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
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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
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For The Week Ending July 16th 1977

Negotiations on a claim by the Seamen & Waterfront Workers Union

(SWWU) on the Grenada Shipping Agents (GSA) for a cost-of-living

allowance have become deadlocked.

These negotiations began last December when SWNU submitted a document

to GSA in which the Union sought to prove that the buying power of the

worker's dollar had diminished by 60.2 cents over the period 1971, to

1976. Discussions between the two parties were held on January
27th and, at that time, SWWU increased its original demand for an

across-the-board allowance of 33% to a demand varying from 351 to

40A covering different grades of worker.

Early in March, GSA submitted a memorandum to SWWU dealing in depth

with the issue and claiming that there Is "extremely poor organisation

on the docks as far as the interests of the Grenada Shipping Agents

are concerned". GSA said also, "there is no justification for a

cost of living allowance".

The absence from Grenada of Mr Eric Pierre, Secretary of SWWU, and
other factors delayed continuance of negotiations and SWWU and GSA

did not meet again until Friday July 8th. Sources close to this

meeting say that little progress was made and, in a letter dated July

11th, SWWU accused GSA of being "not serious" in trying to find a

"solution to the present impasse".

Reaction to this has been a letter dated July 13th to SWWU from GSA

stating that "in view of the stand of the Union at the last meeting

and your letter of July 11th, the matter has been referred to the

Labour Commissioner."

In an exclusive interview with NEWSLETTER today (14th), Mr Eric Pier

Secretary of SWWU, said he was surprised at the "attitude taken by

GSA and their unrealistic approach to the upward trend of the cost of:

living in Grenada."

A check with the Ministry of Labour today (14th) revealed that thia

matter has not yet reached the Labour Commissioner.
#####( 523 wordk5 .

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economic problems", said Mr Carlisle, "and I hope that, as a

result, we will take back a little more knowledge of your part

of the world which helps us in debates in Parliament to

understand more easily the problems of the Caribbean."

Mr Fitch and Mr Carlisle return to the United Kingdom

tomorrow (16th)
(292 words)


The Grenada Commercial & Industrial Workers Union (GCIWU) will

elect its officers at the Annual General Meeting to be held on

Monday 25th July.

GCIWU was founded in 1956 and the Union's current President,

Mr Fric Pierre, has held that post since then.

(41 words)


The Girl Guide Movement in Grenada is suffering from a "lack

of members of the Community who are willing to act as leaders."

This was disclosed in the recently published Annual Report for

1'?76 of the Movement's Island Commissioner, Mrs Sybil Archer.

T. her Report, Mrs Archer described 1976 as a "quiet year" and

A;i.- that, while the emphasis for that year was to have been

ca training, not much was accomplished in this direction.

A?;-.t fom lack of leadership support from the Community, the

ITs'nd Commissioner said "other problems, especially in units

s'.Yched to schools, are teachers going to Training Collebe and

Radies abroad."

'The overall membership of the Guide Movement in Grenada during

1976 wap :-
Rangers 40
Guides 257
Brownie Guides 198
Commissioners 5
Guiders & Assistants 34
Secretary _
Total :- 535
(130 words)

Alister Hughes
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER 'eke Rd -ing 6.7."'*
Page 3

As a result, the Secretary of SWWU, Mr Eric Pierre, wrote Geest on

July 11th saying that his Union is "thoroughly fed up with your anti-

industrial relations", and calling upon Geest to pay the deducted

money by 10.00 am on July 12th or the Union would "feel free to take

whatever action it sees fit."

The sum involved was ECB74.39 and NEVSLETTER is advised that this was

paid to the union within 45 minutes of the deadline,"
(203 words)

Both political parties in Britain have made it clear that they desire

to see what was the British Colonial Empire become independent


In an exclusive interview with NIWSLATTER yesterday (14th), this was

expressed by Mr Mark carlisle, Q C, member of a two-man team of

British Members of parliament now visiting Grenada. "Our history

since World War II shows that very clearly", said Mr Carlisle, "and

we are still anxious to see those countries which remain part of the

British Colonies reach independence when they are in a position to do

so and when it's viable and possible."

The other British Parliamentarian visiting Grenada is Mr Alan Pitch,

Labour Member for Wigan. Mr Carlisle is a member of the

Conservative Party elected to the constituency of Runcorn in Cheshire.

and both Mr Fitch and Mr Carlisle were observers at the Caribbean

Regionnl Conference of the Commonwealth Parliamantary Association

held recently in Barbados. They are now in Grenada as guests of

the Grenada Branch of that Association.

Mr Carlisle said the purpose of the Commonwealth Parliamentary

Association is to give parliamentarians from different parts of the

British Commonwealth a chance to know each other and to learn about

the various countries. He said this was the first time he had

visited the Westindies and was very impressed with the scenery and

"those wonderful natural resources of the sun and the weather which

we don't have in the United Kingdom."

"This visit has given us an opportunity to learn of your social and

Alister Hughen


The yacht "Barbara" which was arrested on June 30th as a ireault

of a writ filed in the High Court by the boat's Captain Dan

Meredith, remains under guard berthed at the dock of Grenada

Yacht Services.

Two days ago, Captain Meredith checked out from the St.James

Hotel where he was registered and it is not known whether he

has left the island. Contacted today (15th), Captain

Meredith's Counsel, Mr Danny Williams, expressed surprise that

his client was not at the hotel and said he did not know whether

he is in Grenada.

The owner of the "Barbara", Mr Robert Moffitt, left Grenada some

five or six days ago and, according to information given by him

in an interview with NEWSLETTER on July 6th, should have gone to

Aruba to "discuss certain business negotiations regarding the boat."

Captain Meredith told NEWSLETTER on June 6th that, because of

Mr Moffitt's "aggressiveness", all members of the crew had left

the ship. Captain Meredith's claim against the owner of the

"Barbara" is for US$930.00 unpaid wages and US$220.00 for plane

fare back to Miami.
(171 words)
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;&i;n the Geest Industries Ltd ship "Geestland" was in Grenada to

loid bananas on July 4th, a difference between the ship's owners

and the Seamen & Waterfront Workers Union (SWWU) threatened

possible industrial action.

Union sources told NEWSLETTER today (14th) that time-off had

been requested of Geest by SWWU for four members of the working

force cu the "Geestland" to go to the airport to receive members

of a visiting team from the Trinidad & Tobago Seamen & Waterfront

Sports Club. This time was granted but, apparently, there

,i, a misunderstanding as to the time the men should return to

',e ship and, when wages were paid, deductions were made from

-mounts due the four men

Alister Hughes
THh GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 16.7.77


A source close to the Grenada Banana Cooperative society has explinc .
to NEWSLETTER that the figure advised each week as being the "value"

of the shipment is, in reality, the amount paid to banana producers
by the Society and not the amount paid to the Society by the buyers,
Messrs Gecat Industries Ltd.

Amplifying this, the source said that, for the week ending July 9th
when 565,909 Ibs were shipped, Geest paid the Society 28.322 BEC on

that poundage, making a total sum of EC$160,276.00. On this
shipment, producers were paid EC$79,227.00 which is the result of a
calculation of the poundage received at the boxing plants multiplied

by 14 ECO. The rate per pound to be paid to banana producers is
decided by the Government appointed Board of Management, and it was
pointed out that there is always a difference between the poundage
received at the boxing plants abd the poundage shipped.

The difference retained weekly by the Board of Management is utilised

to pay salaries and overheads, to meet the cost of disease control
and, since May 1975, to subsidize the cost of fertilizer. Surpluses
are used to stabilize prices.

It is understood that, commencing on July 5th, the Society has
undertaken a registration of banana growers, and this exercise is
expected to be completed by September 30th. It is estimated that
there are between 11,500 and 2,000 banana producers at the present
(234 words)


Only one cruise liner called at Grenada during the week ending July
9th. This was the S S "Cunard Countess" with 666 passengers on

Tuesday July 5th.
(25 words)
S.S."Geeatcrest" sailed on July th with 23,160 boxes of bananas
weighing 704,914 lbs. Price paid by Geest Industries Ltd was 28.53Y
C10 per pound totaling EC$199,716.00 Price paid to producers wa.
14 ECO per pound but, at time of going to press, the weight of bananai.
received at bcx ig plants is not available. There were 560 boxos
of reject it.
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/ Alister Hughes 15th July 1977

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