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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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Volume 6 Number 34
nd Of Year Issue 31st December 1978
6th Year of Publication - - 198th Issue

Produced & printed by Alister & Cynthia Eughes
P 0 Box 65, St.Georges, Grenada, viesti'ndies


The Arbitration Tribanal appointed to consider the industrial

dispute between the Technical & Allied Workers Union (TAWU) ;',d the

Grenada Telephone Company has made its awards.

In a decision dated December 13th, the Tribunal set out increases
in salaries covering two periods, the first being from July 15th 1978

to July 14th 1,979, and the second,July 15th 1979 to July 14th 1980.

For the first period, employees of the Company drawing up to 'EC0499

per month are to get an increase of 18%6. Those drawing from

EC$500 to HC$699 per month will get an increase of 17. Employees
in the third category, EC$700 to '"0899, must be given an increase of

124%, and those drawing over EC$900 will receive an increase of 10 .

In the second period, increases for these four categories of salary

earners are, respectively, 15%, 12%, 10% aEnd 5%.

The Tribunal has also made awards covering "subsistence", "sleeping

out", "night differential" etc, and, excluding thepe extras, it is

estimated that the cost to the Company of the awards will be

E$01i60,102 over the period 1.978 to 1980. The terms of reference

for the examination of this dispute do not include examination of the

revenue of the Company, but the Tribunal made a suggestion in this


"At present there are 792 business lines (including PBX and PABX)",
the Report of the Tribunal says, "and an additional EC$20 per line

per month would yield additional revenue of EG$190,080 per annum.

'or two years, the total additional revenues getnrated would be


he dispute between TAWU and the Telephone Company is based on

emiands made by the Union in May on behalf of the Company's 81

employees. In reply to these demands, the Compansaid that

THE GRaHADA NaVSIUTTaJ 31.12.78 page 3

a "Digital System", the cost of which is estimated to be EC$9

million. It is the Tribu.nal's opinion that, in view of the

Company's unfavourable financial position, "it may be advisable I

to have various alternative cost/benefit analyses of the phased

introduction of the Digital System and choose what's most

expedient at the moment."

Members of the Tribunal are Ex-Puisne Judge Adrian Date, Chairman,

Mr George Brizan, Economist, nominated by TAWU, and Mr Eamon

DeFreitas, Barrister, nominated by the Company. Mr Curtis

Stewart, President of TAWU, appeared for the Union, and Mr E A

Heyliger, Barrister, for the Company.
S(582 words)


The Government of Grenada has been accused of denying teaching jobs

in Primary Schools to suitable persons who have applied.

In a letter dated December 29th, Roman Catholic Priest, Father

Bernard Kadlec, OP, told Minister of Education, Dr Wellington Friday.

that he was "grieved and bewildered" because several well qualified

persons of integrity, chosen by School Managers together with the

Parish Council, and interviewed by a Committee of Principals, have

been turned down by the Education Authorities as "being unsuitable".

"The reason usually given us", Father Bernard told Dr Friday, "was

that someone provided the Education Authorities with information

about facts making the applicants unacceptable. However, in no

case has either the charge or the identity of the informer been

disclosed to us when we have requested that knowledge."

Father Bernard, who holds a degree of Doctor of Laws from the

University of Prague, has been associated with education in Roman

Catholic Schools for some time, and has managed several of these


In his letter to Dr Friday, the Priest accused Government of judging,

condemning and disqualifying teachers without giving them the

opportunity to defend themselves. "This. conduct contradicts

common sense justice that "nemo malua; nisi probetur" ( Editor's

THE GRJaADA HIISLaTTR 31 .12. 78 __
note, "nobody is bad until it has been preva" w) .a vwell as human

rights as defined by the Charter of The'United Nations net to


mention the Law of Christ."
Reliable sources report that Father Bernard is one of three Roman
Catholic Priests, who are considered undesirable residents, of renada
iby the Grenada Government. 'he other two are Father Gilbert
Coxhead and Father Francis Xavier Corp.' All three have been
outspoken against what they consider to be violations of human rights
in Grenada, and NEWSLeTTrR is reliably informed that prime Minister

Gairy has requested the Vatican to have then transferred from the

Complaining in his letter to Dr Friday, Father Bernard said he found
it especially hard to understand that, in his opinion, while

Government's practices in the matter of hiring teachers must disturb
the consciences of Civil Servants and Members of Commissions., many
of whom, he said, are Christian believers, these people had failed
to. biect.

"It has been recently repeatedly stated by the Church and leading
theologians of different denominations", he said, "that those who
comply without protest are equally responsible."

"As a minister of God", Father Bernard told the Minister of Education

"I call upon you, as the person ultimately responsible, to take
!immediate steps to have the situation rectified."
(408 words)


Inspector Irl Bishop, 48, of the Grenada Police Force is missing.

The Grenada Police have not issued a statement, there have been no
announcements on Radio Grenada and it is not known whether an

investigation is beihg carried out. Bishop is known to have been
seen on Sunday December 17th, but, what happened after that date is
unclear except that, by Christmas Day, his relatives had become

Inspector Bishop was the Officer-in-Charge of the Esplanade Police
iStation which is located in the heart of St.Georges' down-town

THE GRINADA W61,iLLu4RA 31.1 78 Page 2

its "present financial and other circumstances" did not permit

it to consider any increases in wages, and, on October 10th, the

Union submitted the matter to the Labour Commissioner in
accordance with provisions of the Essential Services Act.
In the course of its inquiry, the Tribunal found that, at 31st

December 1977, the Company had been in debt to the extent of

FC$4,011,121. This sum was spread over a bank overdraft and

loans from The Royal Bank of Canada, the West Indies Telephone

Service Co Ltd and Continental Telephone International

Finance Corporation.

"In recent times", the Tribunal said, "there has been an

improvement in the Company's. performance, judged by the net

income before and after taxes. In 11976, the

Company sustained a loss of EC#133,429; in 1977, however, it

returned a profit of EC41.69,406 before tax and ECt11.2,006
after tax. For the financial year ended December 31st

1978, the Company'a forecast indicates profits of EC$484,211
before tax and EC$204,211 after tax."

One .area of operation highlighted by the Tribunal is the need

to collect money owing by subscribers. According to the

Company's; 1977 Financial Statement, the total amount in arrears

amounted to some B03623,636, of which the Government of Grenada

owed EC#438,412 or 70%. By September 30th 1978, the

Government's debt had risen to EC$473,263.

"Due to the great need of the Company for capital", said the
Tribunal, "any improvement in its liquidity standing would

assist it to meet its current obligations."

Evidence before the Tribunal was that the Company has a total

line capacity of 3187, of which, at 31st October 1978, 3120

were in use. The Company's General Manager testified that

the remaining 67 lines would soon be distributed and there .is

current demand for 900 more.

Consideration is being given to expansion by installation of

THE GRONADA NzqWSLLTT1R 31 .12.78 page 5

shopping area. He lived at the Station and it is reported that his

wife ia in the United States and his children are in Grenada's sister

island of Carriacou.

Unconfirmed reports state that Inspector Bishop was in conflict with

his superiors over action he wished to take relative te information

he had concerning a burglary at a St.Georges department story early

in December. It is reported alse that, during the week prior to

December 17th, he was the subject of'epen taunts by known criminals.
(175 words)


At year's end, the dispute between the Bank & General Workers

Union (BGrU) and Barclays Bank was still unresolved.

BGWU is claiming recognition but, although a poll conducted by the

Labbur Commissioner disclosed that the Union represents the majority

of the workers, recognition has. not been granted. In protest,

Barclays' employees went on strike on December 15th and, until

December 31:at, were picketing the Bank's Head Office in St.Georgea.
(69 words)


The South Korean Ambassador, His Excellency Mr Choong Whey Koo, 49,

has presented his credentials ta Governor General Mr Paul Scoon.

Mr Koo, who arrived in Grenada during mid-December, has his

headquarters at the 4'orean Embassy in Caraeas, Venezuela. He

was accompanied by his wife and the First Secretary in the Caracas.

Korean Fmbassy, Mr Chang Keun Kim.
(54 words)


Governor General Mr Paul 8coon is to benefit from an Act passed

to mBke provision for his retirement from the Grenada Civil Service.

Mr Scoan, who left Grenada on secondment from the Grenada Civil

Service to the post of Deputy Director of the Commonwealth

Foundation, returned to the island on October 3rd as Governor General

His retirement from the Civil Service took effect on 30th September


THE GRuNADA NwaSLiTTz 31 .12. 78 page 6

The Pension (Paul Scoun) Act 1978, assented to on i)oember 28th,
makes provision that, for the purpose of calculating the pension,

the period served with the Commonwealth Foundation shall be take

as. pensionable service.
BA (103 words).


Government has repealed the Prickly Bay Port Act.

This Act, passed in 1972, made Prickly Bay (or Lance aux Epines

harbour) a port of entry for pleasureo yachts only". Located
on the island's. south coast, Prickly Bay is. the site of a mafita
and its creation as a port of entry was-considered a boon to


Reliable sources state that the staffing and operation of a
branch of the Customs and Immigration Departments was creating

problems fou Government and, for this, reason, the decision was

taken to repeal the Act. The same sources say that

Government has. since given further thought o .h'.e mlqtr and

it ia likely that Brickly Bay will return to the status of a

port of entry.

The Prickly Bay (Repeal) Act 1.978 was assented to on December

28th, but, up to December 31st, prickly Bay was attll being

operated .as a port of entry.
(152 words)


The last statistics given for cruise liners were in NEWSLaTnTR

for the week ending December 16th .and were for the week ending

December 9th.

Arrivals for the last three weeks of the year were :-
December 12th "Europa" ) i L) 456 Passengers) Week
,13th "Flavia" 558 do ) Ending
15th "Americania" 360 do ) 16.12.78
December 17th "Stella Oceania" 188 Passengers. Week
19th "Veendam" Z) gi 545 do ) ending
22nd "Jupiter" 340 do 23.12.78
23rd "Stella Maris" 180 do
December 25th "Dalmacija" 227 Passengers) Week
26th "Angelina Lauro" -830 do )Ending
26th "Rotterdam" ," 1,407 do ) 0.12.78
30th "Doric" 703 do
(continue )


After December -50th-, I oitTer cflise Tiners arrived before the end
of the year. They were the "Stella Oceanis" and the "Stella
Varies both arriving on December 31st and carrying 275 and 178

passengers respectively.

The total number of cruise liner visitors (CLV) arriving in Grenade

during December was 9,202, making the total TV for 1978 125,598.

In 1977, total CLV for December was 14,495 and the total for the
year was 109,879. This reflects a decrease in December 1978 of

36.5% from the 1977 figure, but the total CLV for 1978 is 14.3% up
from th6 total for 1977.

During December 1978, there were 20 cruise liner calls compared wit

22 during the corresponding month in 1977. The total number of

cplls in 1977 was '179, and the total number in 1978 was 191


The last statistics given for bananas were in NEWSLETTER of

December 16th and were for the shipment by "Geestcrest" of December


The S S "Geesttide" was scheduled to load in the week ending 23rd

December, and notice was given to banana producers to cut fruit.
The boxing plants received 946,607 lbs of bananas and, of this

amount, 5070 boxes weighing 159,283 Ibs arrived on the docks.
There were 55 boxes of rejected fruit.

"Geesttide", however, did not arrive. A spokesman for Goest

Industries Ltd told NEWSLETTER that the ship encountered a.severe

gale and was forced to spend several days in Barbados effecting

repairs. When seaworthy again, "Geesttide" loaded bananas at
St.Vincent and St.Lucie only.

the Grenada Banana COoperative Society (GECS) paid producers TFC 14

on the weight of fruit received at the boxing plants, and efforts

were made to dispose of the fruit locally. It is understood that
there was considerable loss.

Tie boxing plant weight for the shipment by "Geestcrest" on


12th was 693,147 lbs, pnd on the shipment by "'o-etland" on

December 3rd, it was 600,046 lbs.

On the shipment by "Geestcrest" on December 12th, Geest Industries
paid GBCS ECo 28.154.

The S S "Geeststar" sailed on December 26th with 11,711 boxes

of fruit weighing 365,384 lbs. There were 266 boxes of

rejected fruit. GBCS paid producers EOC 14 per pound on

402,892 lbs received at the boxing plants. Geest Industries
paid GBCS ECe 28.671.

lhe total weight of bananas shipped in 1978 was 31,329,521 Ibs

valued at EC$9,408,509.05.


The usual end-of-year NEWSLETTER supplement is attached to and

!forms part of this issue, Volume 6 Number 34, for 31st ppemaber


As customary, this supplement includes a Chronological Catalogue

of major events covered by NEWSLETTER during the past year.

This year, efforts have have been made to produce a Catalogue
which is more complete than those in the past, and some of the

events included may not be considered "major". For subscribers

who maintain a ETWSLETTER file for reference, however, this
expansion of the Catalogue should prove useful.

A new feature of the supplement is the Alphabetical Index. This,
too, will facilitate reference and, when the subject is known,
will save the tedious search of the Catalogue for details.

One further refinement has been made to the supplement and that

is the inclusion of page numbers in both the Catalogue and Index.

It should be noted that these numbers refer to the page on which
the relevant newsstory starts. When there are two relevant
newsstories on the same page, this is indicated thus1 (2),-after

the nage number.


Total Founds
Shipped to .."'* "


December 31,9w,
November 29,564,
October 26,133,
September 23,926,
Pugust 21,902,
July 19,028,
June 16,434,
May 13,653,
April 10,292,
March 8,156,
February 5,720,
January 2,564

Total Dollars (FC)
Earned to ...

December 8,505
November 7,891
October 6,874
Se pt4mber 6,219
August 5,590
July 4,722
June 3,983
M~y 3,171
April; 2,233
March 1,68C
February 1,125
January 50'


, 370

1.12.78 rae 9 9.


51,329,521 -Down .9
29,805,398 I Up .81
27,881,052 -- I p 6.68
25, 603,992 --- Up 7.01,
23,814,791 u- Up 8.72
21,273,037 lUp 7.200
18,748,730 Up 14.08
15,369,158 1. Up 12.73
12,532,604 f 1 Up 21.76,
9,576,104 ': -- up 17.4
6,769,839 Up 18.53
3,711,002 j Up 44.72

1978 *'
9,408,509 Up 10.64
8,967,352 '.-- Up 13.60
8,382,571 .. Up 22.85,
7,640,980 Up 25.86
7,036,196 -- Up 30.85
6,180,346 Up 34.51
5,349,667 -- Up 34.26
4,257,57 7 Up 52.03
3,395,955 ui-- p 50.590
2,530,502 up 57.59
1,773,422 '-- Up 57.57
961,909 Up 89.729
*. -

Alister Hughes
19th January 1978

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