Group Title: Struggle (Kingston, Jamaica)
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Title: Struggle official organ of the Workers Liberation League
Uniform Title: Struggle (Kingston, Jamaica)
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 41 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Workers' Liberation League (Jamaica)
Workers' Liberation League (Jamaica)
Workers Party of Jamaica
Publisher: The League
Place of Publication: Kingston
Publication Date: October 14, 1976
Frequency: bimonthly[mar.-apr. 1986-]
biweekly[ former -july 13, 1984]
monthly[ former aug. 1984-feb. 1986]
Subject: Labor movement -- Periodicals -- Jamaica   ( lcsh )
Politics and government -- Periodicals -- Jamaica   ( lcsh )
Genre: periodical   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage: Jamaica
Abstract: Struggle was published first as a mimeographed newsletter in 1974 when the Workers Liberation League was formed. It was edited by Rupert Lewis and he continued as editor when Struggle became the organ of the Workers Party of Jamaica in 1978. In the 1980s editors included Elean Thomas, Elaine Wallace and Ben Brodie. The Workers Liberation League grew out of the political initiative of academics - Trevor Munroe, Rupert Lewis as well as Don Robotham, Derek Gordon who studied in the University of Chicago in the early 1970s and were connected to activists in the Black Panther Movement and African-American radicals in the Communist Party of the United States. The latter group formed the Paul Bogle League which brought together academics, working class and community activists who read and discussed Karl Marx’s Capital and Lenin’s political writings and sought to build on Jamaica’s radical traditions in the trade union movement and in the People’s National Party from the 1930s to the 1960s. The Paul Bogle League was also involved with the formation of the University and Allied Workers Union in the early 1970s and worked with the Independent Trade Union Action Council. Politically the Workers Liberation League gave critical support to Michael Manley’s democratic socialist program in the 1970s.
Issuing Body: Vols. for -1978 issued by Workers' Liberation League; 1979- by Workers' Party of Jamaica.
General Note: Description based on surrogate of: Issue no. 28 (June 16, 1977); title from caption.
General Note: Latest issue consulted: Apr.-May 1986 (surrogate).
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STTGVo3 No19


THE Guild of Under- Comrade Munroe in
graduates on Thurs- his presentation
day, 7 October, said that there was
sponsored a rally a connection bet-
in solidarity with ween the bombing
M PERII LIII the people against and the film which
HE sabotage of the Cuban plane on its foreign interven- was shown. This
way from Barbados to Jamaica which led tion with special connection could be
to the death of all 73 passengers and reference to Jamai- expressed in one
crew members on October 7th must be con- ca and Guyana The word imperialism.
demned by all well-thinking people. main s-aker was He impressed on the

But condemnation and crying shame is not
enough. In the news release issued by
Dr Trevor Munroe, General Secretary of
the WLL, we called on all security offi-
cers, customs officers, airport workers
and those at other points of entry into
Jamaica as well as their unions to hold
meetings to discuss and implement meas-
ures specially to stop anti-Castro ter-
rorists from killing innocent people.

We also called on the Prime Minister to
meet these workers as well as to encour-
age other Caribbean Prime Ministers to
make sure that there is good security
against anti-Castro terrorists at the

This attack is one of several in recent
months. On July 9th a delay in the de-
parture of a Cuban plane at the Norman
Manley airport led to a bomb being dis-
covered. Anti-Castro terrorists have
also bombed BWIA offices in Barbados,
the Guyanese Consulate's office in Tri-
nidad last month as well as the Cuban
Consulate in Kingston in 1974.

These attacks have been aimed at break-
ing down the friendly relations and co-
operation between the Governments and
people of Cuba and the Caribbean.
The American Government provides a haven
for these anti-Castro terrorists and
works hand-in-glove with these murderers
of innocent men, women and children as
the American Senate Investigations on
the CIA have shown. These murderers do
not act alone. They are the murderers
of imperialism.

As we approach a general election we
have to be prepared to fight the terror-
ism of those forces on the side of impe-
rialism inside and outside of the count-
ry who violently oppose the Cuban Gov-
ernment and people and the progress they
are making in solving their problems as
well as friendly and helpful relations
between Cuba and Jamaica.
^^^^-^*^^^^^--*^^ NO*K 0

Comrade Trevor Mun-
roe, and the film
"Rise and Fall of
the CIA" was shown.

In his introduction
the Guild President
R. Bryan spoke of
the role of the
CIA in Jamaica and
Guyana. He said
that the bombing of
the Cuban plane on
Wednesday and the
resulting death of
73 passengers was
another imperialist
attack aimed at
isolating the Cari-
bbean people from
revolutionary Cuba.
A minute's silence
for those who peri-
shed in the crash
was observed.

audience the great
necessity to under-
stand what imperia-
lism meant the
control of our na-
tural resources,
banks, factories
and land by a hand-
ful of people who
plunder and export
millions of dollars
out of the country
whilst the mass of
people suffer.

The comrade warned
the gathering about
taking imperialism
for granted saying
that we don't busi-
ness with politics
or imperialism.
But irregardless of
what we believe im-
perialism concerns
us by the very fact
of its existence.


LL GENERAL Secretary, Trevor Munroe,
speaking at the anti-CIA Rally. Seated
is Robert Bryan, President of the Guild
of Undergraduates, UWI.

THE University and the Ministry of
Allied Workers Uni- Agriculture. The
on paid out $600 to UAWU has held meet-
over 30 weekly and ings with Mr Belin-
daily paid employ- fanti, Minister of
ees of the Ministry Agriculture, and
of Agriculture Gro- officials of the
ve Place and Bodles Ministry of Labour
Agricultural Sta- on October llth in
tions. order to settle the
Since October 1st dispute.
the workers have

DOUGLAS VAZ, ex-President of the Jamaica Mamnfacturers
Association, trained in anti-people politics in the Priv-
ate Sector Organisation of Jamaica, is now to run for the
JLP in the election.

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More on SWSACA case

THE CASE against five members of the
South West St Andrew Citizens Associa-
tion charged for criminal libel of JLP
Senator Pearnel Charles continued in the
Half Way Tree R.M. Court on the 29th and
30th of September.

Evidence was given by JLP Member of Par-
liament for South West St Mary, Mr Alva
Ross, and Errol Anderson, JLP Caretaker
and BITU Assistant Island Supervisor, as
well as by Mr Roy Smith- former Assist-
ant Commissioner of Police in Charge of

Ross in his evidence said that Pearnel
Charles was at his home in St Mary on
the 12th of October last year at the
time it is said that he was at the Hugh
Sherlock All Age School.

Ross said Seaga and Mr Errol Anderson
were there also. According to Ross,
Seaga and Pearnel Charles had spent the
weekend from Saturday the llth until
Tuesday the 14th of October 1975 in St
Mary working on the two bye-elections
held in the parish on the 14th of Octo-

WE SMALL farmers
get no help with
our crops, no en-
couragement. We
have to prepare the
land. Dlouih the

out t
get s
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from our
a tense feeling am-
Worker ong everyone be-
rtes: cause we don't know
In June of this when the Big Boss
year the Caribbean will say they are
Metal Products closing down as
(CMP) management they are all trying
take another anti- to sabotage the
worker move when government. We are
they try to start a determine to fight
three day work week. in whatever way to
change this system.

sow the seeds After a long strug-
elves, shake gle by the workers
he weeds. We and a little help
no machine, no from the Ministry
h, we should of Labour, we mana-
ome assistance. ge to start out
ome assistance back on 4 days
years old

and Lease is a

Sproygrammne, be-
cause we get some
benefit. The big
man in the area
have enough land.
Government should
take over more of
the land, so that
we can get the ben-
efit. 28 years

Our supervisory
staff is not union-
ize at present, but
we are trying to
get this done.

But not before some Management continue
26 of our fellow to oppress us with
co-workers were more and more slave
made redundant, rules. On the 18th
of August a letter
Things have now was given to each
gone back to 5 days. supervisor inform-
But there is still ing them that as



OLd RESIDENT Magistrate
Peter Rickards has
said that the Lab-
THE problem to what our Relations and
we see it, we need Industrial Disputes
more organisation Act (LRIDA) cannot
from the govern- protect workers.
ment, like during He made this state-
the dry time there ment just before
is no water for the dismissing the case
crops, and we lose against Colgate-
badly. 34 years Palmolive Co (Ja)
old Ltd in the Half Way
Tree Court on the
S* 4th of October.

AS PAR as I know
the best half of
the land is not
being used. A lot
of good land not a
thing planted on-
ly a couple cows a
walk on it. 44
years pZd

The case was broug-
ht by two former
workers of the com-
pany, Calvin Suth-
erland and Valrick
Roberts, who said
that they were fir-
ed in September of

last year because
they were members
of the Dockers and
Marine Workers

This is the second
case brought again-
st Colgate-Palmolive
(Ja) Ltd under the
Labour Law this
year by an ex-work-
er who was fired as
a result of union

Colgate got away in
the first case also
because the court
said there was "not
enough evidence".
Workers must fight
to throw out this
bosses law.

from September all Supervisors are not And yet management
supervisors are re- paid for overtime is telling you how
quired to iruuh time if and when they important you are
card. In at 7.30 have to do it. in the proper run-
am out at 12.00 Hourly paid employ- ning of the plant.
noon, in at 1.00 pm ees are paid for But only for their
out at 4.30. If amused sick leave own selfish reason.
they have to leave at the end of the
for an hour or two year, though their
they have to punch union contract su- 0
out and in again, pervisors are not.

PSOJ Not Political ?
ACTIONS speak loud- ing hard to con- declared candidates
er than words. The vince people that of the Jamaica Lab-
actions of two peo- they are for pro- our Party and have
ple, Douglas Vaz gress and produc- taken open stands
and Anthony Abrah- tion and that they against socialism.
ams, have served to do not oppose the
expose the smooth present government. It is becoming cle-
propaganda of the arer to all that
Private Sector Or- They will have a organisations like
ganisation (PSOJ) much harder job now the PSOJ represent
and the Jamaica Ma- that Mr Abrahams, the interests of
nufacturing Associ- former Executive the big capitalists
ation (JMA). Director of -th and the rih thantk

The PSOJ and the
JMA have been try-

PSOJ, and Mr Vaz,
former President of
the JMA, have been

to people like Vaz
and Abrahams.

IMPACT workers demonstrate against the r
COPANYI which printed storie saying the > lhn|
forced to give money out of Mtl aswa h H

He said on the day in question Mr Seaga
and Charles spent the day at his home
talking to agents and making prepara-
tions for the bye-elections.

In his evidence Charles made no mention
that Seaga was present.

Ross said he only left the house for
about hour that day and in the after-
noon Seaga and Charles addressed workers
at his house for about 2-3 hours.

He denied that he was in and out of his
house on that day. Ross said he was
asked to give a statement to the police
by Mr Abe Dabdoub on the 20th of Septem-
ber after Pearnel Charles had given evi-
dence. Ross said he did not know that
Dabdoub was in court when Charles gave
his evidence and he did not read the re-
port of Charles' evidence in the paper
although he had read part of an article
dealing with the case.

Ross said he believed that the allega-
tions about Charles planning to murder
105 citizens were serious but he had not
taken any special interest in the matter

and had not offered any statement to the
Ex-Assistant Commissioner, Roy Smith, in
giving his evidence, said he had taken
a statement from Pearnel Charles but the
statement had somehow mysteriously dis-

He said he had not made any investiga-
tions as to whether Pearnel Charles was
responsible for the removal of the state-
ment but had directed Asst Supt Walker
to take another statement from Charles.

Under cross examination Mr Smith admit-
ted that he had not satisfied himself
that Charles had not switched his state-
ment. Mr Walker, in giving evidence,
had told the court that Charles in giv-
ing his statement never told him he was
in St Mary on the 12th October 1975.

Mr Smith said he was personally respon-
sible for the investigations as to whe-
ther the things in the pamphlet were
true or not, but he collected no state-
ments from anyone apart from Charles.
Mr Smith will continue his evidence when
the case resumes on the llth of October.



AT ABOUT 4.00 pm
on Tuesday, Sept-
ember 28, ten
youths student,
impact workers and
unemployed from
Hermitage were
Beld by the police,
taken to Matilda's
Corner Police Sta-
tion, beaten and
taken to "No Man's

his may not be an
unusual story ex-
cept that in this
case they were not
taken in for crim-
inal activity.

'hese youths were
bout to begin a
community football


match with others
from the Spotlight
Youth Club. They
sat on a wall
waiting for the
others and the
ball to arrive.

As they waited a
white Hillman mot-
or car pulled up
by them and out of
it jumped two
plainclothes pol-
icemen one they
knew as "Strings".
They were ordered
off the wall at
gunpoint and with
threats. Other
citizens who came
to look were also
threatened. The
youths were tied

shirt to shirt and
taken to the sta-
tion where another
police vouched for
their honesty.
They were never-
theless held, bea-
ten and threatened
again. They then
discovered they
were to be taken
to "No Man's Land".

In the Black Maria,
on the way to "No
Man's Land" they
were again beaten
and told to keep
quiet. The only
talking was now
ramona the police.
"Strings" boasted
how many people he
had shot and that
a W -- Xr

ERMITAGE youths act out police harassment

Week takes place
this year from Oct-
ober 11 to National
Heroes Day, October
18. Many events
have been organised
in memory of our
national heroes and
our heritage in ge-

Throughout the week
plaques in memory
of the struggles of
our heroes will be
put up in Portland
for Nanny, in St



M Deputy Secreta-
l7 General of the
Position United
kbour Front (ULF)
if Trinidad and To-
,9o, Richard Ja-
Xs, paid a recent
visit to Jamaica to
lther support for
e ULF.

k Jacobs explained
Da small meeting
(students on the
kI Mona campus
hat ever since the
formation of the
[F about six
aths ago and es-
tially since it
I 10 seats in the
eent Trinidadian
elections, the im-
rialists have
n slandering the
with the aim of
0ting off support
a that organisa-

*ase of the ULF's

political stand the
most frequent of
these lies told by
the imperialists
and the local capi-
talists of Trinidad
is that the ULF is

a racist party as
most of its support
comes from the In-
dian population.

Mr Jacobs said that
the ULF has never
campaigned on a ra-
cist platform, only
on the concrete
bread and butter
issues of the work-
ers, and most sugar
workers whose union
is a part of the

ULF are East Indi-

He pointed out
that the rich capi-
talist Indians of
Trinidad did not
support the ULF and
fought tooth and
nail against it.

Mr Jacobs had harsh
criticisms for Car-
ibbean writers who
use facts supplied
by the imperialists
to write articles
against the ULF.
One of the most
frequent mistakes
these writers make,
he said, was to say
that the ULF had
these successes be-
cause of the weak-
ness of the other
political parties.

"The ULF won where
it did work, where
it organised, where
it brought concrete
.gains to the work-

ers. Where it did
not do work, did
not organise it
lost", he said.

his shots could "go
around corners".
The police also
tried to frighten
the youths by tel-
ling them that they
would not be re-
leased until three
weeks after elec-

Under the State of
Emergency police
and soldiers have
the power to arrest
and detain people
on suspicion only.
Most of them carry
out their work in a
peaceful way and
earn the respect of

all peace-loving
Jamaicans who wel-
comed the end of
the pro-imperialist
violence which was
destabilizing the

But there are those
like "Strings" who-
se aim is to turn
the people's minds,
especially the
youth, against the
Emergency. That is
why they also bru-
tally beat up memb-
ers of the 12 Trib-
es group of Pastas
and harrass scores
of other youths on

other occasions.

Struggle calls upon
the youths to con-
tinue their support
of the State of
Emergency by repor-
ting every incident
which is serving to
undermine the peo-
ple's confidence in
the Emergency.

Struggle again
calls on the Prime
Minister to inves-
tigate this under-
mining of the Emer-
gency by undemocra-
tic persons within
the security forces.

Thomnas for George
William Gordon, and
in Montego Bay for
Sam Sharpe.

A statue of Marcus
Garvey, specially
built by the Jamai-
can sculptor Alvin
Marriott, is to be
unveiled on Sunday,
October 17 at Law-
rence Park in St

StrTjyle commends
these efforts by
youth organisations
to organise mass
rallies to commemo-
rate our heritage.
Without the fullest
participation of
the masses in the
planning and organ-
isation of National
Heritage Week and

Ann's Bay, Garvey's all such activities
birthplace, they cannot help

On Monday, October
18, after the nat-
ional honours cere-
mony at King's
House, there will
be a national sal-
ute to our heroes
at 4.00 pm at the
National Stadium
and each parish
will host its own
parish salute.

Struggle also un-
derstands that
youth organisations
in Kingston will
hold a Heroes Day

very much to advan-
ce our struggle ag-
ainst imperialism.

It is the Jamaican
masses and their
struggles that we
must remember in
recalling our heri-
tage. Names like
Stennett Kerr-
Coombs, Hugh Bucha-
nan, Richard Hart
and other unsung
heroes of the Jam-
aican working class
who have fought for
our people must be
remembered along-
side those other

As a matter of -,O.Ly at aLil, hrs o
heroes who have
fact he revealed Heroes Park at 4.00 been officially re-
that even though pm on the 18th. cognized.
the ULF is about
seven months old, Write to Struggle
it did not decide Write to Struggle
to run in elections
until about three
months before. The
election results in
which the ULF won a
ten seats therefore
showed their popu- L E
larity with the i
working people.

In closing Mr Jac-
obs urged students
to set up a ULF
Support Committee
to fight reaction-
ary imperialist
propaganda and to
tell the working
people of Jamaica
the truth about the








VERY little can be done to solve the
everyday problems of the people without
taking the backbone of the country's
economy out of the hands of the imperia-
lists and placing it firmly under natio-
nal ownership and control.

But many working people have the experi-
ence of what happens when government
takes over a thing. First of all it
isn't run properly sometimes, like the
JOS, it looks as if the service is even
worse than before; the officials in
charge don't show any respect whatsoever
to the public; the big-wigs push around
workers and treat big people as if they
were little children. Even though gov-
ernment should be setting the example,
government workers hardly have any
rights worse than private enterprise.
This is why many workers who can see the
need to get rid of the power of imperia-
lism and the big capitalists still feel
that government takeover cannot be the
answer to the problem.

The truth is that national ownership is
not going to be much help unless it
brings with it workers' control and peo-
ple's power. What does this mean?

Unless the workers PNP and JLP in
each workplace start to come together,
cooperate with each other and demand the
rights, and the law gives them power to
move any management who gets out of hand
then national ownership will not really
give the people justice. Unless the
workers and the poor people in the com-
munities and districts PNP and JLP -
start to come together, cooperate with
each other, demand and get the rights to
discipline any official, government ser-
vant or politician who tries to push
people around then national ownership
will not give the working people jus-
tice. So long as the big man on top has
all the say, whether it is PNP or JLP in
power, and the workers and the small
people at the bottom continue to have no
talk at all national ownership will not
solve the problem.
6et out imperialism
So then the answer to the problem of
getting our rights is firstly to get rid'
of imperialism out of Jamaica and at the
same time to take power into the hands
of the people.

But how are we going to do this? Are we
going to get our rights by leaving it up
to "Michael"? Are we going to get our
rights by leaving it up to Seaga? Which
worker ever got justice by sitting down
and waiting for it to come to him? Will
our children and our children's children
get anywhere if we sit down and wait for
any politician to help us? Would we be
where we are today would we have even
the few rights that we have if Marcus
Garvey or Paul Bogle or Sam Sharpe sat
down and waited for the bigger man to
help them? "God helps those who help
Our own hands
The national ownership which we need to
take our country away from the imperial-
ists and to solve our problems, the wor-
kers' control which we need to get our
rights, the people's power which we need
to get justice: none of this is going to
come to any of us whether we support
PNP or whether we support Labour if we
sit down and leave it up to Michael or
leave it up to Seaga.

The only way we are going to get our

rights is if we the people decide to
take things into our own hands:-

Educate ourself politically Start to
read about imperialism and socialism;
listen to sense and don't just follow
the old-time colonial argument against
socialism and communism; no longer can
we believe any and everything without
looking into it fully and checking it
out for ourself.

Cooperate with one another against the
oppressor Imperialism, the big capita-
lists and their agents are keeping us
down, robbing our money and pushing us
around. Whether we are comrade or whe-
ther we are Labourite they still oppress
us as workers and as Jamaicans. We have
to begin from now to come together as
workers and as Jamaicans in every lit-
tle struggle against the oppressor,
otherwise he will always rule over us.
How to vote
Built up our own political party free of
the capitalists Experience teaches
that the capitalist is always trying to
get something for nothing, to rob us of
our rights even when he is smiling and
patting us on the back. So long as the
government has capitalists in it and so
long as we are confident in parties
which put the capitalists in top posi-
tions, so long will the oppressors still
have the power over us.

Political education, cooperation against
the oppressors, our own political party
- these are the things we have to be
struggling for right now so that one day
we can be truly free.

But this is all well and good. The
election is just around the corner how
does this reasoning help us decide which
of the two parties to vote for?



Protests LAS

EUSI Kwayana of the
Working People's
Alliance of Guyana
refused to go to
court on September
17th where charges
were brought again-
st him for printing
Dayclean. Da cle an
is the organ of the
Working People's
The charge against
Kwayana follows the
conviction of ano-
ther WPA member,
Moses Bhagwan, for
the same thing.

The WLL protests
this action by the
Burnham regime ag-
ainst progressive
forces as it weak-
ens the struggle
for anti-imperial-
ist unity which
cannot be built on-
ly around the gov-
ering party.

A FRATERNAL delegation fran the People's Democratic Repub-
lic of Korea (North Korea) has put on a showing of art,
craft work and books from that country at the Courtleigh
Manor Hotel.
The comrades placed on show beautiful vases, sculptures,
paintings, embroidery and the works of Kim It Sung.
The Korean comrades should have been joined in Jamaica by
four others who had just finished putting on an exhibition
like this one in Guyana. But those comrades were among the
over 70 people who perished in the imperialist bombing of
the Cuban plane last week.
Here Education Minister, Howard Cooke, members of the Jam-
aica Friendship Association for the Reunification of Korea,
and leader of the Korean delegation, Comrade Lee Hot Youl
(4th left) look at the work on display.

Ist Prtze: 11" Portable TV set
2nd Prize: AM-FM radio with digital
3rd Prise: 12" Fan
Three conaolation Prizes:
$10 book vouchers redeemable at .hdsp
dent Bookstore, Wldnan St.
Raffle closes 31st Oct; dre ang 2 th
Nov. 1976 at the UW, Students Unian.
Tickets 50# each. Get tickets fran NO
STRUGGLE distributor.


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