Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Small Haitian Minimum Wage Increase Excludes Factory Workers

Haiti’s minimum wage is set to increase marginally on January 1st.  The increase is not only much less than factory workers have asked for, it also doesn’t include many of them because they’re said to receive more than the new wage.  Factory workers are known to receive much less than their official wages. Wage Hike in Haiti Doesn’t Address Factory Abuses Jane Regan, Inter Press Service December 3, 2013 Workers stitch Hanes tee-shirts at a factory in the CODEVI free trade zone in Ouanaminthe, Haiti. Credit: Jude Stanley Roy/IPS 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 cents to 65 cents per hour, before taxes. But the raise will not affect Haiti’s 30,000 […]

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