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Wage Hike in Haiti Doesn’t Address Factory Abuses

category central america / caribbean | workplace struggles | non-anarchist press author Donnerstag Dezember 05, 2013 20:43author by Jane Regan - IPS Report this post to the editors

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Dec 3 2013 (IPS) - Haiti’s minimum wage will nudge up 12 percent on Jan. 1, from 4.65 to 5.23 dollars (or 200 to 225 gourdes) per day. Calculated hourly, it will go from 58 to 65 cents, before taxes.

But the raise will not affect Haiti’s 30,000 assembly factory workers, who are supposed to already be receiving about seven dollars for an eight-hour day – about 87 cents per hour. Recent studies have found rampant wage theft at almost two dozen of the factories that stitch clothing for companies like Gap and Walmart.

The wage hike comes almost five years after the Haitian parliament asked for a 200-gourde minimum wage, then worth 4.96 dollars a day, but failed to overcome Washington-backed industry opposition [see sidebar].

Agreed to on Nov. 29 by a government-convened Council on Salaries (CSS) – made up of labour, business and government representatives – the raise falls far short of the minimum wage of 11.63 dollars (500 gourdes) that factory worker unions and others were demanding.

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460_0___30_0_0_0_0_0_pwen_6_1.jpg imageHaiti: Sackings and Repression! 04:12 So 02 Okt by Batay Ouvriye 1 comments

During the days following the dismissal of 5 members of the executive committee of SOTA (the Textile and Apparel Workers’ Union), the firings are contiuing even worse.

pwen.png image[Haiti] After the minimum wage increase, heightened exploitation! 10:57 Di 20 Okt by Batay Ouvriye 1 comments

The following is a flyer we distributed last week concerning rising quotas and increased exploitation in the factories in Haiti.

__1.jpg imageUpdate on Haitian Minimum Wage Struggles 15:08 Mo 10 Aug by s. nappalos 0 comments

This is an update on struggles from July

devant2600x451.jpg imageFactory Occupations in Haiti & a march August 19th 23:20 So 09 Aug by s. nappalos 1 comments

Over 10,000 workers including Batay Ouvriye members at the industrial parks (i.e. mass sweatshop district) of Port au Prince occupied their factories Tuesday in support of the demand for the enactment of the minimum wage legislation passed by Parliament, but stalled by the President.

imageThe IWW Mission to Haiti Mai 08 by wobbly 1 comments

We reproduce the content of the blog of a recent IWW union visit to Haiti, where they met with the CTH and Batay Ouvriye. The notes reproduced here are of the greatest interest to understand the prospects for the Haitian working class struggles. They are of enormous value to understand, also, the reality of Haiti after 4 years of occupation and the need for solidarity... Solidarity forever!

imageThe minimum Wage struggle in Haiti Apr 07 by KOPA 2 comments

Let’s support the Haitian workers’ struggle for a minimum wage adjustment and the struggle to lower the cost of living, a two-pronged struggle.

imageHaiti: Sackings and Repression! Okt 02 1 comments

During the days following the dismissal of 5 members of the executive committee of SOTA (the Textile and Apparel Workers’ Union), the firings are contiuing even worse.

image[Haiti] After the minimum wage increase, heightened exploitation! Okt 20 BO 1 comments

The following is a flyer we distributed last week concerning rising quotas and increased exploitation in the factories in Haiti.

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