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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 […]

Ouvriers revoquées après avoir demandé un salaire juste

La plupart des ouvriers ne gagnent pas le salaire minimum fixé par la loi haitienne. Quand des ouvriers de la CODEVI ont protesté leurs salaires, les responsables de CODEVI ont décidé de révoquer ces ouvriers. Maintenant, les ouvriers demandent justice, réparations, et le respect du code du travail haïtien. Haiti-Sous-traitance: des ouvriers de la CODEVI à Ouanaminthe dénoncent leur révocation Sylvestre Fils Dorcilus, Haiti Press Network 7 aout 2014 81 ouvriers de la Compagnie de développement et industrielle S.A. (CODEVI S.A.), basé à Ouanaminthe, dans le département du Nord’Est, ont dénoncé leur révocation, qu’ils qualifient d’arbitraire au sein de l’entreprise. Cette vague de révocation, selon les explications de l’une des victimes, qui a débuté depuis le vendredi 1e août, de manière informelle, a été poursuivi jusqu’au lundi 11. Des agents de sécurité de la compagnie ont été déployés aux abords des […]

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 […]

BAI/IJDH Reports on Impunity for Workers’ Rights Violations

This article details the recent BAI/IJDH report on workers’ rights in Haiti. It discusses garment workers’ low wages and poor working conditions, terminations of workers who joined unions, and the Haitian government’s complicity in impunity for garment factories and other corporations. New Report Details Persecution of Public and Private Sector Union Activists in Haiti Center for Economic and Policy Research, Haiti Liberte April 30, 2014 The Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) and its Haiti-based partner Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) have released a report outlining recent cases of persecution of organized workers in Haiti as well as Haitian government complicity in allowing illegal attacks against, and terminations of labor activists to occur without judicial consequences.  The report, titled “Haitian labor movement struggles as workers face increased anti-union persecution and wage suppression,” documents attacks and firings of union organizers by […]

IADL Passes Resolution on Labor Rights in Haiti

The International Association of Democratic Lawyers passed this resolution, below, at its 18th Congress in Brussels. International Association of Democratic Lawyers calls for the protection of union activists in Haiti April 17, 2014 IADL is concerned about increasing persecution against union activists, wage suppression and worker exploitation in Haiti’s public sector and apparel industry four years after the January 12, 2010 earthquake. The International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL), a non-governmental organization with consultative status to the Council on Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations (ECOSOC), was established to support and uphold the international law, and to protect the rights of nations to development, economic equality and access to scientific achievements as well as natural resources. IADL is alarmed by increasing persecution against union activists, wage suppression and worker exploitation in Haiti’s public sector and apparel industry. As […]

Garment Workers Need a Living Wage

A recent study found that Haitian garment workers earn less than the minimum wage, which is itself much less than what a family needs to survive. Paying for transportation to work alone takes up most of a worker’s salary. Workers are fighting to raise the minimum wage to more than just scraping a living. Garment Exports Rise but Haitian Workers Paid Starvation Wages Solidarity Center April 17, 2014 Despite a 45 percent increase in apparel exports since the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the women and men who sew T-shirts and jeans primarily destined for the U.S. market barely earn enough to pay for their lunch and transportation to work, a new Solidarity Center survey finds.   Despite rising exports, Haitian garment workers are paid so little they can barely afford food. Photo: Lauren Stewart The average cost of living for an export […]

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