April 2: “A Truce In The Worthy Park Strike”

1950: A truce in the Worthy Park strike is expected within another day or two. The temporary call-off will be made out of the Trade Union Congress’ (TUC) desire to protect the interests of the cane farmers. But it is understood that this will in no way affect the determination of the TUC to press for recognition of bargaining rights for a section of the sugar workers. The big ring of more than 1,000 cane farmers in Kellits and Crofts Hill are considered to be sympathetic to the strikers cause. 


1951: Leader of the Opposition, Mr Norman W. Manley, KC, has asked Government to summon an emergency meeting of the House of Representatives to deal with the reports of trade negotiations between the United Kingdom and Cuba, which may damage the interests of Jamaican sugar and tobacco industries, a protest cable has been sent by the People’s National Party (PNP) to the secretary of state for the colonies. The request follows a meeting of the agricultural committee of the PNP, which considered, among other matters, the trade negotiations in which it is reported Britain and Cuba are now engaged. 


1957: Mr Charles Edward Johnston, more popularly known in the banana industry as ‘Mass Charlie’, dies at his home on Osbourne Road in St Andrew after an illness lasting for some months. He was in his 86th year. A pioneer in the formation of the cooperative movement in the banana industry, Mr Johnston was at the time of his death managing director of the Jamaica Banana Producers’ Association, director of the Jamaica Fruit and Shipping Company Ltd, director of Adolph Levy and Brother Ltd and director of Kingston Wharves Ltd. 


1963: Two separate commissions of enquiry are to probe the affairs of the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC)and the Portland Parish Council. The prime minister, Sir Alexander Bustamante, announces that the personnel of the KSAC would be announced next week, and that for the present he had nothing more to say regarding the issue. In a Gleaner interview, he said the commission for the Portland enquiry had been appointed some days ago, before the decision to probe the KSAC affairs. 


1967: A cyclist is killed in the Spanish Town area after a collision with a motorcar. The driver of the car has been arrested on a charge of manslaughter. Dead is Mr James Samuels of Rosemount in St Mary, an employee of Innswood Estate Ltd. The driver of the car, Mr Percival Maragh of a Cockburn Gardens address, is arrested by Constable Clifford McKitty of the Spanish Town police.