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It happened this week ... in 1982

Published:Wednesday | February 3, 2016 | 2:00 AM
Michael Manley
Sir Florizel Glasspole
Michael Holding
Queen Elizabeth II
Ronald Reagan
Edward Seaga
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Sunday, January 31

- Opposition Leader Michael Manley said it would be wise, at this stage, to allow the negotiations in the bauxite/alumina industry to continue without further industrial action. Manley, speaking at a PNP fundraising dinner at the St Elizabeth Technical High School in Santa Cruz, said a few offers were made by the bauxite companies, and these were rejected by the union, but a new approach was taking place and there had been "substantial movement". If the talks broke down, he said, then it would be "a different story". Manley, who is taking part in the talks as coordinating adviser to the National Workers' Union, said it was a great privilege for him to be negotiating in bauxite after a nine-year absence.

- An 18-member delegation representing the government of Puerto Rico arrived on a mission of economic cooperation between Puerto Rico and Jamaica. The delegation, led by the Secretary of the State of Puerto Rico Carlos S. Quiros, was met at the Norman Manley International Airport by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Hugh Shearer. The delegation will be in the island for three days during which time there will be discussions on projects in areas that can be developed under a joint technical cooperation programme.

- The National Executive Council of the People's National Party has called on Governor General Sir Florizel Glasspole to resign rather than add his signature and give assent to the bill repealing the JSA Act. A resolution passed at a meeting held at the St Elizabeth Technical High School in Santa Cruz condemned Minister of Education Mavis Gilmour's action as "precipitate, improper, and dangerous, and a gross abuse of Parliament to override the normal rights of citizens". According to the resolution, the passage of the bill posed "such a grave threat to democratic principles and individual human rights that we call upon Governor General Sir Florizel Glasspole to resign rather than add his signature and give assent to the law referred to".

Monday, February 1

- Alcan Jamaica is partially closing down its processing plant at Ewarton, St Catherine, after hourly paid workers started a wildcat strike for increased wages and improved fringe benefits. The plant will close down completely unless an agreement can be reached in wage negotiations scheduled to continue at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Hourly paid staff on the 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. shift at Ewarton turned up for work, but within one hour, they walked off the job. Despite pleas from their union delegates to resume work, they left the plant. A spokesman for the company said that the processing plant was being closed down because of a lack of personnel to operate and maintain the equipment.

Tuesday, February 2

- St Kitts and Nevis Premier Kennedy Simmonds conferred with Cabinet colleagues following what government sources feared was an attempt on his life. The premier was uninjured in an incident during which a bearded man slashed at him with a machete outside government headquarters. The attacker slashed Police Constable Felix Fredericks in the face. The premier saw when constable Fredericks, on guard at the headquarters, was injured and was assisting him towards a car when the attacker lunged at the head of government. Premier Simmonds escaped injury and the attacker, said to be a member of the local Rastafarian movement, was shot in the right leg by another policeman. Government sources said that shortly before the incident, the man was in the building asking the whereabouts of the premier.

Wednesday February 3

- Inspired by the magnificent bowling of Joel Garner and Michael Holding, three critical and spectacular close catches, and the discipline and expertise of their three most experienced batsmen, the West Indies completed a hard-earned victory by five wickets over Australia in the decisive third Test. The triumph, a seemingly impossible dream when play began with Australia 341 for four and coasting to safety in their second innings, levelled the series and left the Sir Frank Worrell Trophy in the hands of Clive Lloyd, the long-serving West Indies captain whose undefeated 77 was a significant element in the result. It was a tribute to the tenacity of a team which had allowed the initiative to slip from its grasp several times throughout the duration of an enthralling contest.

Thursday, February 4

- A back-to-work order was issued by the Industrial Disputes Tribunal to the unionised workers at the Kingston transshipment port to get back on the job at 9 p.m. However, there was no resumption at that hour, but a spokesman for the management of the port said that it was expected that the workers would resume at eight the following morning. The Order to Cease Industrial Action, which was issued by the Tribunal shortly after 5 p.m., read: "This Tribunal hereby orders that such industrial action, which has begun in contemplation or furtherance of the aforesaid industrial dispute, shall cease with effect from 4th February, 1982, at 9 p.m."

Friday, February 5

- Cabinet began a three-day retreat at Jamaica House under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Edward Seaga to review the economy and discuss key policy issues and important government programmes. A Jamaica House news release said: "The economic review will examine the out-turn for the year 1981-82, Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure for the coming financial year, and projections for 1983-84. The Public Sector Investment Programme, which has been under preparation over the past year, and which will determine the areas of capital expenditure by the Government for the next two financial years that are to be financed by international financial institutions and bilateral aid programmes, will be finalised."

Saturday, February 6

- President Ronald Reagan unveiled a US$757.6 billion budget for 1983 that slashes spending for social programmes, increases defence funds, and promises huge deficits and high interest rates for many years. The proposed budget projects a record deficit of US$98.6 billion for the current fiscal year and a deficit of US$91.6 billion for the financial year beginning October 1, 1983. "Our budget deficits will be large because of the current recession and because it is impossible in a short period of time to correct the mistakes of decades," Reagan said in the budget message he will send to Congress.

- Queen Elizabeth II celebrated the 30th anniversary of her accession to the throne in the quiet seclusion of Sandringham House, one of her privately owned country residences. Elizabeth II became queen in 1952 when her father, King George VI, died at Sandringham, close to the Norfolk Coast in eastern England. The then Princess Elizabeth was on tour in East Africa at the time.