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Ex-Labour Commissioner faults TAWU for Port strike

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A former Commissioner of Labour has accused the Technical & Allied Workers Union (TAWU) and its President Senator Andre Lewis of being engaged in an illegal strike action on the St George’s Port that is now crippling the public especially private sector businesses that have millions of dollars in goods under lockdown on the island’s main port of entry.

Speaking to THE NEW TODAY on Friday, the labour official said the union and workers failed to “exhaust the dispute procedure” in calling a strike in what is an Essential Service and in breach of the Labour Relations act.

“The Ministry of Labour should advise the trade union to get the workers back working while the dispute procedure is activated,” he said.

The former high-ranking government employee suggested that the new Congress administration of Prime Minister Dickon Mitchell should remind TAWU of its responsibility by law to get the workers back on the job and to follow the procedures on strike in an Essential Service like the Grenada Ports Authority (GPA).

“Get the workers back on the job and after that we discuss the issues. It is in the union agreement with the company that there is a procedure to resolve disputes,” he said.

The workers took strike action on Monday after GPA fired a female employee whom it accused of breaching the work ethics.

The employee has been dogged over the years with a number of allegations and just before the June 23 general election and change of government was the subject of an investigation for alleged wrongdoing on the port.

Referring to the port as “a strategic area where the government collects its revenues”, the former Labour Commissioner pointed out that TAWU should “follow the dispute procedure where we go to conciliation and if the minister cannot settle it we appoint arbitrators to give a final judgement on the matter on facts.”

“The first thing that they (TAWU) (have) to do is to get the workers back on the job and then come around the table,” he remarked.

The former high-ranking public officer took issue with statements reportedly made by Sen. Lewis that he had only joined the strike after the workers took industrial action by withholding their labour from GPA.

He described Sen. Lewis’ behaviour “as the tail was wagging the dog” since it is now apparent that “the workers went on strike and the union went in and followed them.”

“The union (is) supposed to get the workers back on the job, inform them that it is an Essential Service, go back on the job and take the dispute to the Ministry of Labour. It is as simple as that.”

“If the Labour Minister and the Minister of Labour cannot handle it then the minister has the authority to appoint Arbitration – it is not voluntary, it is compulsory. If the matter cannot be resolved the Minister can set up an Arbitration panel to look at the facts and come with a final determination which is legal and binding. Anything that comes from the Arbitrators is legal and binding. There is no need to go to court and so, as this is what the law says.”

“The law says that if the union and management cannot settle it in front of the (Labour) Commissioner because it is an Essential Service the Minister could appoint an Arbitration Panel which is comprised of a government representative, a representative from management and a representative from the union and whatever came from that Arbitration Tribunal is final and binding,” he remarked.

“So if the government is wrong, the government is wrong. If the union is wrong, the union is wrong and that is final and binding – that is the law but they (TAWU) must get the workers back on the job while the process is going on.”



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“Sukie” – A repeated offender

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Controversial Dominica entertainer 36-year old Shane “Sukie Burn Brain” Edwards is once again in trouble with the law but not in his homeland.

Known by others as “Sukie”, the artiste was arrested in Grenada last weekend and charged by police with one count of Indecent Assault.

Several Dominicans are not surprised at the arrest with many describing the entertainer as a time bomb when it comes to running into trouble with the law.

One Dominican told THE NEW TODAY that “Sukie” is considered as a “repeated” offender and is not considered as “a favourite” in the country.

“He is challenged with good discipline and regularly in trouble with the law. Members of the public tried and continue to try to assist him to be a good citizen but he is not showing sign of coming around,” he said.

The Dominican also pointed to allegations surrounding Sukie of sexual misconduct on a visit to neighbouring St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

“There was a report where Sukie went to SVG and did the same thing as in Grenada with a 15 year old but for some strange reason was given a slap on the hand and there was no charge filed,” he remarked.

According to the Dominican resident, many have always been fearful that he will cause embarrassment to the country.

Sukie was also arrested in Dominica and charged with battery on a female and threat and was remanded in custody for the alleged offence.

However, he was given bail after a month in the lock up.

His trial for the offence of threat and battery is scheduled for a hearing in the Roseau Magistrate court on Tuesday.

Since his release in October, the artist has performed at many events around the Caribbean region.

The entertainer travelled to Grenada over the weekend to perform alongside other artistes but was picked up by Police on Friday night following a criminal complaint from a guest who was staying at the same hotel with him.

Sukie was charged on Saturday, was denied bail and could not perform at the show.

He appeared before Chief Magistrate Teddy St Louis on Monday but was again denied bail and sent to the Richmond Hill prison on Remand.

Under Grenada’s Criminal Code, the charge of “indecent assault” is a summary offence that carries a maximum prison sentence of 5 years.



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History & culture of the eastern Caribbean islands

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The Eastern Caribbean is a region that includes a number of small island nations and territories in the Caribbean Sea. These islands have a rich history and culture that have been shaped by a variety of influences, including African, Caribbean, European, and indigenous peoples.

The first inhabitants of the Eastern Caribbean were indigenous peoples who migrated to the region thousands of years ago. These people included the Arawaks, Caribs, and Tainos, who were skilled farmers, fishermen, and craftsmen.

The first European explorers to reach the Eastern Caribbean were the Spanish, who arrived in the region in the late 15th century. The Spanish claimed the islands for their own and began to establish settlements, plantations, and mines. However, they were soon challenged by the English, French, and Dutch, who also wanted to control the region.

The Eastern Caribbean became a battleground for these European powers, who fought over control of the islands for more than two centuries. The islands were eventually divided among the European powers, with the English, French, and Dutch each controlling a number of islands.

During this period, the islands became a melting pot of cultures, with African slaves brought to the region to work on the plantations, and Europeans, Africans, and indigenous peoples mixing and intermingling. This led to the development of a unique culture and identity for the Eastern Caribbean, which is still evident today.

Today, the Eastern Caribbean is a diverse and vibrant region with a rich history and culture. The islands are known for their beautiful beaches, stunning natural scenery, and vibrant music and dance traditions. The region also has a thriving tourism industry, with many visitors coming to the islands to experience the unique culture and beauty of the Eastern Caribbean.

In addition to its rich history and culture, the Eastern Caribbean is also known for its natural beauty. The islands are home to a variety of landscapes, including white sandy beaches, lush rainforests, and mountains. The region is also home to a number of protected areas and national parks, which are home to a wide variety of flora and fauna, including many species that are found nowhere else in the world.

The Eastern Caribbean is also an important economic region, with many of the islands relying on tourism as a major source of income. The region is also known for its production of spices, particularly nutmeg, which is one of the main exports of the region. In addition, the islands are home to a number of small-scale industries, including fishing, agriculture, and manufacturing.

The Eastern Caribbean is also a popular destination for sailors, with many of the islands offering excellent sailing conditions and a number of marinas and yacht clubs. The region is also home to a number of major sailing events, including the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers and the Caribbean 600 race.

Overall, the Eastern Caribbean is a fascinating and diverse region with a rich history, culture, and natural beauty. The islands offer a wide range of activities and attractions for visitors to enjoy, from relaxing on beautiful beaches to exploring the region’s vibrant culture and history.

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Dominican Entertainer Jailed for Six Months

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A Dominican entertainer has been sentenced to six months in prison here, on a conviction of two counts of indecent assault.

Chief Magistrate, Teddy St. Louis sent Shane Edwards, aka, Sunkie to jail today, Friday December 2 after he was arrested on Saturday for inappropriately touching a female.

Edwards, 36, an entertainer from Roseau Dominica was in Grenada to perform at a show last Saturday evening



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