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Haiti - Social : Minimum wage, employers would pay less than expected...
19/10/2012 12:50:58

Haiti - Social : Minimum wage, employers would pay less than expected...
Thursday, Evel Fanfan, Executive Director of the AUMODH (Actions of Units Motivated for a Haiti of Law) argues that the law on minimum wage increase, effective October 1, has not been met, noting that Article 2.2 was very clear : the piece-rate workers must earn a minimum of 300 gourdes per day and 200 gourdes for workers in the textile sector. For Mr. Fanfan "There is no question of misinterpretation of the law on minimum wages [...] that is bad faith on the part of some employers who pay less than what the law provides [...]"

Yet in late September, Georges Sassine, the Director General of the National Society of Industrial Parks (SONAPI) had wished to clarify the amount of wages and the category of workers concerned by this law to avoid some false interpretation, as it seems unfortunately be the case today. He declared "[...] I draw everyone's attention on the fact that the law sets the minimum wage to 200 gourdes, not to 300 gourdes as we like to say. 'The 300 gourdes concern only workers who are working to the piece', which can reach 300 gourdes, that is to say, that the rate paid must enable them to reach 300 gourdes. But if a person who assembles for example collars and it earns gourds, and the person next to her does not earn 300 gourdes, this means that the tariff can be obtained [...] what I want to stress it is mainly the fact, that this is a law that applies only to 28,000 people working in outsourcing, but the rest of the country, it seems to me, are not concerned [by the amount of 300 Gourdes]"

Moreover, Josépha Raymond Gauthier, Minister of Social Affairs and Labour, responded to questions of the Senate Commission on Human Rights and Anti-Corruption, on the increase of the minimum wage and its respect as of October 1, 2012 "We have written to all patrons from August 31 to remind them of the minimum wage from 1 October," she asserted before the Commission.

Responding to a question of Senator Steven Benoît on the fact that the Superior Council of wages had not yet been implemented, the minister, who deplored the inaction of previous governments on this issue, has promised that this point would be on the agenda to the next Council of Ministers stating "We will write to the employer and the trade union sector, asking them to nominate their representatives to form this Council [...] Our three representatives are already chosen. It remains only to appoint the 6 other members, so that the institution is completed [...]"

At the end of the meeting, Senator Benoît said he was dissatisfied with the responses of the Minister, continuing to require 300 gourdes per day for all workers. The Minister Gauthier, will have again to appear before the Commission on 20 October.

See also :
http://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-6728-haiti-economy-reactions-to-the-minimum-wage.html
http://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-6645-haiti-economy-minimum-wage-300-gourdes-on-1-october-2012.html

HL/ S/ HaitiLibre

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