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BAI and Cornell Review Haiti’s Minimum Wage Law

This letter, written by Bureau des Avocats Internationaux and Cornell University Law School, is an analysis of the 300 gourde per day standard for piece-rate workers in Haiti. In it, they establish that the Haitian legislature and courts that possess the authority to establish and interpret the country’s minimum wage law, not the industry and government representatives who have sought to nullify its pay requirements for piece-rate workers. The letter was written in response to the Worker Rights Consortium’s request for analysis by American and Haitian labor and human rights law experts. Part of the letter is below. Click HERE for the full text. October 20, 2014 Dear Mr. Hensler: In response to your request, the Cornell Labor Law Clinic (Clinic) and the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) have undertaken a thorough review of the 2009 Haitian Minimum Wage statute as applied to garment workers […]

Slight Raise in Haitian Minimum Wage

A slight raise in the Haitian minimum wage was signed into law Thursday, May 1. The new minimum wage is still far below what protesting workers have demanded, and not what workers should be receiving. Garment factories are also known to pay less than minimum wage and not to comply with labor laws. Haiti raises minimum wage for apparel workers Trenton Daniel, AP May 5, 2014 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) – Haiti raised slightly its minimum wage for the estimated 29,000 workers who sew together T-shirts and other clothing in the country’s apparel factories. President Michel Martelly, his prime minister and a Cabinet member who oversees labor conditions signed the 12.5 percent increase into law. It took effect Thursday, and The Associated Press obtained a copy of the decree from the office of the national gazette on Monday, the first day it […]

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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