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|Sujet: HAITI: Factories forced to close amid wage protests. APALIPAPA!!! Mer 18 Déc 2013 - 10:11|| |
HAITI: Factories forced to close amid wage protests
By Leonie Barrie | 17 December 2013
A number of garment factories in Haiti were forced to close last week following protests by workers demanding a higher minimum wage.
The workers say a rise in the minimum wage set out last month, and due to come into effect from 1 January, is insufficient.
Haiti's newly formed tripartite Higher Council on Wages (CSS), which includes government, management and labour representatives, has proposed a new rate of HTG225 (US$5.43) for an eight-hour day.
This is a rise of just 12.5% above the HTG200 (US$4.83) a day which has been in place since October 2012.
Apparel workers' unions have been demanding a minimum of HTG500 (US$12.08) a day - more than twice the proposed rate.
The Association of Industries of Haiti (ADIH) said the decision to close the factories was taken to ensure worker safety - and added that "these violent incidents discourage Haitians and foreign investors, with [the] consequent worsening of the unemployment situation in our country."
It added that demands for a daily wage of more than US$11 would mean Haiti would no longer be competitive with other apparel suppliers such as Cambodia (US$2.67), Vietnam (US$2.61 to $3.71) and Bangladesh (US$3.53 to $3.86).
It added that the clothing and textiles sector in Haiti has the potential to create 200,000 jobs over the next six to eight years, and add more than $2.5bn a year to exports - but only if the business climate is attractive to foreign investors.
Wages paid to garment workers in Haiti also came under the spotlight in October, when a report accused factories of minimum wage violations that routinely deprived workers of nearly one-third of their pay.
Research carried out by the US-based Worker Rights Consortium (WRC) claimed that workers in Port-au-Prince, where more than 90% of Haiti's garment factories are located, are paid an average of 32% less than they should be under the country's minimum wage and overtime laws.
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|Sujet: Re: HAITI: Factories forced to close amid wage protests. APALIPAPA!!! Ven 20 Déc 2013 - 10:10|| |
Who benefits from the low minimum wage in Haiti? Are these workers who can not eat the beneficiairies of this low minimum wage? Why don't they reestablish slavery;They would not have to pay them any wage.Why do people work.? Is it to enrich only the upper class or to take care of their families? Can a worker take care of his or her family with 4 dollars a day in Haiti today?
Some house slaves will say :It is better than nothing.No ,that is not true ;it is not better than nothing.These sweat shops create more ghettos in the capital, more crimes and more inflation . They don't produce any goods an services for the local consumption; Their profits don't stay in the country; They don't even want to pays taxes to the government. They prefer to pay mercenaries to destabilize the country when the President asks them to pay a decent wage to the workers.
Do we really believe if they were contributors to the development of the country they will be in Haiti and not in Mississipi,Louisiana , Alabama or Arkansas?At a time when the American workers in mac Donald are asking a minimum wage of 12 dollars an hour ,the Haitian worker can not get 5 dollars a day.Is the cost of living in Haiti less than that of the United States?Does it take more brain to flip hamburgers in the United states than to make a piece of garment in Haiti?. Why there is such disparity between the salaries of these workers.?