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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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Description based on surrogate of: Vol. 11, no. 1 (Jan. 22, 1983); title from caption.

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Alister Hughes
P o Box 65
Par The Week Ending November 19th 1977

Mr Lauriston Wilson Jr., Permanent Secretary in the Minister of

Finance, yesterday presented to the Presidents of the three trade

unions representing Government montbly:.paid employees, the Report

of the Commission appointed by Government to recommend a revision

of the salaries of these employees.

The three unions involved are the Civil Service Association (CSA),

the Grenada Union of Teachers (GUT) and the Technical & Allied

Workers Union (TAWU), whose Presidents are respectively Mr Robert

Robinson, Mr Julius Forsythe and Mr Curtis Stewart.

The Salaries Revision Commission was appointed by Government

early last year following a threat of industrial action by O0A,

GUT and TAWU, and Mr John Tyndall of the CARICOM Secretariat was

appointed to head the Commission. However, Mr Eldon Mathurin,

also of the CARICOM Secretariat and Alternate Chairman of the

Commission, presided over all sittings of the Commission which

began in Grenada on December 11th 1976. Other members of the

Commission were Senator James Manswell, Executive Secretary of the

Trinidad & Tobago Public Services AsMoaiateon and Mr Edwy Talma,

former Deputy Prime Minister of Barbados.

The terms of reference of this Commission were to review the

salaries and working conditions of all Government monthly paid

employees and to make recommendations with a view to promoting a

better Service. According to an Agreement reached between the

unions and Government in April 1976, it was expected that the

Report of the Commissioners would be implemented on January 1st


The Executives of CSA, GUT and TAWU met yesterday (17th) to

consider the Report but, after the meeting, few details were
disclosed. A source close to the meeting said that

recommendations made for the lowest salary grades exceed

increases of 1000, and increases are to ta,e effect from January

1st 1977, but the source could not say how much back-pay

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Government will have to pay as a result of the reommondattaons

In an exclusive interview with NEWiLETTER yesterday (17th),

Mr E M A Welsh, Executive Secretary of CSA, said it was too early

to say whether the Report was satisfactory or not. "We have

not had time to study it yet", he said, "but a committee has been

appointed to look into the matter. That committee is to report

on Tuesday 22nd and I should then be in a position to say more."

c:r Welsh said the Commissioners had reported that, in determining

'te pay increases, consideration had been given to (1) a comparison

of poets with those outside the Civil Service, (2) the cost of

living and (3) Government's ability to pay. In connection

with the last, Mr Welsh quoted the following extract from the

Commissioners' Report. "Oyr analysis of the situation does

indicate that the increases which we have recommended are the

nbarest minimum which are necessary to restore some semblance of

value to the pay of Public Servants."

1r Welsh has promised to give details of the Report next week.
(482 words)


As a result of efforts of the Grenada Employers Federation (GEF)

and the Trade Union Council (TUC), some headway has been made

towards resolving the deadlock which has resulted in the industrial

dispute between the Commercial & Industrial Workers Union (CIWU)

and Messrs Jonas Browne & Hubbard Ltd.

The original dispute between the union and the company was over

payment of a cost of living allowance and, on October 21st, the

union isntituted a go-slow in support of its demands. Agreement

on the cost of living allowance was reached on October 27th, but

the union refused to call off the go-slow before workers

dismissed during the go-slow were reinstated.

On the other hand, the company refused to discuss the reinstatement

of the dismissed workers before the go-slow was called off and,

supporting the CIWU, the Seamen & Waterfront Workers Union

::'IJU) instituted, on October 29th, a boycott of cargo on the

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docks consigned to Hubbards.

Seeking to break this deadlock, the GEF and TUC set up a joint

committee comprised of Mr 0 W Benjamin, President of TUC,

Mr Gurtis Stewart, Secretary of TUC, Mrs Angela Smith, President

of GEF and Mr A D R Taylor, a member of GEF. This committee

interviewed the Labour Commissioner, certain departmental Heads of

Jonas Browns & Hubbard Ltd, the dismissed workers, MR C F Toppin,

Manager of the company and Mr Eric Pierre, President of CIWU.

As a result of this activity, the company and the union reached

agreement on November 13th that the dismissal of seven workers,

whose services were terminated during the go-slow, be settled

as provided for in the Industrial Agreement existing between

CIWU and Hubbards. In this connection, CIWU reserved the
right to decide on the acceptance or otherwise of arbitration

if/when the dispute procedure reaches that stage.

The company agreed that, while the dispute procedure is being

carried out, no workers will be dismissed for continuance of the

go-slow and, as part of the agreement, SwWU undertook to call off

the embargo placed on goods consigned to the company.

As a follow-up to this, the company and the union met on Monday

15th to open negotiations for the possible reinstatement of the

dismissed workers, and the union proposed that GEF and TUC be

asked to use their good offices as mediators. The company, on

the other hand, proposed that the dispute be settled by

arbitration. Neither proposal was accepted and a source close

to CIVW told NELSLETTER today (18th) that it has been agreed that

the company and the union will meet on Monday 21st to discuss the
matter under the chairmanship of the Labour Commissioner.

In the mean time, there are indications of a rift in the ranks of

CIWU. A pamphlet signed by 11 members of CIWU and distributed

on November 16th says, "The undersigned members of the Executive

Committee of the Commercial & Industrial Workers Union comprising

11 of the present 13 members (the overwhelming majority of the

Executive), wish to make it known to all concerned that the

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Executive of the CIWU never met, discussed or made any report to

the Seamen & Waterfront Workers Union to call off this embargo

in support of Hubbards' .... workers."

The pamphlet urges SWWU to continue the embargo'and says that

rVWWU and CIWU will have to examine the origins of the decisions

to call off the embargo.

signatures on the pamphlet include those of the fat Vioe-

-.'esident, Mr Vincent Noel, the 2nd Vice-President, Mr Anelem

Peters, the Acting General Secretary/Treasurer, Mr John Ventour,

uhe Assistant Secretary/Treasurer, Miss Tessa Copland and the

Organising Secretary, Mr Roge Jones. Three Trustees and

three Floor Members also signed.
(621 words)


According to a notice in the Government Gazette dated November

11th and circulated today (17th), the Cabinet of Grenada has

decided to acquire the lands and buildings of the Grenada Golf


A source close to the Club told NElWSLETTE today (17th) that the

Glub was established in 1926 but had to close down in 1941

laring World War II, principally because of the unavailability

o; golf balls. It was resuscitated in 1947, continuing to

lease lands from Woodlands Estate. In 1954 a group of local

persons purchased these lands and formed the Grenada Golf Club

Ltd, and it is from this company that Government is now making

the acquisition.

The notice in the Gazette describes the lands as containing

approximately 56 acres, and the purpose of the acquisition is

"to enlarge and improve the present golf course and to bring it

up to international standards in order to enhance golfing

facilities and tourist potential in Grenada."

'Th'e golf course is now of 9-hole size and is located in the

south of the island near to the hotel development on Grand Anse

; :Qih, (181 words)

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During the early hours of yesterday morning (17th), four condemned-

men were executed at the Richmond Hill Prisons.

The last execution in this island was on 31st May 1962 when a man

named Hatton McLEeen was hanged, and it is, therefore, well over

15 years since there has been a hanging in Grenada.

The men hanged yesterday were Leonard Stewart, Cecil Boyke,

Rennard Frederick and Dennis Viechweg, and they were all convicted

on March 30th 1977 of the murder of a young girl, Bernadette John,

on September 12th 1976. All four men were arrested and charged

on September 20th 1976.

Stewart and Boyke were executed at 3.00 am yesterday morning and

their bodies were left hanging for an hour. Frederick and

Viechweg were executed at 4.00 an. The bodies were examined

by Dr Dennis Radix before being buried in a common grave on the

prison lands. The inquest was carried out in the St.Georges

Magistrate's Court at 3.00 pm yesterday (17th) before Magistrate
Windom Robertson.

Also to have been hanged yesterday was Chw les Ferguson convicted
of the murder of Roy Donald on 6th April 1974. This case has

aroused concern locally, regionally and internationally because of

what is considered inaccuracies and disorepencies in the evidence.

This concern has been increased by the fact that the Trial Judge,

Mr Justice Archibald Nedd, instructed the jury that Assistant

Superintendent of Police Innocent Belmar and Assistant

Superintendent of Police Adonis Francis, the two policemen

investigating the case, had "qualified as unreliable witnesses."

In an exclusive interview with NEWSLETTER on Wednesday (16th),

Mr Lloyd Noel, Legal Counsel for Perguson, said that it was only

by chance he had heard that Ferguson, together with Stewart,

Boyke, Frederick and Viechweg, was to be hanged on Thursday (17th).

"This information has since been confirmed by my client, Charles

Ferguson,", he said, "and I understand unofficially that the
reason for the change in the hangings which were put off more

than a month ago was because there was a defect in the filing of

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THE GRENADA NEwSLETTER Week Ending 19.11-77
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a form at the Privy Council."

Mr Noel's reference here is to the fact that Perguson was to have

been hanged on September 29th but, because of an application to

the Privy Cduncil on his behalf, the execution was suspended.

The four other men were reported to have been due to be hanged at

the same time, but their executions were also suspended.

VWhen Mr Noel learned on Wednesday 16th that the death warrant had

b"en read to Ferguson that day, he filed a Motion in the High

Gourt claiming that the sentence to be executed on Perguson was

uiuel and inhuman treatment and contrary to the Constitution.

"I do not know what the fate of the other four men will be", he

;old NhWVSLTTER at that time, "but I expect that my action

would at least suspend or postpone the hanging of Charles Perguson

mitil the High Court has heard my Motion aid, perhaps, the Appeal

ujwrt." The Motion is to be heard on Monday 21st November.

It is understood that there are now 5 or 6 men in death row at

the Richmond Hill Prisons.
(523 words)

The Grenada House of Representatives meets today/after a lapse of

nearly three months; the last meeting was on August 26th.

NUW8LTTER understands from a reliable source that a Bill to

create a Port Authority is to be debated at today's meeting,

but the text of the Bill has not been circulated to members.

The Senate is expected to meet on Monday 21st.
(64 words)


As part of the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the

establishment of the Anglican Diocese of the Windward Islands,

the Bishop of the Windward Islands, the Right Reverend Cuthbert

.)c-roffe and several Church dignatories visited Grenada.

.~,:g these was the Reverend Doctor Seon Goodridge, Principal
SCodrington College in Barbados, and, in an exclusive interview

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with NEWSLETTER on Monday (14th), Reverend Goodridge said that

vocations to the Ministry had reached 46 at Codrington in 1976 and -

18 had graduated this year.

"This is a significant growth in vocations", he said, "and it does

mean that the Church is dynamically involved in the developing

Caribbean and this is meeting a good response from our young men

and I hope, later on too, our young women."

The Principal of Codrington said there would have to be a vote in

1979 on this matter. "Depending on the vote", he said, "we
will have to decide whether we will have women at Codrington

College at all."

Reverend Goodridge said the involvement of the Church in dynamic

changes in the society is capturing the imagination of the young

and he thought the future of the Church is in good hands. "I

have every faith in the graduates who are coming from Codrington

College today", he said.

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The SS "Geea.ttide" sailed on November 16th with 26,910 boxes of
bananas weighing 805,709 Ibs. The price paid by Geest
Industries to the Grenada Banana Cooperative Society is not yet
available but the price paid by the Society to growers was
EC0 14 on the weight of bananas received at the boxing plants,
but this weight is not yet available. There wura 233 boxes of
rejected fruit.

The boxing plant weight for the shipment by "Geestorest" on
November 8th is not yet available, nor is the price paid by
Geest on the shipment by "Geestland" on November let. NEWSLITTER
hopes that these statistics will be available for next week's

Three cruise liners called at Grenada during the week ending
November 12th. These were the "Cunard Countess" on the 8th
with 731 passengers, the "Queen Elizabeth II" on the 10th with
1,542 passengers, and the "Sun Viking" on the 12th with 719
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Alister Hughea
18th November 1977

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