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SThe Grenada Newsletter Saturday 9th May 1992 Page 6

PIERRE From Page 5

recession. Somen problems can be ,laid at amid a conflict of applause and der
that door, be said, but he enumerated other laughter
. asn he said ae responsible for Grenaa' Rendered Service
:rse-nt difficulties. TUC President Pierre said, in an intei
All And Sundry vith NEWSLETTER that, each May
IThese, he said, are large contracts persons : ho I-ve
i,.gwren out to friends of the National ordered service to
i o ratic Congress, the political the TrBad Urion in povr, political inter- I, Move meant are in- *
-erence in the Public Service l, vited to the cele- f
Sre-sutling in misnr.anagement, vast R /
and low productivity, no proper *
e c n mi c plan, duty free con- rations
ces sions to "all and 0 Sir Eric
Sundry" aind present
tax free holi- tnhat

'Regardless of world "World recession is just a very convenient
recession we would still excuse for oor performance"
e faced with mismanagment, no city
economic plan, lack of initiative,
vacillation and ineptitude," Mr Pierre Sources close to TUC said the init
sai~, "and vorld recession is just a very to Sir Eric was not unanimously
-onvenient emuse for poor performance, ported, either n the TUC or among
and structural adjustment for lack of rank ant file, and at least one memt
ideas and non-caring arrogant, ani- the TUC Eecutive refused to sit o
worker attitud-es official platform with Sir Eric.
1Zfri-c rFi'ron Tha Pe iotnr

r E.,zel Thomas, Grenada's Minister of
Labotur. as invited to attend the celebrations
an- address the -oikers, but he was given
a very hanrd time by the workers. Boos,
Isr'uts and tlie blowing of conch shells all
but r:ade him ina-udible, but he perished
wit-h a message of the need for good in-

Wioe; T10 Invest

there are local and foreign businessmen
.ijing to invest in Granada, 1h2 said.

"However", the Minister saidd, "in order to
attract xuch investment, the re must be good
nd.utrital relations.-

Snotable invitee t tohe celebrations as Sir
ic Gairy. Because of his blindness, he
wa tohiis iget and G s r~s accormt anied



rer of
a the

With reference to Sir Eric's Grenada
Menta, M-naml & Intellectual Workers
Union (GMMIWUJ Mr Pierre said, after
the revolution of 1979, the Peoples
Revolutionary Government (PRG) had
had GMM IWU struck from the Register
of Trade Unions-

That Union has now applied to be
registered once more, he said, application
has been made also to join TUC and
certain information is awaited by TUC
from Sir Eric in that connection.

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The.Grenada Newsletter Saturday 9th May 192 Page 7

:Nf1 q va ri T.IN

Grenada and Chole, on April
28th, signed in Grenda ian
Agreements dispensing with
visa re quimenents for citizens of each
county visiting the other.

Sifged tco was an Agreement
for technical co-oLerattion.


Signing on behalf of Chile was that county,
Minister of Foreign Affais, Mr Enrique
IS ilva C imrna, while Prime Minrister N ic holas
B-ratrhwaite signed for Grenada.
Grans Of Scholarships
S speaking on the occasion, the Prime
Minis ter said G nada can, at this
time, offer little technical assist-
la ce, but Chile is to hielp Grenaa .a. :
4 A
C ith Igrants of scholarships for G re-
n ladian students to st .dy at instit- V,
lutions of leamin in Chile.

people to become" he : -:

the Prime Minister said this will
beLefits to Grerada especially
coaching in the area of football.


Mr Brathwaite said the r has been too mur-ch
dependence for aid on the industrialised
countries and he said Grenada's agreements
'with Chile are indications of developing
southi/south relations.

"For too long have we been totally depend-
enii. on le industrialised world, he said.
"'They iare tairown problems but we
Sbeieve we must show by example
that we merit assistance we might
re-quest from others."
The First Tnae
Replying' through an interpreter,
Mr Silva said Chile is drawing
closer at this time to the English
speaking Caribbean, and he said this
is the first time a Foreign Minister
Sof Chile has visited this section of
S the Caribbean.

jsaidt.e want to start in our / This is the second time Grenada
s r- school s achrs has ad Chilean assistance, the
o;f Spanish would b'e vry irn-
iorr- t: u.. PRIME- MISTrfR first being some 16 years ago
NICHOLAS BRAT;HW...TE Foloinmg a visit in 1976 vbich
the thenPrim Minister Sir Eric
Mir Bmathwaite said other assistance offered pa to e to atier a meting
I 'airy paid to Chile to attend a mein
. i i{rairsqg for h tphoenat, ti-
by Cile iaiing for the diplomatic o the Organisation of American States,
Service. a-nd, already, an Assistant Sec rtary
a tthere vere reports of growing varm
m the Minist i of Evteroal affta's is mC Lile
ir tMistry o.f Exten aff w is in C h relations between Grenada and the
purs using studies in this field t
ry-pressrio Chilean Govierument of thel
Sal right-wing military junta led by General I
S port also is covered by the Ag&TemenBt, gld Augu Pioht Ple a e ..YDezl
Augusto Pinochet mlease mem Pasag

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The Grenada Newsletter Saturday 9th May 1992 Page 8


ASSENGER TRAF- 1 According to statistics of
fic (arrivals and de-. the Grenada Airports Auth-
partures)though i ority, passenger traffic through the
Point Salines Interational airport during the first quarter of 1991 gm v
Airport in the first quarter of each of the by 9.2% to 57,224 from the 1990 figure of
wears 1990, 1991 and 1992 shows a similar PlaeO See AIRPORT Page 9
patmte- Passenger Arrivals 5 Departures
January to Harch
That pattern is that February traffic shows 1990 1992
a marked decline from January while March 21 000 t of-l-ar---- ------ 1992
L 500 -.---- --- .- ------............ -
:rcovers to approximately the January level. 200 --.-..-...-.-"- --.... -- --- 1991
19 5 0 ................ ........... ................. -..
19 00 .-- .---. ....-...-..-.-- -- y..... ....
q'a' ..tooo ,.:... ............. .. ...... ..... A, I go
The 1992 figures, however; seem to indicate iesooa ----'- -/-- ..-A----I-^!.---- ---- 199
that the February slump in the gph is 1 -00 N...-------..
leveling off. In 1990, the drop was I170 oo- ........ : 1 :::-; :..........
10.4%, in 1991 it was 12.7% but in 1992 it 6 .......
'wa only 4.4%. .nuary Februarg IMrch
CHILE From Page 7
These reports vere confirmed in 1977 when There vas other aid from Chile which
the Chilean training ship "Esmeralda" arrived in a mysterious fashion and has
berthed at St George's. In an interview never been explained.
iath NEWSLETTER, Lieutenant Cormman-
der Gaston Vidal, Public Relations officer In October 1977 a Hercules transport plane
ioi the "Esmeralda said, as a extension of of the Chilean Army arrived at Grenada's
technical assistance already being given Pearls Airport and discharged ten cases each
G3renada, the proposal that Grenada's marked, "Ministry of Health (Chile) to
jpolceren be trained in Chile was being con- Genera Hospitl Saint George (Grenada),
ide red. Medical Supplies."
Medical Officers Somewhat Smaller
"A few months ago a team of medical Nine of those cases measured approiinately
officers visited Grenada," he said, "and 4" 6" by 3' by 2' and the tenth case was
agricultural experts also have been to the somewhat smaller
A check by NEWS LETTER with the Acting
'In an interview vth NEWSLETTER in Chief Medical Officer, Dr Leonanr
August 1978,Commander ofthe Grenada Commissiong, disclosed he was notexpect-
Defence Force, Lieutenant Colonel ing norhad he receivedany zrdical supplies
.Winston Masanto, confirmed that, from Chile. He was expecting medical
foUtvigthaisitoftbe"Esn ralda two supplies from Venezuela and he suggested
of his officers had been sent to Chile for
itraining- Please e CHILE Page 9

The Orsata Nevsietter Saturday 9th May 1992 ParQ

S'52,389 for the relevant period.

iCoparing the first quarters of 1991 andj
192, there was a further increase of 7.8%
bringing the 1992 Jananry to March figure
|to 6i,715.
The Lion's Share
In- each of the three years, LIAT captured.
Ithe "lion's share of this traffic. In
1990, ith a passenger carrying figurs of
i25.27, LIAT secured 48.25% of all
Ipasnse ger ar rivals and departi:es. B WIA
as next in line carr a n 20,220 passengers
or 38.59% of the traffic in and out of the

In that year' British Airvays carried 3 198
pas serge s which secred. 6.1% of t traffic.
Amentrican Airlines was not yet servingi
Grenada but, together all other airlines using
Point Salines Intemrational carrnd a total of
3.693 passengers, 7.06% of the total traffic.

In 1991, LIAT still had a clear lead.
Canrying 25,678 passengers, the airline
registered a slight nu-wnsical increase over
the 1990 figure of : 2578, but the percentage
f to-tal traffic dropped from 48.25% to
44.8S.. BWIA, too, registered a decline,
carrying only 7,373 passengers (20,220 in
1990) vhich was 30.37% of total traffic.

Passenger Arrivals & Departures By Airline
JAmerkean Airlines began its
January To arch 1990 service in this year and theI
BA other 7.06 advent of *is new competition
Smay have resulted in the
\ W BWIA decline. American
: BWIA 38.59s alnexed 12.46% of te traffic,
..: | that is, 7,133 passengers.
WI ; Was Litte Change
LIAT 48.25% T here was little change in the
S:::: British Air ays performance,
i.. i : =-. 3,500 passenger (6.11%) in
S .1992 as compam-d vith 3,198
I CILE Fm (6.%) in 991. Similar, there was little
j CIULE From Pag8e 8v I
i ', P . e..change in the joint performance of the other
Sa check 4ith the Medical Sto,-i Keeper rn s ,. T .
r airlines serving G'ienada. Their figure
q for 192 vas 5,534 passed es (6.18%) as
Wben asked, ho-ve-r, the Storekeeper i or, v.. ',s 5. ,,
tld NEWSLETTER he had noth 33 pasenge (6%
r ceived any Medical BWIA made a spectacular recovery in 1992, almost
i Supplies either from overtaking LIAT and forcing reductions in the peirentages
SChile or Venezuela. Peae See AIRPORT Pag 10
Ni D Passenger Arrivals & Departures Bu Airline
SQuaeried by NEWS-
S i January To March 1991
SLETTER as to vbether Other 6.18%
Sthe corsignint of
"Medical Suppliae from ---
Sthe Chilean plane had Bwi o30.37
been for his command, BA 6. l% -
iHead of the Grenada i
Defence Force Lieut- ::
I sant Colonel Winston ::::::::
Masanto declined to LAT 44 88/ .
SPlease See CHLE Page 10 :
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The Grenada Newsletter Saturday 9th May 1992 Page 10
AIRPORT Fom Page 9

!of all other airlines.

SThe passenger carrying figure for BWIA
in the first quarter of 1992 is 21,362 vhich
is 34-62% of the total traffic LIAT
suffered a fall of 13.5% in passengers
carried and is only just ahead of BWIA
vith a passerer figure of 22211, that is

136% of the traffic
The passing r carrying
figure for British Airways
Dropped slightlyin 1992 but,
because of the increased I Other
iaffic, the. percentage for -
this airline Ins fallen to BA 5.6
5.54%o- ths 1991 figure
of 6.11%.
N'unerically, American
iAirlines, in 1992, i-icreased,

Aircraft Movements (Arru-as & Departures)
Jana n To e arch
S1990 1992

by 40%, its passenger canying figure This
resulted in a 1992 figure of 9,992 as
compared with the 1991 figure of 7,133.
Relative to the total traffic, however,
American's percentage in 1990 vas only:
7.55% as compared vith the 1991 figu e of

This fall in percentage is a direct result of
the 8% increase in total passenger traffic,
most of vhich was captured by BWIA.

Aircraft Movemodnt (Arrivals & Depariures)
January To Hlrch
1990 1992
1500 --....-......--- .........- --- -.....--......-
50 ----- -------------- ---- - .,92
o04 -.....

Jn -----f ------ebru-r j-----
-00------- --------
O -r I:ebr ----------.

Passenger Arrivals & Departures 8 } Airline
January To Iarch
1990 -1992

10.. % 1. ~ 19 %
r zIA j20220 38.59 17 379 30.37 21362 34.62
LIAT 25278 '18.25 25678 44.8 L2221 36.00
3BA 3 ;1 6.1 350 6. 3479 5.
SAA 0 0.0 7133 12.46 9952. 6.19 3 69 7.06 3534 6.18 4~56 7.55

Sli0.QU 22r4 a100.00 IiaCgoo .jj

CHILE From Page 9

"All information relative to
the Army is restricted", he

;er Arrivals & Departures By Airline
January To March 1992
AA 6.19%

.55% 56
.... A 34.62%

X -



- --

"- -- --~~

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The Grenada Newsletter Saturday th May 1992 Page 11


z D5O

Sal institution, the Inter-
national School of Grenada,
o n1onMay 8th, officially opened
its new premises at True Blue, on the-
island's south coast.

In an interview then, Chairman of the
School's Board- of Directors and prominent
Grnad.ian architect, Mr Nigel Renvick,
told NEWS.LETTER the school had been
established seven yeais
ago to fill particular
needs of visitors to
7" Grenada on relatively
i short-term vworing
. assignments.
The FirstAim
] <#"The first aim was to
S create a multi-
s offering the
best poss-
ible inter-
MR NIGEL RENWICK atioal pro-
gramme from pre-school through grade
'seven," he said, "designed to facilitate re-
entry of its students into schools in their
:homle countries-."

The need for this type of school becarre
S apparent, he said, because long waiting lists
made it very difficult, if not impossible, to
:get into private schools in Grenada.

The International School solved this problem

for students of transient non-Grenadians on
assigmnent to the island, Mr Renvick said,
and. also filled the need of growing numbers
of Grenadian families returning fom abroad
who, vwished their children to continue with
an educational progiamr similar to those
they mray have had.

The Chairman of the Board said the
student body now numbers 39 of vhich
some 25% are Grenadians. Ages range
from 4 years to 11 years, be said, there
are six professional teaching staff, one of
whom is a Grenadian, and the School is
run by an Administrator paid by a grant
from the United States Department for
Overseas Schools.

The idea of the school was born with and
vas launched by staff members and students
of the St.George's University School of
Medicine, Mr Renwick said.
A Sound Footing
The School of Medicine gave free accormn-
odation, he said, a start was made 'with
c'rr,~sponderce courses and the new
Intenatiornal School was soon after put on
a sound footing with advice from the Unite d
Stte-- State Department.

.Last year, the Board of Directors of the
international School obtained from the
-renada Governnent a 33 year lease of a
tro ;ace t-act at True Blue, construction was
started ad May 8th marked the official
co:ummissioning of the new premises.

Mr Renvick said the School has developed
a relationship vith the nearby Calliste
Pleae SeeCHOOL Pare 121


The Grenada Nevsletter Saturday 9th May 1992 Pap 12
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Government Prirmny School. Under that shown interest in the School's programum
relationship, he said, teachers at the Calliste and would like to video-tape some of the
school take part in teacher training activities class room teaching activities.
at the International School and the extensive
International School library and other To date, Mr Renvick said, the School's
facilities are available to Calliste. student body has been drawn from a vide
range of countries. These include Brazil,
A lot of thought has been put into the Canada, Egypt, Germany, France, Grenada,
progarmne at the School, he said, it is Guyana, India, Israel, Japan, Kenya,
constantly being reviewed and revised, and Morocco, Panama, The Philippines, Republic
the Directors of the School feel the School of China, Trinidad, the United Kingdom,
has something to offer the other schools in the United States, and Venezuela.
Grenada if they vish to avail themselves of

The Ministry of Education, he said, has


New ROC Ambasador

Ambassador Extraordinazy and Plenipot-
entiary of the Republic of China (ROC) [on
Taivan] to Grenada, Lin Tsun-hsien, is
scheduled to arive in the State on May 19th.

Don't write "West Is
That space divides, i
Let's write "Westindi
Proud symbol of our

Ambassador Lin vho replaces Ambassador
Liu Po-lin, the first ROC Ambassador to
Grenada, has served in Japan, Australia, Fiji,
and in the United States of America.

He comes to his new post from that of
Deputy Representative of the ROC's M is ion
in the U S A.

More UWIDITE Graduate

Thirteen more Grenadian students have
graduated (on April 30th) from the Uni-
versity of the West Indies (UWI) through
the UWI Distance Teaching Experiment


Eleven of these students received full
University Certificates of Administration,
and two graduated with full Certificates of

,AJiter Hughs
/ 9th May 1992
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Alister Huges, Jonm alfit,
Of Sctt Street, St.Geaorge Grenada. WestiiAles
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in the t -island State of
S Grenad.a, C arracou and
Petie artinique was at a
VIrtual standstill on May 7th and 8th as
-ove rnm ent ermpn yees implemented
:ustrial action of a tvo-day stnke.

ThIis actio. Was m nprotes at a -' - G-
enuent's failure to conclude a rnelw -,
LA recentt e ith its employees. and -vainn
of this h-ad been given by Mrs LarIt_
|Cla-rson, President of the Public Work-
2rs- Union (PWU) and Leader of the
Workers' Negotiating Team.
IFwthri Protest

ie said that, "as i means of fr1her
iprtestU Govenmyent employees Vould
v:it hold th ir labour for two days-

jThat protest will send another clear
:and loud signal to our employers" she
-aid, "that we are not prepared to be
heatedd in this callous and off-hand
manner but that we must be respected
Sas C itizens of this State." on May 5th, in an interview W with
INEWSLETTER, Mis Clarkson said a
,deadline had haeen fibdt for .Mv iing tihe

impasse l. ith Goven aent, f ling vhich
there had been a finn decision to call this

"We have asked them to talk to us before
Wednesday (6th) and offer something
satisfactory," she said. otherwisee we will
have industrial action on Thursday and

0 Public Workers On Strike... 1
TUC President Slates
I Go ernm ent ............................. 5
0 Grenada & Chile Sign
Agreem ts........................... 7
0 Traffic Climbs At Point
Salines International.............. 8
S oNew Campus For
International School------ ii
1 News Shorts

--Fo_ -i s are i involved m this matter.
mTbe ai. the PW"J rprmsenting the Ci.vil
Service, the -rnada Union of Teachers
(o.T 1 the Technical & Allied Workers
i .non (TA U) representing Govern-
mnt employees in certain DepartmenL
FimmR ....e 2.K n

T he Grenada Newsletter Saturday 9th May 1992 Page 4

S1HRIKE From Pagle 3
lAnother Minister atte mpting to persuade
the Unions tr accept Go-rernment, s offer
-vas Mns. Joan Purcell, Minister of Tour-
Agonising Reality
Appearing on Grenada TV on May 5th, she Gov-er- ensnt was faced with the stark.
distress sing and agonising reality that, at this
lime, it. cannot afford any majcr vage
increasetp its orke i paifuipli-
'tiorns for the entire nation.

"We do not need to be convvixced that
workerss need an increase, she said,
indeed wve have -o doubt that workers
are entitk to adequate and viMable

Ho'tever3 the Ministersai, it vould be sad
if Government shou ld. attempt i please
workerss by givr inn to t hir de-ma-rds. All
iGvemment iould be -do-in she said, is to
continue to act irmesponsibly and exped-

ir. Puire1 said Goveriment "continues to
.ntc..a.tingly r-q-uest ,4.t Unions tak"e more
S.... usy" its latest offer which amounts to
total wag increases of EC$10.8 million.
Not UncariEn
!Also before the strike, the Unions' position
a3s put, on Gmnada 'TV by Mrs Clarkson.
She assured Genadians hat workers are not
Kiannc g or unpatrnotic.

!The Gover Miet, our a!ployers, must
iA an talk with us," sh said. "vis t we
are doing is a negotiation, wherefore
negotiations must be donE and an amic-
able settlement must be reached.

Ms Claison said the Unions had asked the
Sivaitets Sector t intervene

* y- have sent letters inviting the ConfererDe
of ChurT hs, Ermployers Federation and the
:Chaber of Industry & CommeIrce to a
mleetinng whe we vW ill discuss the current

indu-stral impasse," she said, "so they can I
use their good offices to ask our employers
to reach ai anlicable, reasonable and agree-
able settlementt"

Leader of the New National Party (NNP)|
and Member of the Opposition in the
Grenada House, of Representatives Dr Keith I
Mitchell, als wgave, on Glenada TV on May
5th, his sugge stions for solving the impasse
existing between Goverment and its em-
More Unbearable Tames
He suggested the Unions reduce theirpresent
demand (EC $S14.63 million) and combine
that action with securing frm Govemrnment
a cormritment to reduce and eliminate "some
of the m-re unbearable taxes_".

Those taxes include, he said, the Debt.
Service Le-y, increased Value Added Tax
on electricity and telephone charges and the
Ticket Tax oni airline travel.

Dr Mjitcbheii charged Government with hav- i
ing an. anogant attitude towards the Unions,
and suggpstd that Government's offer
(EC $10.8 million) to the Unions can be
boo-sted in anr idrirect way.

ur'g Govenim.ent. to consider raising its
offer so..e-hat by taking the possibility of
offering shares to the workers in some of
the more profitable Governm-ent cor-
orations' he said.

Thesn cor-porations include, Dr Mitchell
said., Grenada Telecommunications Ltd,
Grenada El.cticity Services Ltd and. th~-
Naticnal Co nercial Barzk.
Are Making Profit
Dr Mitchell said Government has spoken of
"pTvtisiw;g" these corporations. they are
ma .ing priit, t-3 said, and he -suggestsd
those prfits- should be left in the State to
peip develop it.
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President of the G mnada
[ Trdes irFion Comunil
S(TUC) and General S'ec-
retary f the Seamen & Waterf i nt
workers Union (S WWU painted, on May
i st, a picture of unsatz factor industrial
relations in the island.

"Workers in this country, he said, "now
lace a bitter struggle vith their employers
il difence of hard von gains for better
Sitigstandards through better vage and
working conditions."

Mr Pierre's rer ins were made as he
addressed som 30 00U vokers celebrating
SMay D ay at Que ens Park on the outskirts of
St Georges.
Must Raliy Together
The media has highlighted the "struggles"
ofGoveir nternmploees witj Governmient
or the S -WWU viththe Shipping Agents,
he said, but other TUC affiliates are having
thAeir stnugges als o and the entire Traudes
ni.on Movement must rally together in
supportt of each o.ter,

TI- TU.C President said Gre-ada is faced
ith .a situation in hidch workers, sufi: ing
r:m an al eady lWv vage, are having tiha.
ag'-e considerably reduedd by Governmien's
ii I
TRImKE FiUm Parg 4
h ne NNP also cal led on Go -
ernment to "stMrain.e" the 6,600 stir-ng
I Public Service, especially :thm:rugh the
process of voluntary retrenchment.
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.- . .-, l l l Sl i\
H1 p- ,."
, ..... .. ..- iut-- .... ....... y .:>x

m32 am rmm *i
intmrdution of a structural adjustment!

Sutictural adjustment policies and pro-
granires., he said, take a heavy toll on the
population as the Govermment struggles to
oay foreign debt and cuts back on domestic
Extremely Gloomy Situation
Years of deficit budgeting now appears to
hae put Grenada on the brink of bankruptcy,
he said, :and it is an extremely gloomy
situation which worked nust analyse to see
why _tlp- island has been caught in "this
qai cksand of debt."

"Today our politicians are obsessed with
payment of foreign debt and making the
country credit-vorthy," e sail, "but at
hose expense ani sacrifice?"

GmnrCda cannot afford to pay her debts by
abandoning her othersocio/economic object-
ives, the aim for fll employment,
reason bl stable prices, health for all by
the yer 2000 and education being a right
and not a pnviege., he said.
Should Not Be
Tli Tr ade Union Movement is avare that
u c:ual adjustl i ent pfogmarnes are
riF.scpsr y and- rele ant, Mr Pierr said., but
c v.pua-r-tin .and irplementation should not
be at the expense of the people.

The TUC President charged Government
'ith dishonesty in its statement that all
eaaJ,.d's problems stem from vorld
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STaRKE irm Page I
|of Govemment, and the Seamen & Water-
!r:.nt 'Workeis Union (SWWU representing
i_'e security service on thel docks in St

Thiis is the second protest strike tlhe
J;nriO-ns have called, the first having been
on April 22nd when, after a mass meet-
ing, hundreds of workers stayed aw.ay
it om their jobs and demonstrated in car-
!val fashion through the streets of St
'e rge's.
In An Effort
The last Wage Agreement expired on 31st
December 1989 and, for the last nine
months, there have been negotiations in an
-teffort. to arrive at a new AgPere nt covering

and 18% for the relevant salary scales and,
for 1992, the Unions asked 7.5%, 15% and
Proposed Instead
The Uniorns have rejected Government's
latest offer and proposed instead a 4%
increase in each of the years. 1990, 1991
and 1992 for the lowest salary scale.
This proposal groups the two upper salary
scales together and demands 2.5%, 2.5% and
3% respecively for 1990, 1991 and 1992.

Government has rejected this demand which,
a spokesmanii for the Unions said, has been
computed by Governrent to cost some
EC $14.68 million, a figure about EC$3.88
fllion higher than Government's

lie. years 1990, 1991 and 192. latest and -

Sir position

i m e0 Clakson s this popos as not a

C0iMdby enht her t bes $1 ( ....
'Wi-,1ion.E 1 dea P-n I s"p.iIwa
|ilihon. demandn" but a "feeler" to which h were

That offer was broken down into an
immediate cash payment of EC $5.5 million
-:.-d a cash payment of EC $1.55 million net.
ear. The balance of EC$3.75 million
Should be in the form of non-interest-bearing
,bonds redeemable in 1995.
Origina Demand
LThe Unions' original demand was fr a
2.5% vage increase in 1990 for workers
ith a monthly salary of under EC $1,000.
or the monthly salary- scale between
$_.$1,000 and EC$2,000 the demand was
for an increase of 20-%, and over EC $2,000
the derrand was for 21%.

IFcr 1991, the demand was for 10%, 17%

"feeler" had been rejected by Government,
she said.
Give Us An Alternatve
"If -the cant accept what we have propos-
ed", she hesaid, "le them give us analtemative
so we can see what they have to offer."

A physical check by NEWS LETTER of the
principal Govemment -ffices in-S--eorge's
indicated. this two-day strike was nearly
100% success fiu. irowever,-it-mvolve d
mainly the PW"J because teachers had been
told by their leaders to stay on tihe job if
they were i involved in getting students to the
Co~nmon Entran=e Examinations scheduled
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Ifor rMay mth.

1Nor did TAWU Tull its workers out of the
essential services of water, electricity and
commirinicat-ions. However, the Unions
have threatened a general strike of all
workers in the various sections of the
economy if a settlement is not reached with
Government by a certain date.

In her ap- THE UNIONS" Li
Ipea.irnce on (To 9-
eada TV" Mlonthlu Salaru
oin May 5th,
iMr Clark- Under ECt 1.000 4-0Z
-son said the
n Over EC$ 1000 2.5%
essential ,ia
s e r vi c e s
jvojd not be involved in-the then proposed
t7o-day stirke but GovermErnt had been
jiven a deadline beyon-d V ih this situation
Jwould change.

If the Governieni does not reach a
reasonable settlement by Tissday 12th
May," she said, "a national strike, that
means, all other sectors of this economy.
lvill be coming out as of the 12th

1 The PWU President said Government had
-been advisd by le ter that both the port aid
eessental services -ill be invohed in the
proposed general s-tik.

PBefore the tfo-dav strike started, Sena-
i., -3,d P-
to-r Caiyie Glean, Minister for Educat-
ion and Leader of the Govern_ went's
negotiating team, through Grenada TV.
.ma.e a last ditch effort to stave off the
industrial action.
Iwerase Restrain
"Unce again, Governmnent is appealinnrg to
the Union Leaders ard the entire member-
ship to exercise iestnaint in these difficult
: .,economic times" he said.

Senator G-lean referred. to the one day strike
called by the Unios last month and said
Ithis action aliady is having adverse efcts


on Greada fiania

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andA economic

Lost Their Jobs
The Minister asked the Unions to consider
the position in Barbados where an Inter-
national Montetary Fund (IMF) progmnu r
is in effect Public Sectorworkers on that
island have had -' salary cuts, he sad,
and hundreds of Civil Servants, teachers
and Private
EST DEMAND Sector work
92) ers have lost
1991 1992 obs.
-----their jobs-.

4.01 -uku Icrea se Identifying

2.5% 3.0% Increase and add-
ressing wide
sectors of

far is., hoteliers, Church leaders, bus
ve, ndia voers, e employed,
parents an-d relatives f Union Leaders and
members, Senator Glean said everybody in
Grenada will be a oser if there is a general

Said the Senator, "I call on you, I uryA
you to speak to the Union Leaders ane
their members to giwe Grenada a chance-r"
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