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This Day in 1962

Published:Wednesday | June 6, 2012 | 12:00 AM

JAMAICA's historical landscape is littered with dates which have shaped the terrain as well as the future of the country's diverse inhabitants.

These events range from catastrophic to euphoric with no shortage of recollection whenever the various milestones are mentioned.

From earthquakes, hurricanes and fires to Olympic glory and Independence, The Gleaner started chronicling Jamaica's roller-coaster history ride in 1834, and has had a front-row seat at every major event since.

With 2012 marking Jamaica's 50th year of Independence from Great Britain, The Gleaner continues to share events which made the news, this day, in 1962.

Mechanisation - 300 estate workers for dismissal

The Jamaica Sugar Estates Limited of Duckenfield completed its sugar crop Friday, May 31. The crop yielded 16,516 tons of sugar.

Nearly 300 workers employed to the estate were served notices of dismissal when the crop was completed.

The notice stated that many of these workers would be employed temporarily during the slow season, but would not be wanted again for the 1962 or for the 1963 crop, owing to the company's intention to implement mechanisation on the estate. Severance will be paid to the displaced workers.

Ships being diverted from Jamaican ports

Local shipping agents began diverting ships bound with cargo for the island to other foreign ports of call as the deadlock on the Kingston waterfront continued yesterday without any immediate sign of settlement.

The city's docks appeared like a graveyard for the fourth day in succession, with some 15 ships idle.

Yesterday, representatives of the shipping association refused to give any information on the situation. Waterfront union leaders were also reluctant to discuss the situation.

The dispute on the waterfront began last week Monday when some 30 port workers unloading rice from the vessel Artemis went on strike to protest against the method of unloading.

The men claimed it was dangerous to them. The shippers on Saturday retaliated by suspending work on the entire waterfront until the Artemis was unloaded.

Tourism director to be appointed

The Jamaica Government is to appoint a director of tourism in a bold bid to give a new look to the tourist industry and in an effort to expand it into new directions, the Hon Robert Lightbourne, minister of trade and industry, announced last night in the House of Representatives.

Speaking on the second day of the Debate on Expenditure Estimates, Lightbourne deplored the fact that the whole approach to tourism in Jamaica was not Jamaican. They did not want Jamaica, for one thing, to become an imitation Miami, he said.

England was making a lot of money out of tourism, but without altering England for the tourist. The position was the same with Switzerland.

Tobacco company workers resume today

Some 300 workers employed to the Jamaica Tobacco Company, Upper Waterloo Road, who have been on strike since last week Wednesday, will return to their jobs this morning.

A meeting between the company and the National Workers Union (NWU) representing the workers will be held after the resumption.

The workers walked off their jobs as a protest against what they claim to be the delay of the company in finalising negotiations with the NWU on claims by the unions for wage increases and improved working conditions on their behalf.

Pottery plant workers back to work today

Workers employed at Jamaica Pottery Limited's plant at Twickenham, who have been on strike since Monday, will return to their jobs this morning.

The back-to-work decision was taken at a meeting yesterday afternoon after the workers were addressed by Hugh Shearer, island supervisor of the BITU, representing the workers.

The workers walked off their jobs as a protest against the delay in the implementation of the recent Arbitration Tribunal Award handed down in the building industry.