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


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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
For The eekV Endina October 22nd 1977


The Annual General Meeting of the Windward Islands Banana

Association was opened at the Grenada Holiday Inn on Monday (17th)

by the Minister of Agriculture, Porestries and Pisheries, Mr David


In his address, Mr Sylvester paid tribute to Sir Dennis Henry who,

on September 14th, resigned as Chairman of the Grenada Banana

Cooperative Society (GCB8) and as the GCBS representative on
WINBAN. At the time of his resignation, Sir Dennis stated that,

in the light of "certain specific and express Cabinet directions"

which he regarded as illegal and not "in the true interest of the

Society and its members", his resignation was the only course he

could take honourablyy".

Mr Sylvester referred to Sir Dennis' long years of service to

GBCS and said that his wide knowledge had helped the Banana

Industry, not only at the local level but at WINBAN level, in

which organisation Sir Dennis served as President with distinction.
An important item on the agenda of the WINBAN annual General

Meeting was the Five Year Development Plan which is being financed

by the British Development Division (BDD) and which began,
officially, on June 1st 1977. The WINBAN Director of the Plan

is Mr D A "Chung" Perryman and, in an exclusive interview with
N1iSLhTTER on Wednesday (19th), Mr Perryman expressed

disappointment with the progress of implementing the Plan.

"The Five Year Development Plan is not moving as smoothly as we

would like it to", he said, "but the Governments of most of the

islands have now approved the Plan in principle and they have been

requested by the British Development Division in Barbados to

prepare individual island plans." Mr Perryman said most of

those individual plans have been completed and submitted to the

BDD and, together with comments from the BDD, they have been

resubmitted to the individual Governments for reconsideration.


Aiaster Hughes
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER For Week Ending 22.10.77
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"The Extension Staff has been reenmrted I.r. uoef or the isla3nds",

the Plan Director said, "and we hope that, within the next

couple of weeks, we shall get the Extension part of the Plan off

the ground. We are also hoping to be able to continue with

the subsidisation of the fertilizer requirements of the four

Windward Islands and, to this end, the BDD has promised that

the subsidy element of the Plan will be approved as soon as the

island Governments have finalized their individual plans with

the BDD."

1r Perryman said that, initially, the Development Plan will be

approved for one year in each island and, at the end of that

period, a Review Committee will decide what modifications and

amendments should be made. The Plan Director could not say

how much money would be made available by BDD for the Plan as

approval had been had on certain elements of the Plan only.

ihe recruitment and training of initial Extension Staff was

olj of the elements agreed upon but there was much more yet

to be discussed.
Another matter discussed at the Annual General Meeting was the

current shortfall in Windward Island banana production.

i,r Perryman said this shortfall had been caused by adverse

weather conditions and talks have been held with WINBAN's

.arketiag agents, Geest Industries Ltd, on the subject of

finding bananas from other sources to make up the deficiency.

The annual General Meeting of WINBAN elected the Directors of

the Association for the 1978 term. They are Mr Ivor A

Sinson, Chairman of the St.Vincent Banana Growers Association,

Mr Joffre Robinson, Chairman of the Dominica Banana Growers

Association, Mr Harry Atkinson, Chairman of the St.Lucia

Banana Growers Association and Mr Harold Baptiste, Chairman

of the Grenada Banana Cooperative Society. Mr Sinson was

reelected President of WINBAN with Mr Robinson as Vicepresident.

Others attending the annual General Meeting were WINBAN's

'.oaomic Advisor, Professor H Chenfield and Dr J Edmunds,

Coasultr~"at. Secretary to the Association is Mr A Grell. Th

Alister Hughes
THE GR~EADA NEWSLETTER Week ading 99.10.77
meeting concluded on Wednesday (19th)
(622 word)


The industrial climate surrounding the negotiations which have

been taking place between the Comme oial & Industrial Workers

Union (CIWU) and Messrs Jonas Browne & Hubbard Ltd has taken a
turn for the worse.

These negotiations began in August 1976 and relate to a cost of
living allowance demanded by CIWU. The first proposal was
that the Company should pay an across the board allowance of

21.018%, but the Management of the firm did not find this
acceptable. Since then, a series of proposals and counter

proposals have been made but none have bnte mutually acceptable.

Jonas Browne & hubbard Ltd is a locally owned firm whose
nativities cover a wide range of commercial enterprises. The
Company operates two large supermarkets and, among others, a

lumber department, hardware and appliance department, furniture
department, dress shop and an insurance department. Jonas

Browne & Hubbard also operate a Steamship Agency and the Company

is the local agent for LLoyds.
Final Prod4aala
CIWU is bargaining on behalf of tke Company's 213 employees and,
in an effort to break the deadlock which has arise, the Union

and the Company met on Tuesday (18th) under the chairmanship of

Mr Robert Robinson, the Labour Commissioner. At that meeting,
both parties to the dispute put forward what was considered their

final proposals.

The offer from the Company was a cost of living allowance of 5~

to be paid to all employees from October Ist 1976. This rate

would increase to 10j with effect from February 1st 1977 and

there would be another increase to 15% from August 1st 1977.

The counter proposal from CIWU is that the Company's employees be

divided into three groups, the lowest paid, those receiving up to
EC$250.00 per month, to receive a cost of living allowance of

15Yo from October let 1976. The next group, those being paid

Alister Hughes
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between EC$251.00 and EC#350.00 per month,to get 12 from est

October 1976, and the third group, those with top bracket salaries,

to receive 7i from the same date. SIWU proposes that the

three groups will each receive a further increase of 2ja from

October let 1977.

A source close to the Union told NEWSLTTER that the Union's

proposals involve back-pay to date of EO#113,147.00, while the

Company's offer would make the back-pay EC099,660.00.
The meeting with the Labour Commissioner was unsuccessful in

getting the Company and the Union any closer together and, as

a further step, a meeting took place yesterday (20th) under the

chairmanship of the Minister for Labour, Senator Roy St.John.

This meeting was no more successful than that with the Labour

omaiassioner, and CIWU gave the Company an ultimatum that "if

the matter is not resolved by 10.00 am today (21st), the Union

will feel free to take whatever action it feels necessary and

expedient to bring about a settlement."

A check at 10.30 am today (21st) at "The Food Fair", the St.Georges
supermarket of Jonas Browne & iubbard Ltd, revealed that a go-slow

was in effect. Mr Anslem Peters, CIWU shop steward at "The

Food Fair" told NEWSLETTER there are "some 70 employees" at "The

Food Pair" and they are "all cooperating with all the other

Hubbards employees in the go-slow."
(539 words)


A source close to Grenada Electricity Services (GES) told
ihEWSLETTER today (21st) that GES wrote to the Technical &

Allied Workers Union (TAWU) on Monday 17th asking for a meeting

to discuss proposals put forward by TAWU for a new wage


Details of these proposals have not been disclosed but they

were submitted by TAWU on September 29th. They were discussed

it the annual General Meeting of the Grenada Bnployers Federation

(c October 14th, and a source close to that meeting told NEWSLET.ER

S*- .?mbr?'s "were horrified at the implications of the TAWU

Alister Hughes
THE GRENADA NLERSLETER deek Ending 22.10.77
Page 5
demand." Acccrding to that source, Lf implemented, that

demand "will mean 30 per uait increase for every consumer."

The industrial contract between GES and TAWU expires on December

31st, and the meeting asked for by GES will consider counter
proposals put forward by the Company for the new contract. To
date, the date for this meeting has not been fixed.
(155 words)


The Seamen & Waterfront Workers Union (SWWU) and Messrs Geest

Industries will meet today (21st) for talks concerning the Union's

demand for a cost of living allowance under the terms of the
industrial contract for loading bananas.

On October 14th, SWWU proposed that this allowance be at the rate

of 15fe with effect from October lst 1977. East has accepted
the date of implementation as October let but has counter proposed

that the rate for the allowance be 1io.
(79 words)


'he ranks held by Mr Fritz Abraham and Mr Leon LaCrette, the two

officers of the Grenada Defence Force who are now in Chile for

training, is a military secret.

This was told to NLWSLETTER today (21st) by Lieutenant Colonel

Winston &assanto, Commander of the Defence Force. "I can give

no information at all about the Defence Force", said Mr Massanto,

"not even concerning the ranks held by officers."

The Lieutenent Colonial also declined to say how long Messrs

Abraham and LaCrette will be staying in Chile.
(88 words)


In an announcement published in the October 19th issue of the
Grenada "Torchlight" newspaper, the St.Georges University School

of Medicine expressed happiness "that the School was afforded the

nriviledge of sponsoring one of the contestants in the Carnival
(Qeen Competition held in South St.George in the person of Miss

Alister Hughes
THE GRENADA NENILETTER Week ending 22.10.77
Page 6

Phyllis Bruno, thus assisting in making 6 carnival, on the whole,

the success it was."

"It was through the Initiative of our Honourable Prime Minister

that this Sdhool was founded here", said the announcement, "and

we are indeed grateful."

The announcement said the School was opened in January 1977 and

now has a roll of 370 400 students, and the establishment "has

a staff of 46 :- 10 Academic and 7 Administrative and other

employees, thus giving employment to many local persons."

The let Runner-Up in the South St.George 1977 Carnival Queen

Competition was Miss Units Mitchell. Accompanied by her

chaperone, Mrs Thelma Simpson, Miss Mitchell left Grenada on

October 6th on a trip to the United States of America donated

by the St.Georges University School of Medicine.
(181 words)


Grenada Electricity Services Ltd (GES) is nearing completion of

the survey of the Government owned electricity plant in

Carriacou, Grenada's sister island.

Interviewed by NEhSLETTTER today, Mr W R Lord, Manager of GES,

said the preliminary draft of the survey has already been done.

"The survey of the transmission and distribution system has

already been completed", he said, "and I hope to be in Carriacou

on Wednesday 26th to complete our last bit of inspection. The

entire survey should be done by the end of this month."

Carriacou has an area of 13 square miles and had a population

of 5,950 people at the 1970 census. The island first had
electricity in 1960. Government's request for this survey

by GES was made in September.
(116 words)


Wednesday October 19th was the 19th anniversary of the death

of Theophilus Albert Marryshow.

Alister Hughes
THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER eek Ending 22.10.77

Born on November 7th 1887, Marryshow became one of the best known

Westindian journalists in the early part of this century and,

because of his fight for unification and independence of the
British Weat Indian Colonies, became known as "''ha Father of
Federation." He was a Senator in the -ederation of the
West Indies from its establishment until the time of his death.

The University of The West Indies acquired Marryahow's residence

in St.Georges, "The Rosary", and has converted it into an 1xtra
Mural Centre under the name of "Marryshow House".

The 19th anniversary of Marryshow's death passed unmarked in
(109 words)

The S S "Geesttide" sailed on October 18th with 21,033 boxes of

bananas weighing 623,803 Ibs. Geest Industries paid the
Grenada Banana Cooperative Society (GBCS) 29.249 ECG per pound,
making a total of EC$182,456.13. The price paid to growers

by GBCS was 15 ECI per pound on the weight of bananas received at
the boxing plants, but this figure is not yet available. There
were 407 boxes of rejected fruit.

The weight shipped by "Geestcreet" on October 11th was 475,833 Ibs,
and the weight at the boxing plants was 490,754 Ibs, making a
difference of 14,921. lbs between tha boxing plant weight and the

shipped weight.


During the week ending October 15th, two cruise liners called at
Grenada. These were the "Cunard Countess" on Tuesday 11th
with 563 passengers, and the "Sun Viking" on Saturday 15th with
698 passengers.

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