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The Grenada newsletter
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A. & C. Hughes
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Volume. 7 Number
For Tha Webk Ending February 3rd.1979: .
7th Year of Publication - - 199th Issue

Produced & Printed by Alister & Cynthia Hughes
P 0 Box 65, St.Georges, Grenada, Westindies


Prime Minister Gairy has expressed disapproval of Barclays Bank

Manager, Mr P R Davies-Evans, and Mr Davies-Evans has left Grenada.

This development is associated with the continuing dispute between

Barclays and the Bank & General Workers Union (BGWU) over the question

of recognition, and it came soon after Mr Davies-Evans' residence was

firebombed on the evening of January 20th.

Since last October, workers at Barclays have been seeking recognition

for their union, the BGWU. A poll conducted by the Labour

Commissioner disclosed that over 70% of Barclayst employees belonged

to BGWU, but the law does not compel recognition and the Bank.

continues to withhold recognition.

Sources close to the Bank told NEWSLETTER that Barclays would

recognize BGWU, but this recognition must be in the form of a

"Recognition Agreement". The main feature of that Agreement would

be that disputes be settled by a "Joint Negotiating Council" on which

the Bank and Union would have equal representation. If this

Council failed to resolve the dispute, the matter would be submitted

to the Labour Commissioner.

According to the draft "Recognition Agreement", subjects for

negotiation by the "Joint Negotiating Council" would be limited to

1. Rates of pay, overtime & allowances

2. Length of annual holidays and attendant conditions

3. Hours of work

4. Uniforms & protective clothing

5. Conditions in Premises

6 Sick leave

The draft "Recognition Agreement" says also that "Union.
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representatives, not being full time pad -dficials of the Union,

are first and foremost employees of the Bank and, as such, their

first and prime responsibility is to carry out the duties

delegated to them as employees of the Bank".


NEWSLETTER understands that the principle of a "Recognition

Agreement" is unacceptable to BGWU. Sources close to the

union say that "unqualified recognition" is required, following

which, all conditions of work and related matters can be


rclays employees went on strike on December 15th in support

of their demands for recognition of BGWU, remaining out and

picketing the Bank's Head Office in St.Georges until Tuesday

January 9th. Meanwhile, developments took place which

involved the Grenada Christian Council in this dispute.

Barclays Bank wrote to the Labour Commissioner on January 3rd

accepting that his poll indicated majority support for BGWU.

"However", said the Bank, "recognition can be based on actual

membership only and not on mere sympathy". In this connection

the Labour Commissioner was asked for further assistance.

1On the same day (3rd), the Bank wrote to BGWU also saying that

the stage had been reached "where it is necessary to be assured

that at least 50% of our clerical staff are fully paid up members

of your union". The letter said this assurance could be

achieved only by reference to the Union's records, and suggested

that the Labour Commissioner inspect the Union's books and report

to both parties.

The following day, January 4th, a BGWU delegation called on

Ir Robert Robinson, the Labour Commissioner, requesting that the

Union's books be examined in accordance with the Bank's

requirement. This delegation comprised Mr Maurice Bishop, the

iUnion's legal advisor, and Messrs Daniel Robert and Richardson

iDonald, BGWU Secretary Wsd Treasurer respectively. However,

?ccordiing to a BGWU spokesman, the Labour .Commissi er refused

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to do this as he had been instructed by the Minister of Labour,

Mr Roy St.John, to take no action in the matter.

The striking employees returned to work on January 10th. The

Bank's Management raised no objection and they resumed normal

employment. And, on the same day, BGWU made another effort to

get the Labour Commissioner to check the Union's books.

Mr Vincent Noel, BGWU President, called on Mr Robinson and, according

to Mr Noel, was told that the Minister of Labour had given permission

or the Union's records to be checked. Mr Robinson asked that the

books be brought in, but, when they were taken to the Labour Office

later that day, Mr Robinson said he could no accept them without

further reference to the Minister. Mr Noel said that, when he

checked later on with Mr Robinson, he was told there was no change in

Ithe situation.

New developments took place on January llth. Requested by BGWU,

the Grenada Christian Council (GCC) examined the books of the Union.

he approach was made by Mr Noel to Anglican Archdeacon Hoskins

uggins, Chairman of GCC, and Mr Noel told NEWSLETTER he had taken

his step because his Union "had misgivings about the situation at

he Ministry of Labour". His Union, he said, wished to have an
impartial Body check the records.

Honest Thing

GCC found that 34 of Barclays' 50 workers were financial members of

BGWU and, in a statement published in the Press, urged the Bank "to

speedily do the only decent and honest thing that should be done now:

that the Union be officially recognized

On the same day (llth) that GCC examined the Union's records, the

books were taken to the Labour Commissioner with a formal letter

requesting his examination of them. This time, they were

accepted and, according to a BGWU spokesman, Mr Robinson went through,

them immediately, arriving at the same figures as GOC. Mr Robinson

told the Union then, however, that the matter had to be referred to

Sthe Minister before the result of his examination could be put into

writing, and Mr Noel told NEWSLETTER that, when he checked *ith
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Mr Robinson a few days later, the Labour Comissioner saiifd .h..

matter was in the Minister's hands.

There was an incident on the evening of Saturday 20th January which

appears to be connected with this industrial dispute. Barclays

Manager, Mr Davies-Evans, was at home with his wife at their

residence at Lance aux Epines on the island's south coast.

About 10.00 pm, the Davies-Evans noticed a smell of burning and

then heard gun-shots. Running from the house, they hid in

nearby bushes, from which point they saw their home on fire but

saw no one.

NEWSLETTER visited the scene next day (21st). From examination

it appeared that two shot gun blasts and one pistol shot had

been directed against the front wall of the house. A car and

a section of the house was destroyed by fire. Mr Davies-Evans

was not available for comment, but a Barclays spokesman said an

unsuccessful attempt had been made to set fire to another car in

the yard.

On the same evening, an attempt was made also to set fire to the

home of Mr Denby DeFreitas, a senior official of the Bank.

Mr Defreitas lives in St.Pauls, a suburb of St.Georges, and it

is reported that"Molotov cocktails" thrown at his home failed

to ignite.


Five members of BGWU were arrested two days after these

incidents. They were Messrs Vincent Noel, President,

Daniel Roberts, Secretary, Richardson Donald, Treasurer,

Nehru Lalsee and Martin David. No charges were made

against them, but they were kept in custody for 48 hours and

released on the 24th.

Another BGWU member was arrested on the 24th. He is Mr Carl

Griffith who was dismissed by Barclays on November 23rd for

"incompetence". Mr Griffith contends that his dismissal was

because of his BGWU membership and has filed a case against the

Bank. He, too, was held in custody for 48 hours before

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being released. No charges were made against him.

Public opinion is divided over these acts of terrorism. Some

quarters hold that elements favourable to BGWU committed the acts.

However, Government has branded BGWU as "communist inspired" and

there is opinion that elements favourable to Government engineered

the attacks to discredit the Union.

In a Radio Grenada broadcast on January 29th, Prime Minister Gairy

said the Bank Manager had to be blamed for the attack on his house.

"The Police are fully aware of the patterns and systems adopted by

Communist leaders", Mr Gairy said, "and so the dwelling premises of

Barclays Bank Manager were properly covered by men visible and in

hiding". The Prime Minister said 21 men were posted but ?

Mr Davies-Evans had requested that they be.moved as he thought a

guard was unnecessary. -

"The Police had no alternative-but to withdraw all 21 men", Mr Gairy

said, "hence the culprits committed arson, fired bullets at the walls

and got away without being apprehended. The Manager has done other,

things inimical to the interest of security and good government, and

I shall recommend his removal immediately after the Court case

currently pending".

The case referred to is that brought by Mr Carl Griffith against the

Bank for wrongful dismissal, but Mr Davies-Evans has not remained for

this. On Monday 29th January, Mr Karl Haywood of Barclays

regional Head Office in Barbados, arrived in the island to head the

Grenada operation, and Mr Davies-Evans left on Wednesday 31st.


In his broadcast, Mr Gairy criticized the Grenada Christian Council

for interesting themselves in the dispute. "Over the last few

years", he said, "we have got the impression that some militant and

over-ambitious people do and say things, in what they regard as the

modern way, contrary to all established principles, social and

political ethics and, in some way, contrary to the law of the land,

but, when faced with some measure of resistance, they call upon their


THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 3.2.79 Page 6

Parents, relatives and in-laws who, in most cases. are pillars

of the Churches, and who, in turn, bring pressure on the Heads

of Churches to interfere and do things completely outside their

call of duty."

It is not the role of any Church to assist a trade union to get

recognition, he said, and he thought the Heads of the Roman

Catholic, Anglican, Methodist and Presbyterian Churches (those

who examined the BGWU books) were out of place in a trade union

matter. The Bank did not wish the Churches to "interfere",

he said, and he suggested that their efforts would be better

spent in reestablishingg some sort of discipline and decorum

in the Church, particularly in matters relating to dress

behaviour, and doing something to win members back into the

Church in consequence of the dwindling membership."

The Prime Minister referred to the role played last year by

GCC in resolving the deadlock in an industrial dispute between

Government and Government's monthly paid workers. "One may,

in fairness, say the Churches helped in settling the impasse

between Government and the Unions last year", he said, "This

is true, and we shall ever be grartful, but this was the

result of a joint request by Government and the Unions. This

is certainly not the case this time."


In his address, Mr Gairy said the dispute must not be considered

as "one between the Bank and the staff, but between the people

of Grenada who deal with the Bank and a handful of Communists who

want to take control of gur banking institutions."

Those who are pronouncing judgement against the Bank", he

continued, "have conspicuously failed to make mention about

the appalling, disgusting and bscene placards displayed by those

to whom they are giving solace today, about the bold and

horrifying act of open arson and about the display of terrorism

in our peaceful country."

The Prime Minister then referred to interviews conducted by the
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SLabour Commissioner at Barclays Bank on January 26th, which

interviews have been objected to by BGWU.

Mr Gairy said the Union's books were examined by the Labour

Commissioner and he found they showed a financial membership of 32,

which is 61% of Barclays' staff. "One must ask", he said, which

trade union leader seeking recognition would present books showing

less than 50% ?" The Prime Minister said the Labour Commissioner

had an obligation to ascertain "by actual fact" whether these figures

are correct and, to this end, he conducted interviews with workers at


"Because of a wrong and thoughtless move on the part of Management",

the Prime Minister said, "only 16 of the 32 workers came into that

private coom to be interviewed. The interviews revealed that, of

the 16 interviewed, 7 were financial members while 9 were not even

members of the Union."

BGWU wrbte the Manager of Barclays

the holding of these interviews.

"unprecedented" and "unethical".

"that what was actually done was t]

your office to answer whether or n

on January 29th protesting against

According to BGWU, they were

"We understand" said thh letter,

hat staff members were sent into

ot they are members of our Union."

BGWU told Mr Davies-Evans it thought the Labour Commissioner was

"intimidating members of our Union into saying they are not members".

BGWU said, despite the Bank's circular to staff denying it had any

part in the proceedings, it felt the Bank was involved. The.

Labour Commissioner coAld not conduct interviews in the Manager's

office without the Manager's request or consent, the Union said.

Closing his broadcast, Mr Gairy said it is his responsibility to

protect the lives of citizens and "to bring to justice those who

continue with their dastardly acts of terrorism". He had given

instructions that all Government vehicles'are to be at the disposal

of the POlice, he said, for "an exercise of concerted vigilance and

action against the Communist terrorists in our State with a,

capturing the culprits ...." (continued) '
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NEWSLETTER spoke today *(2ha) with both the Labour Commissioner

Mr Robert Robinson, and BGWU President, Mr Vincent Noel. The

Labour Commissioner said he was unable to say anything except

that the results of his examination of the Union's books are in

Sthe hands of the Minister of Labour, Mr Roy St.John who will

release them at his discretion.


Mr Noel said his Union is concerned because Barclays "had not

acted in good faith", and the Ministry had not performed its

duties "in a manner calculated to bring about a just settlement."

"It appears that a stalemate exists., now", he said, "but there

are other avenues open to us and these are being explored."

Thirteen organizations have, so far, expressed support for

BGWO, six based in Grenada and seven abroad. The local

ones are the Grenada Union of Teachers, the Civil Service

Association, the Grenada Assembly of Youth, St.Georges

Progressive Women' Association, the New Jewel Movement and

the Commercial & Industrial Workers Union.

The organizations based abroad are the Oilfield Workers Trade

Union of Trinidad, the Caribbean Congress of Labour, End Loans

To South Africa, Caribbean Labour Solidarity of London, the

National Union of Bank Employees in the United Kingdom, the

Bank & General Workers Union of Trinidad & Tobago, and the

Transport & Industrial Workers Union of Trinidad & Tobago.
(2390 words)


Sources close to the the Grenada Christian Council (GCC) told

NEWSLETTER today (3rd) that the Roman Catholic and Anglican

Authorities have turned down a request from prime Minister

Gairy that they read an Independence Day message from him in

the churches on Sunday February 4th.

SThe sources said the sbven page address was sent today (3rB)

to the Heads of all Churches in Grenada and a meeting was


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called immediately of representatives of thg noman Catholic, Anglican

Methodist and Presbyterian Churches. The Anglican and Roman

Catholic representatives expressed the view that the address was a

"political document" and it would not be read in their Churches. The

Methodist representative thought the first and last pages could be

read and the Presbyterian was undecided.

This Independence Day message from the Prime Minister, after its

formal opening, points out "the accelerated movement to independence

which Grenada set as a pattern five years ago". It points out

some of the benefits achieved by independence and speaks of "the

greater struggles which lie ahead if we are to increase the wellbeing

of all and sustain our land as a free and democratic country, devoid

of strange and imported ideas and ideologies."

Divine Strength

The next seven paragraphs give definitions of what independence means.

Basically, these paragraphs set out the many ways in which Grenadians

now have responsibility for their country. And Mr Gairy says the

struggle to gain this responsibility, the "struggle for freedom and

power has, by no means, been an easy one; the struggle has been one

that has called for an infusion of Divine strength of character, ,

courage and fortitude ...."

Mr Gairy says also that "independence means the inculcation of a new

set of values that would give due regard to the importance of

ownership to encourage, support and protect private enterprise;

appreciating, identifying and recognizing the need for maximum

productivity and condemning laAness; an obligation to uproot

obstructionism, Mlicihs strikes and strife."

ter listing lore achievements of which Grenadians might be proud,

including "my own success in th United nations" the Prime Minister 's

address referred to Grenada's international standing. "The love,

friendship, esteem and respect that Grenada receives from the various

nations of 4he world have come about not y chance but by God's special,

races and blessings upon our country", he said, "and his continuing

inspiration infused in my leadership as tead of the smallest member


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of the United Nations Organisation."

iConcluding, the address said the Churches have an important role

to disseminate Christian principles and virtues, and in helping

the poor. And, in what appears to be a reference to the recent
firebombing of Barclays Bank Manager's residence, he pointed out

what he thought was another obligation of the Churches.

"The Church cannot afford to be passive when there are instances

of open violence and vandalism in our community", he said, "the

display of strength of arms 'by plastering two buildings with

bullet holes, and I call upon the Church to assist Government

in maintaining peace and security for all in our Nation."

The Prime Minister's address ends with a call for rededication,

"so that, ever conscious of God, we might continue to aspire,

build and advance as one people."
(515 words)

Police Inspector Iri Bishop has now (3rd) been missing for 46

days. He was last seen on December 19th and nothing has

been seen or heard of him since.

NEWSLETTER went today to the east coast district of La Tante,

some 14 miles from St.Georges, and spoke Vith Mr Thomas Bishop

(70) and with Mrs Monica Andrews, the Inspector's father and

sister respectively. It was learned*that Inspector Bishop

has given 30 years of service to the Grenada PoAe Ace and,

at the time of his disappearance, was Officer-in-charge of

the Esplanade Police Station which is located in the heart

of the St.Gaorges down-town shopping are,.

It was learned also that the Inspector lived in at the Esplanade

Police Station and that his An Wilbur Bishop, a member of he

Gircnada Volunteer Constabulary, lived with him.



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"On the afternoon of December 17th", Mr Thomas Bishop told NEWSLETTER,I

"Iri attended the military funeral of ex-serviceman Keith Mancini

who was buried in St.Davids Parish. Assistant Superintendent of

Police Anthony 'Lucky' Bernard told me that, after the funeral, my

son did not seem to be well. 'Luckyt said he was not speaking

normally and he took him to the casualty department at the General

Hospital where an East Indian doctor gave gave him an injection."

Inspector Bishop is married and he and his wife have 8 children.

Mrs Bishop has been in the United States of America for some two

years and Mr Thomas Bishop said it had been hoped that the Inspector

and the children would join her in due course. Seven of the

children live in Grenada's sister island of Carriacou and, after

the Inspector had received the injection, ASP Bernard took him back

to the Esplanade Police Station to the other child, Wilbur (16).

Mrs Monica Andrews told NEWSLETTER that, after her brother had been

missing for some days, she went to St.Georges and spoke with her

nephew Wilbur. He told her that, as usual, he had slept in the

same room with his father on the night of December 18th, and his

father had left him there early the next morning. "Wilbur told

me that Iri said something to him as he was leaving the room",

Mrs Andrews said, "but Wilbur was still half asleep at that time and

he does not remember what it was."

Mrs Andrews says she called alo on Acting Commissioner of Police

Osbert James and asked for information, but he was unable to give

any. Mr James told her, she said, that investigations were being

made. "I asked #e Commissioner to put out a call on Radio

Grenada asking if anyone had seen Iri", Mrs Andrews said, "but he

said he couldn't do that. He said that Iri is a big man and he

is sick #ith his nerves and he couldn't put that kind of call on the


Both Mr Thomas Bishop and Mrs Andrews said that, as far as they

knew, Inspector P. shop had never had a nervous breakdown and they

had said this to ASP Bernard when he had called at their La Tante

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home on December 27th to find out whether Inspector Rishop was

there. ASP Bernard told them, they said, that he had called

at the Esplanade Police Station on December 19th to take the

Inspector back to the doctor, but he Sad not found him there.

Mr Bishop and Mrs Andrews said ASP Bernard was the only policeman

who had asked them any questions since the Inspector's


A persistent unconformed report is that Inspector Bishop's

disappearance is connected with a burglary at a St.Georges

department store last October. According to the report,

Inspector Bishop had information linking certain known criminals,

former members of the State-paid "mongoose gang", with the

robbery. It is said that these criminals may have information

about the disappearance.

(623 words)


Reverend Leopold Baynes, St.Vincent born Anglican priest in

charge of St.Andrews Parish, was stopped and searched by the

Police last Sunday evening (27th).

Reverend Baynes was returning from a service at St.Pauls when

the incident happened. In an exclusive interview with

NEWSLETTER today (2nd), he said that it happened about 7.30 pm

near the St.Davids Police Station, and .t had come as a

complete surprise.

"I was stopped by a uniformed policeman accompanied by four

plain clothes men", Reverend Baynes said, "and I was asked to

pull to the side of the road as they wished to search for arms
and ammunition. I was dressed in my cassock and they made

no attempt to search my person or the person of my companion,

Eugene Humphrey, but a thorough search was made of my car."

Reverend Baynes had been thfguest preacher at St.Pauls that

afternoon when the conversion of St.Paul was being commemorated.

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Sources close to the St.Pauls congregation express the opinion that

Reverend Baynes' sermon may have offended the authorities. In his

sermon, he is reported to have said that Caribbean leaders should

remember that true development must involve Man, and Reverend

Baynes is reported to have expressed the opinion that Grenadians,and

Westindians generally, may be suffering from the fact that they have

elected "unchanged, unconverted and uncommitted" men to govern then.
(235 words)


The International Labour Organisation (ILO) conducted a workshop in

Grenada over the period 8th to llth January. Financed by the

Danish International Development Agency, the workshop was on the

policies, structures and programmes for small enterprise development

in the Caribbean, and organisation was in the hands of the Caribbean

Employers Confederation and the Grenada Employers Federation.

Attending the workshop were representatives of employer

organizations in Antigua, the Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, the

British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica,

Montserrat, St.Lucia, St.Vincent, Suriname and Trinidad & Tobago.

Direction of the workshop was done by Mr George Kanawaty, Chief of

ILO's Management Development Branch in Geneva, and, in an exclusive

interview with NEWSLETTER, he said that insufficient attention is

paid to small business. "Plans are made for large investment

projects", he said, "plans are made fq extensive development

efforts, but little effort is directed to the small enterprise


Mr Kanawaty said consideration of a "multitude of actions" must be

given to development of small enterprises, and he cited training,

extension of credit, consultant and advisorary services, building

of industrial estates and the provision of technological and other

supporting activities. "We expect this workshop to produce a

plan of action in the Caribbean which will go out in sort of

ripAes and intensify as time goes by."


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An independent,popsultant will visit each participant in tho

workshop later this year. That visit will be to determine

how well the experience gained at the workshop has been

utilised, and to determine what, if any, follow-up action is

(259 words)


The Technical & Allied Workers Union (TAWU) has protested

against the appointment of Mr T C Payne as a member of the

Arbitration Tribunal to consider the industrial dispute between

TAWU and the Central Water Commission (CWC)

Mr Payne is a member of CWC's Board of Directors and TAWU holds

that, in the interest of natural justice, he should not be a

member of a Tribunal appointed to consider a dispute in which

the Commission is involved.

This Tribunal was appointed last December 12th with Mr Herbert

Squires, barrister, as chairman. Nominated by TAWU is Mr

Daniel Williams, barrister, and Mr T C Payne, retired Civil

Servant, was nominated by CWC.

The terms of reference include consideration of proposals

made by TAWU to amend the existing Industrial Agreement to

affect vacation and sick leave, allowances, health and pension

schemes and wages. In cinection with the last item, TAWU

proposes that monthly paid employees' salaries be revised in

accordance with increased salaries given to Civil Servants last

year, and daily paid employees be given 50% increase.

TAWU proposes also that the new Agreement come into effect from

1st March 1978 for a two year period.

The Tribunal met briefly for the first time on January 25th and

adjourned to permit the Chairman to attend a High Court sitting

Where he had a matter. There was another meeting of the


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Tribunal on the 26th at which TAWU raised its objections to Mr Payne.

Mr Curtis Stewart, TAWU President, told NEWSLETTER today (3rd), that

Mr Squires has communicated TAWU's objection to the Minister of

Labour, but, to date, he has heard nothing more.
(274 words)


Government has not yet released the Report of the Arbitration

Tribunal which considered the industrial dispute between Grenada

Electricity Services (GES) and the Technical & Allied Workers

Union (TAWU).

NEWSLETTER is reliably informed that the Report was delivered to the

Minister of Labour more than two weeks ago, but,to date (3rd), TAWU

President, Mr Curtis Stewart, said he had not seen a copy.

This Tribunal was appointed on December 12th, and its terms of

reference covered two matters. These were to inquire into and

report on

1. Failure of GES to meet with the Union to sign the new

Collective Agreement which had been agreed upon, and

2. The Company's refusal to re-employ the laid-off workers

now that Government has approved an increase in the tariff

of electricity rates.

The workers referred to were retrenched last June when GES said the

Company's financial position had continued to worsen and "the

position has now been reached where the very survival of the Company

is threatened". In spite of intervention by the Minister of

Labour, the 21 workers retrenched were not reemployed.

Government approved an increase in the tariff of electricity rates

and these went into effect on August 1st 1978. The increase was

ECC 5 per unit on all categories of charge, plus increases in some

basic charges.Mr W R. Lord, GES Manager, told NEWSLFTTER at the time

that these increases are particularly necessary now as the Company

must invest in a new generator in 1981

THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 3.-.74.9 -t

Members of the- Tfibunal were Mr Elvin St.Bernard, retired Puisne

Judge, Chairman, Mr Adrian Date, retired Puisne Judge, nominated

by GES, and Mr George Brizan economist, nominated by TAWU.

The Tribunal first met on January 3rd and held meetings on 4th,

5th and 6th, finally closing its hearings on January 8th. TAWU

President, Mr Curtis Stewart and barrister Mr Daniel Williams

appeared for the Union while barrister Mr H E L Hosten appeared

for GES.

GES is jointly owned by the Commonwealth Development Corporation

(CDC) and the Government of Grenada, CDC holding 59.3% of the

(343 words)


The 3rd Session of Grenada's 2nd Parliament will not be opened

at Parliament Building in St.Georges. Instead, Governor

General Mr Paul Scoon has decreed that the opening will take

place at Queen's Park, the recreation grounds just north of the


This innovation is part of the island's celebration of its 5th

anniversary of independence, and the opening will take place on

February 7th in a specially constructed pavillion. This event

will coincide with a children's rally at Quedn's Park and, in

addition, hundreds of people have been invited to be present.


NEWSLBTTER is reliably informed that Members of Parliament

belonging to the New Jewel Movement (NJM) will boycott this

opening of Parliament. It is reported that the Order Paper

includes no participation in the proceedings by the Opposition,

and sources close to NJM say the occasion is a "prostitution

of Parliament to promote the political ends of the Party in


It is not known whether the Grenada National Party and United

Peoples' Party members of the Opposition will attend.
(170 words)

THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 3.2.79 Page 17

Mr Raymond Anthony,32, has been appointed Grenada's High Commissioner

to London. Mr Anthony succeeds Mr Oswald Gibbs who was "sent on

leave" by Prime Minister Gairy last July 1st following what Mr Gairy

is reported to have described as "two cardinal sins" committed by

Mr Gibbs.

The London newspaper, "Westindian World',' reported Mr Gairy as saying

that these sins were that, in a private conversation with Queen

Elizabeth, he failed to "concentrate his attention on his Prime

Minister, and he changed the conversation introduced by the Queen.

Following Mr Gibbs departure, Grenada born London based Mr Roy

Philli's acted in the post, but it is reported that his appointment

was not acceptable to the British Government.

Mr Anthony will present his credentials after Mr Gibbs has taken

formal leave of the Queen.
(130 words)


Five Grenadians were mentioned in the Queen's New Year Honours List.

Miss F A I Rapier was made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order

of the British Empire (OBE) and Dr Lloyd Alexis became a Member of

the same Order (MBE).

The British Empire Medal was awarded to Messrs Lloyd Munrp, Charles

Francis, Joseph Vincent Roberts and Cuthbert Emmanual Vincent.
(61 wo S)


A new schedule of postage rates came into effect on January 1st, but

there has been no change in the air mail rates ro Commonwealth

Caribbean countries These remain at ECC 15 per'half-ounce for

first class mail and ECC 10 per half ounce for second class iail.

The first laps-air letter rate to Australia, New Zealand and
,i ,(contwue d)

THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 3.2.79 Page X&

k wan has bee .u uced from EC$1.O0 per half ounce to EC90

per half ounce, but this rate to the USA and Britain has moved

up from ECO35 to EC440 per hail ounce.'

Postage rates were last revised in 1974 and took effect on

January 1st 1975.
(105 words)

The Anglican Province of the Westindies has set up a small

committee to give it guidance in the field of Human Rights.

This committee met in Trinidad on 23rd and 24th January under

the Chairmanship of the Bishop if Trinidad & Tobago, the Right

Reverend Clive Abdulah and, in an exclusive interview with-.*

NEWSLETTER on 24th, Bushop Abdulah said the main topic discussed

had been social justice in the Caribbean.

"For some years now", he said, "the Church has been engaging

this matter, but t*,iss the first time we have met to put our

thoughts down on paper and to exercise our minds in terms of

some guidelines for theProvincial Synod which meets in
Antigua later this year *

Bishop Abdulah mentioned especially a paper presented to the

committee by Dr Neville Linton of the Caribbean Conference of

Churches.. ie said this covered "the background to the

Caribbean situation, the kind of people we are, where we came

from and the problems which face us". That paper was

discussed tog0 er with one presented by Bishop Abdulah on the

theological issues involved in human rights.

"We have come up with the recommendation that the Province
'must set up a programme to educate both the Clergy and the

Laity in terms of where we are, who we are and what we ought

to be doing so that the human rights within the framework of

our milieu might be fully expressed", he said.

(cOntinued) ...

THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 3.2.79 _. ie19

Ref endations of this committee will be presented Le the Anglican

provincial Synod which meets in May in Antigua.
(262 words) ,


The Windward Islands exported 132,539 tons of bananas lasc year and

the FOB value of this crop exceeded EC$50 million.

These'figures are disclosed in a recent Windward Islands Banana

Association (WINBAN) release which gives the export tonnage for 1975

to 1977 as 90,390 tons, 120,593 tons and 111,142 tons respectively.

WINBAN said also that the figure for 1970 was 141,460 tons and that

the highest tonnage ever produced was in 1969 when exports amounted

to 198,13 tons.

According to the release, the island by island breakdown of last

year's tonnage is St.Lucia 50,216, Dominica 37,8, St.Vincent 30,407i

and Grenada 14,530. The figure given for Grenada is approximately

1.2 million pounds more that NEWSLETTER's statistics which are

compiled on a weekly basis. It is noted, however, that the total

Sthe weights given by WINBAN for the four islands is approximately

million pount more that the quoted total of 132,539 tons. This

appears to reflect a clerical error and may account for the

if prence between NEWSLETTER's figures and those given by WINBAN.

WINBAN expresses the opinion that the experience of this decade has

brought home the importance of proper water and soil observation

practices and the Association says these problems are being tackled

vigorously. "With the proper harnessing of our water resources",

the release says, "it is anticipated that, by 1981, the Islands will
a 1
together produce and maintain annually a level of 160,000 tons of

boxed bananas."
(224 words)


Statistics covering banana shipments in January are not yet

available. ?.WSLETTER regrets this and hopes the information,.
i. t.

THE GlBtPk NBWSLWttta Week- Endiig 3.2'.79 2

sbe ready fci next week's issue.


putting the period 1st to 27th January, 23 cruise liners called

at Grenada. These liners brought 13,058 passengers and

Sa .ivals were as follows :-

2nd "Angelina Lauro"
3rd, "Maxim Gorki
4th., "Britanis"

January 8th "Stella Maris"
9th "Angelina Lauro"
"Alexander: Pushkin"
"World Renaissance"
S 11lth "Ivan France"
12th "Sagafjord"



14th "StAla Oceanis"
15th "Dalmacija"
16th "Cunard Countess"
"Angelina Lauro"
"Stella Maris"
18th "Jupiter'
19th "Fairwind"

22nd *s.airsea"
23rd ."Angelina Lauro"
24th "Stella Maris"

734 Passengers
641 do
626 do
1470 do
3471 Week ending 6.1.79
180 Passendgrs
723 do
628. do
503 do
309 do
595 do
391 do
3329 Week ending 13.1.79
261 Passengers
803. do
i44' do
630 do
610 do
165 do
587 do
342 do
827 do
4469 Week ending 20.1.79
876 Passengers
741 do
172 do
1789 Week ending 27.1.79

ster as
3rd ruary 1979


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