Caribbean Report 01-11-1991



Table of Contents

1. Headlines (00:00-00:30)
2. Barbadians are still awaiting word from the coalition of trade unions on whether they will shut down the country on Monday and Tuesday. The unions are locked in talks with the government demanding the retraction of the government’s 8% pay cut of public servants and the laying off of approximately 2000 part time employees. Leader of the coalition, Leroy Trottman, told workers to stand by for further industrial action. Sandra Baptiste reports and comments from Evette Delph, Vice President of the Barbados Association of Medical Practitioners. John Goddard, a leading businessman, states that the private sector support for the coalition of trade unions is waning (00:31-05:11)
3. Guyana’s Attorney General, Keith Massiah is expected to state publicly tonight the advice he has given the President on the question of whether parliament can convene giving more time to clean up the voters list. Sharief Khan reports from Georgetown. Lord Avery, Chairman of the British Parliamentary Human Rights Group believes that international pressure can force the clean-up of the voters list (05:12-10:16)
4. The decision to impose an international trade embargo against Haiti was implemented to serve a dual purpose: to stifle the military takeover and to send a warning to others contemplating future military coups. Comments from Bernard Aronson, US Assistant Secretary of State for Latin America (10:07-13:06)
5. Sandra Baptiste provides a further update on the planned shutdown in Barbados (13:07-14:00)
6. As the embargo begins to affect Haitians, Jean Bertrand Aristide arrives in Dominica on the first leg of a campaign to rally support for his reinstatement (14:01-14:42)