1950: The Government decides to appoint a Board of Inquiry into the present position in regard to representational disputes between trade unions in Jamaica, which will be charged with making recommendations for the provision of machinery for the settlement of disputes. The decision is taken by the Executive Council on recommendations made to Government by G. H. Scott, labour adviser.
1953: Increased annual expenditure of approximately £36, 000 pounds is involved in the staffing of the eight ministries which will be established shortly in connection with the constitutional advance to become effective later this year. The House of Representatives has approved the creation of the new posts to staff, the ministries and the additional expenditure involved, simultaneously as members received copies of a booklet issued by the Government Printer containing the governor’s three broadcasts on the changes.
1958: A truck owned by Eric Thorpe and driven by Mr Howard of Dumfries collides with a truck driven by Alvin Chin of Montpellier and a motorcycle ridden by a Mr Hemans, between mileposts 9 and 10 on the road from Montego Bay to Montpellier. All the occupants of the truck and the motorcyclists are in the hospital as a result of the crash.
1963: Minister of Finance Donald Sangster returns to Jamaica from New York after having discussions with the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the Export and Import Bank. He reports that the visit was very useful and he believed it to be successful.
1968: The Ministry of Communications has taken action and works in collaboration with the Ministry of Defence to ensure the continued entry of shipping into the port of Kingston following the strike of 21 pilots employed to the Kingston Pilotage Authority. In view of the strike situation, the Jamaica Defence Force Coast Guard has been assigned to give assistance in the movement of ships in the port of Kingston between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.
1982: The Government of Jamaica says that none of the English cricketers who are taking part in the cricket series in South Africa will be allowed to come to Jamaica to play cricket or “participate in any other sport here”. Taking note of the fact that “a team of English cricketers has gone to South Africa to play cricket against South African teams”, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Hugh Shearer sent a letter on the subject to the president of the West Indies Cricket Board of Control, Allan Rae. He outlined in the letter that the Government condemns this action as it violates the objectives of the Gleneagles Agreement.