of NJM had

touched even the students at the University of the West

Indies who were being told not to return until Grenada's
indebtedness to UWI had been paid. "For the sake of our

students", Mr Gairy said, "we shall try to raise the

necessary funds."

Grenada's indebtedness to UWI now stands at EC$1,033,285.00

over the period 1969 to 1975.

In an attack on Mr Herbert Blaize, Leader of the Opposition
and Representative for the constituency of Carriacou, the

Prime Minister said the people of Carriacou have "begun to

see that Mr Blaize can no longer help them." "In fact",

Mr Gairy continued, "he is not even trying."

Issuing a warning to Mr Eric Pierre, Secretary of the Seamen
and Waterfront Workers Union, Prime Minister Gairy said that,

two weeks ago, he had had discussions in Miami with Mr Thomas
Gleason, Head of the International Longshoremen's Association,
and with Mr Charles Blyth, Chairman of the International
Transport Federation. As a result of these talks, said

Mr Gairy, neither of these Union Bosses will support any of
Mr Pierre's "political or nonindustrial" strikes again.

Mr Gairy said that Messrs Gleason and Blyth had supported the
shutdown of St.Georges port during the crisis because cables

and letters from Mr Eric Pierre had given the impression
that, "I, Eric Matthew Gairy was Papa Doc. Well, well,

that's too bad for Mr Pierre because the International

Union Bosses loved me at first sight."

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Alister Hughes
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The Prime Minister said Grenada's independence was within

God's plan, and, "God selected me to lead Grenada and its

people, and no man on earth nor groups of men could have
stopped Grenada from attaining independence or prevented
me from carrying out my divine assignment."
(317 words)

An industrial dispute which resulted in a strike at the

Power Station of Grenada Electricity Services (GEC) was

settled following a meeting held at the Prime Minister's

residence with representatives of GES and the Technical
& Allied Workers Union (TAWU),

This matter goes back to October 1973 when the Union
submitted proposals for a new Agreement, but, according

to Mr Curtis Stewart, President of TAWU, there were no
negotiations until January 1975 because the Union was

engaged in other negotiations with the Company concerning
retrenchment of workers and other matters.

The Union's demand was for a 55% wage increase over three

years beginning 1975, with a 15Y cost-of-living allowance

for 1974. Negotiations under the chairmaneh;t of the
Labour Commissioner broke down on July 6th when the Company

would offer no more than an increase of 13% in 1975 and 5%
in each of the years 1976 and 1977.

Private talks by the Labour Commissioner with both parties
achieved nothing, and on Wednesday July 30th, there was a
"wildcat" strike at the Power Station. Union officials

induced workers to resume work when the Manager of GES,

Mr Richard Broomfield, undertook to go to the Company's

headquarters in Barbados to get a "new mandate".

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On his return, however, he could offer no more than a 2o

increase on the 1975 figure, and, in protest, workers

walked off their jobs on August 6th. Prime Minister Gairy

then intervened, and, following the meeting at'his residence,

agreement was reached on a 257 wage increase from January lst

1975, and 10/o increase in 1976 and 1977. These figures will
be subject to review following the Report of a Commission of

Inquiry set up by Government earlier this year to review

the working of GES.

Members of that Commission are Mr Edwin Heyliger, retired

Puisne Judge of the Associated States (Chairman), Mr Willie

Rapier, Chartered Accountant, and Dr K S Julien, Professor and

Head of the Department of Electrical Engeneering at the

St.Augustine Campus of the University of the West Indies.
(334 words)
In an exclusive interview with NEWSLETTER today (8th), Mr D M B

Cromwell, Managing Director of the Board of Management of the

"Torchlight" newspaper, said he was concerned over Government's

delay in effecting promised changes to the Newspaper (Amendment)

Act No 9 of 1975.

Mr Cromwell said he had nothing in writing, but Prime Minister

Gairy had given his verbal undertaking that the law would be

changed to permit newspapers to effect insurance against libel

charges instead of (as the law nor requires) making a cash

deposit of EC$20,000.00 with the Accountant General.
Mr Cromwell said his Company could not find the large sum

required as a deposit, and the "Torchlight" has not been
published since Wednesday 9th July.

"In view of the urgent necessity to preserve Freedom of the

Press", said Mr Cromwell, "the promised changes to the law

should have had Government's highest priority, and I look with

grave concern at the continuing delay."

Alister Hughes
Page 4
Meanwhile, there have been no further confrontations between

Police and vendors of the "Jewel" newspaper, official organ

of the New Jewel Movement. In the weeks ending 12th, 19th

and 26th July, and especially those of 12th and 19th, vendors
flouted the law openly in the presence of Police and Defence
Force, among these vendors being some of the Movement's

leaders including Mr Unison Whiteman, Joint Coordinating

Secretary and Mr Selwin Strachan, Publications Secretary.

Both these men were among those arrested.

In the weeks ending 2nd and 9th August, however, while there

is evidence that "Jewel" is still being sold, this action is

not being taken openly.
(254 words)
According to the National Honours & Awards Act, No 12 of 1975,

approved by Governor General Sir Leo DeGale on July 28th and

circulated with the Government Gazette of August 1st, the

official Honour of Grenada is the "Order of the Cross", and

it "shall rank above any other honour or award conferred by

other power, authority or nation."

The Act says that "The Order of the Cross will be conferred

on those nationals, institutions, foreign institutions and

persons recommended by the Grand Council of the Order of the

Cross and approved by the Grand Master." And, -it is

stipulated in the Act that, "Dr Eric Matthew Gairy, Prime

Minister of Grenada, shall during his entire lifetime be
the Grand Master of the Order of the Cross and Chairman of

the Grand Council."

The Governor General shall appoint six persons to form the

Grand Council. The term of office of these persons shall

be two years, unless they resign or their office is declared

vacant by the Grand Master.

Alister Hughes
Page 5

The Order of the Cross, which may also be called "The National
Order of the Grand Cross of Grenada", is divided into seven.

categories. In descending order of precedence, these are

the Grand Collar (in Gold), Grand Commander COoss, Grand

Officer Cross, Grand Cross, Commander Cross, Officer Cross and

National Cross.

The Order of the Cross is to be administered by the Ministry of

Foreign Affairs through its Permanent Secretary, and the names

of persons on whom honours or award are conferred shall be

announced on February 7th in each year and published in the

Government Gazette.
(264 words)
Mr Lloyd Noel, Legal Secretary of the New Jewel Movement (NJM),

told NEWSLETTER today (8th) his organisation was concerned that

no advice had been received from the Police relative to warrants

for the arrest of Prime Minister Gairy and three other persons

for conspiring to commit previous bodily harm.

On August 1st, Mr Desmond Christian, Attorney General, made the

public statement that, on July 22nd, he had advised the
Commissioner of Police, Mr J Usen, on the legality of the

warrants, and Mr Noel said there had been ample time now for

some action. "Whether Mr Christian found the warrants legal

or not", said Mr Noel, "Commissioner Usen cannot continue to

ignore their existence, and we shall be writing him early next

week requesting a statement on his official position in this

Mr Noel said the Commissioner would also be written in

connection with the beating, on July 18th, by the Defence Force

of Mr Kenrick Radix, a prominent member of NJM, Mr Noel said

that, four days after the assault on Mr Radix, Commissioner Usen

had given his undertaking that the beating would be investigated

but, to date, nothing more had been heard. "On the other

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hand", commented Mr Noel, "one cannot help neicing that, when

two policemen received bullet wounds in a shoot-out on August

2nd, an intensive Police investigation led to arrests within

48 hours. The attackers of Kenrick Radix are known to the

Police and no less enthusiasm should be shown in bringing them

to justice.
(240 words)
In a printed Statement circulated this week, the Committee of

Elders of St.Andrew's Scots Kirk have appealed to Grenadians
"to assert their rights and rise to responsible civic action

rather then acquiesce to conditions of State that require

urgent attention".

The Statement expressed the opinion that certain laws passed

by the Grenada Government "are, in essence, suppressive, and

the Government that is prepared to pass such laws must expect

waves of restlessness and rebellion to sweep the country,"

The Elders also said, "...we believe it is our duty to observe

that the laws of the land appear to be enforced against some
citizens and not against others. No one is above the law.

When those who are in authority are guilty of any crime as

eye witness accounts say, members of the Defence Force are

guilty of an unprovoked attack on Kenrick Radix on July 18th

1975 they should be brought to justice. This is the way
to restore public confidence and win respect for our country's

laws. Maybe those who disregard the laws of Grenada are

doing so because of Governments farcical 'implementation' of

the Recommendations of the Duffus Commission which comprised
'men of the highest calibre'. Maybe the lawbreakers thinking

is, 'If the Priest could play mas', who is we ? **
(** Words of a Trinidad calypso composed after a Roman Catholic

Priest hed been a member of a Carnival band.)

( 112 words)

,iej.jr nugnes


A meeting of farmers held under the auspices of the New Jewel

Movement at the Seamoon racecourse on Sunday August 3rd,
resolved to organise a demonstration in St.Georges on
Friday 8th to protest the dissolution by Government of the

elected Board of Management of the Cooperative Nutmeg

Association, and the nomination of an interim Board.

The Seamoon meeting was addressed by NJM leaders Maurice

Bishop, Unison Whiteman and Teddy Victor, and by F J Archibald,
Chairman of the dissolved Nutmeg Board. According to the

speakers, the "problems of Grenada" can be solved only by a

change of Government, and the farmer were urged to coonider

political means of bringing about this change.

It was stated that the current issues of the dissolution of the
Nutmeg Board, the Newspaper (Amendment) Act, the beating of
Kenrick Radix and the lack of process of the warrant for the

arrest of Prime Minister Gairy were all part of what was called
"a single problem", and to solve this, civil disobedience and

organisingg for self defence" was urged.

However, only some 100 people attended the demonstration on

Friday 8th, and Mr Unison Whiteman, Joint Coordinating Secretary
of NJM, said another demonstration would be organised for

Thursday Aigust 14th, when, he hoped, more farmers would attend.
(208 words)
On Tuesday August 5th, the 8 S "Geestcrest" loaded 26,658 boxes
of bananas weighing 802,297 lbs and valued at EC76,218.00 .

There were 129 rejected boxes.
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