Caribbean Report 06-09-1999 

Table of Contents
1. Headlines with anchor Orin Gordon (00:00 - 00:25)
2. State workers in St. Vincent and the Grenadines are in line to receive a significant pay increase of twelve percent which is less than the twenty percent as advocated for by trade unions. Payment is expected to be sourced from budgetary contingency funds. Trade Union leader Conrad Sears discusses the outcome of wage negotiations. Finance Minister Arnhim Eustace comments on the constraints faced by government in sourcing money to pay the wage increase (00:26 – 04:08)
3. In Grenada teachers stayed away from schools to protest. The Grenada Union of Teachers are demanding a nine percent increment. Union President Victor Antoine comments on union proposals on behalf of teachers, continuing industrial actions and ongoing wage negotiations with government. Lew Smith reports from St. Georges (04:09 - 05:55)
4. Food Company Nestle is recalling bottles of Libby Orchard and Nesfit drinks sold to supermarkets throughout the Caribbean as broken glass was found in isolated drinks. Spokesperson Brian Sealy discusses the proactive, voluntary recall of contaminated drinks based on one complaint by a single consumer (05:56 – 09:03)
5. Caribbean leaders and experts are discussing the future of the region in the 21st century at Mona Campus in Jamaica. The conference main theme is globalization and how small states can cope with the twin blows of free trade and reduction in aid and preferential agreements. Dr. Vaughan Lewis former St. Lucia Prime Minister discusses the end of US preferential trade agreements for Caribbean bananas. Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Basdeo Panday suggests that the UWI is too expensive for governments to maintain and the need to make a change in subventions to the regional university. Yvette Rowe reports on conference sessions from Kingston Jamaica (09: 04 – 13:14)
6. Jamaican born sprinter Linford Christie was cleared by the UK Athletics Disciplinary Committee on doping charges after testing positive for the banned steroid nandrolone. Keith Stone Greaves reports (13:15 – 15:34)