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.


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

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Alister Hughes
P 0 Box 65

28th November 1975

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PFor The Week Lnding November 29th

On Monday of this week (24th), Mr Desmond Christian, Grenada's
Attorney General, argued Government's case in a Suit filed against
Mr Harold Dennison, the one-man Commissioner appointed by Government

to investigate the affairs of the Grenada Cooperative Nutmeg

This Suit, which was filed by Mr F J Archibald, Chairman of the
elected Nutmeg Board -dissolved by Government on July 4th, is being

heard in Chambers before Mr Justice Archibald Nedd. Appearing
for Mr P J Archibald are barristers Lloyd Noel, Kenrick Radix and

Maurice Bishop, and following conclusion of the Attorney General's
presentation on Tuesday 25th, these lawyers addressed Mr Justice Nedd.

In his Suit, Mr Archibald is seeking, among other things, a
declaration that Mr Dennison has demonstrated a real likelihood of
bias by reason of his general conduct of the proceedings of the
Commission of Inquiry and his vehement expressions of prejudicial
allegations. Mr Archibald also seeks an injunction restraining
Commissioner Dennison from proceeding with the Inquiry.

In the mean time, the hearings of the Commission of Inquiry, which

were scheduled to be resumed on Tuesday 25th, have been postponed to
Tuesday December 2nd. It seems unlikely, however, that these

hearings will be resumed then.

It is understood that .Air Justice Nedd will hand down his decision in
the bias Suit against Commissioner Dennison on Monday December lest.

This decision will be given in Chambers, following which, a Suit
challenging the validity of the Order which dissolved the elected
Nutmeg Board will be heard in open Court over the two days of Monday
lest and Tuesday 2nd December. Both the Attorney General and
Senator Derek Knight are involved in this Suit, and since both of

these gentelmen are also appearing at the hearings of 'the Commission
of Inquiry, it isnxpected that a further postponement from December
1st will be made. (301 words)

Alister Hughes
Page 2

Workers at the Central Water Commission walked off their jobs on Monday

24th in protest against the alleged failure of the Commission to

commence negotiations on a new Wage Agreement.

These workers are represented by the Technical & Allied Workers Union

(TAWU), and sources close to the Union said that proposals were submitted

to the Commission in February last and a new Agreement should have come

into effect on March 1st. "Instead", said TAWU sources, "all we have

been getting from the Commission is empty promises."

Following the walk out on Monday, Mr Curtis Stewart, President of TAWU,

held talks with officials of the Water Commission, and at 1.00pm on
Tuesday 25th, the workers returned to their jobs. Mr Stewart continued

his talks on Tuesday and Wednesday, but he informed NEWSLETTER today

(27th) that these negotiations have broken down and the matter has been
referred to the Labour Commissioner, Mr Robert Robinson, for conciliation.

The points to be decided centre principally on wages and sick and vacation

leave. The Union is asking for a 331% wage increase over the next

two years while the Commission has countered with an offer of 10% over
the next three years.

Concerning leave, according to present arrangements, workers must work

200 days before they qualify for benefits. This, according to

Mr Stewart, was the structure used when the 6 day week was in effect.

Now that the 5 day week has been introduced, the Union is of the opinion

that these arrangements should be restructured.

In these discussion, the Commission's negotiating team is headed by

Mr Lawrence Fletcher who, in his capacity of Permanent Secretary in the

Ministry of Communications & Works, is ex officio Chairman of the

Central Water Commission. A further meeting has been arranged for

tomorrow (28th) when Mr Stewart and Mr Fletcher will meet with the

Labour Commissioner in an effort to reach agreement.

Speaking to NEWSLEVTTER today (27th), Mr Stewart expressed the hope

that it would not be necessary for his Union to take further industrial

action. -0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0- (340 words)

Alister Hughes
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week ending 29.11.75
Page 3

Senor Julio Silva, a representative of the Organisation of Amerioan

States (OAS), arrived in Grenada on Friday 21st to look over the

damage caused to the island by the recent heavy rains.

Senor Silva, who is based in Santo Domingo, came to Grenada at the

request of the Government and, after visiting the worst hit areas.,

held talks with the Deputy Prime Minister, Mr Herbert Preudhomme,

and other Ministers and officials.

Also in connection with the rain damage, another visitor to Grenada

over the last week-end was Mr David Carter of the United Nations

Disaster Relief Organisation. .other officials expected here

shortly are experts from the United Nations Development Programme

and from the Economic Commission for Latin America.

Preliminary estimates made by a team of officers from the 4iniatry

of Communications and Works and the Ministry of Agriculture place the
rain damage at approximately EC$10 million. Some half of this

is said to be in the area of roads and bridges while the remainder

is allocated to the loss of agricultural crops, fertilizer, land-

slides and erosion.
(174 words)


The Grenada Telephone Company Ltd has announced that, with effect

from December 1st, the rates for private telephones will be increased

from $18.00 to $22.50 per month. Installation charges have also

been increased from $30.00 to $55.00. No increase has been

announced for the rates of business phones which remain at $50.00

for a single phone and $70.00 for a PBX.

According to a notice appearing in the local press, these increases

have become necessary in order "to maintain the high level of service

we provide, to meet the increased cost of maintenance, material and

the increased cost of wages and salaries contained in our recently

concluded Agreement with the Technical & Allied Workers Union which

takes effect from 15th July 1975."

Alister Hughes
Page 4
Telephone rates have been increased every year for the last three years,

the last rise being on May 1st 1974. From February 1975, consumers
were called upon to pay an additional 10 on the basic charges for

overseas calls, but this was not a charge instituted by the Company.
This charge was provided for by the Telecommunications Act passed by

(186 words)

In an exclusive interview with NEWSLETTER today (27th), Senator Eric

Pierre, President of the Commercial & Industrial Workers Union, branded

as "false" a report appearing in the local press that striking workers

at the Gouyave Nutmeg Processing Plant are trying to secure reemployment.

These workers, who are reported to be over 100, have been on strike since

September 18th in protest against the dismissal of two of their colleagues,
and Senator Pierre said that, not only is the strike still in effect,

but further developments may be expected within the next day or two.

In the mean time, the supporting go-slow at the Nutmeg Association Head

Office is still in effect and this has delayed the annual pay-out of the
nutmeg "bonus" to producers. This pay-out has been made, usually, by

the end of November, but sources close to the Association state that it

is now unlikely that it can be made before mid-December.
(160 words)

Senator Eric Pierre, President of the Commercial & Industrial Workers

Union and Secretary of the Seamen & Waterfront Workers Union, was one

of two Caribbean Tradeunionists honoured by the Trinidad & -Tobago Union

of Commercial & Industrial Workers (UCIW) during that Union's 25th
Anniversary Celebrations held recently in Trinidad

Together with Mr Frank Walcott, General Secretary of the Barbados Workers

Union, Mr Pierre was presented with a silver medal in appreciation of

his services to and cooperation with the UCIW. At the same time,

similar awards were made to tradeunionists in North America.

These awards were made at a special ceremony, and the presentations

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were made on behalf of UCIW by Mr Justice Brathwaite, President

of the Industrial Court of Trinidad & Tobago.
( 124 words)

Prime Minister Eric Gairy flew out of Grenada on November 19th
to attend the Independence Celebrations in Surinam scheduled to
commence on November 21st and to be climaxed by the raising

of that country's new flag on November 26th.

As a part. of these Celebrations, a Trade Fair is being staged
at which, it is reported, there will be a Grenada booth
displaying the arts and crafts of the island. It is also
reported that Friday November 28th has been designated "Grenada
Night", and on that occasion, Prime Minister Gairy will host
a cocktail party.

Mr Gairy was accompanied to Surinam for the Celebrations by
his personal assistant, Mr Henry Bullen.

(110 words)
On Tuesday 25th November, the S S "Geestcrest" loaded 18,958 boxes

of bananas weighing 555,285 lbs and valued at EC$48,587.00.
There were 52 boxes of rejected fruit.

(28 words)


The S S "Cunard Adventurer" called at Grenada on November 18th

with 584 passengers. The only other cruise liner calling
during the week ending November 22nd was the "Amerikanis" on
November 19th with 471 passengers.

(34 words)

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