Protest By Workers In Haiti On A 7 Dollar Pay Wage
In early October, around three dozen workers from Port au Prince, Delmas district, in Haiti went and shared their grievances about their struggle to earn better wages in Haiti with the United States activists.
They were willing to sit in the heat and dark for hours together to share their grievance. One of the employees at Multiwear Assembly Plant complained that he had to pay for his own transportation and couldn't do anything much with the salary earned.
Their daily work started at 6 am and carried on till 5 pm without any lunch break and they had a huge production quota to meet. In an effort to increase the minimum wages of workers with effect from October 1st, the owners of factories had stepped up production.
On September 29th, when the news about the quotas was known to the Premium Apparel employees, they requested to meet the owner. On the morning of October 1st, a wildcat strike for two hours was staged at the One World Apparel factory nearby. To get the workers back on the work, the owners threatened with possible mass layoffs and also used selective firings.
Caught between the fear of losing jobs and increasing cost of living, the workers had no alternative but to seek external assistance from United Nations..
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