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Haiti - NOTICE : Assembly & Textile Companies closed in the metropolitan area...
12/12/2013 09:04:03

Haiti - NOTICE : Assembly & Textile Companies closed in the metropolitan area...
Following the demonstrations concerning an increase of over 200% of minimum wage in the assembly and textile sector, the Association of Industries of Haiti (ADIH), for reasons of safety of employees, was forced to close this Thursday, Dec. 12 the Assembly & Textile Companies of the metropolitan area.

Statement of the ADIH :
"The Association of Industries of Haiti (ADIH) inform workers that the Assembly & Textile Companies in the metropolitan area will be closed Thursday, December 12, this to ensure the safety of employees and their workplace. Therefore, the workers do not have to be come at work this Thursday, December 12, 2013. This decision had to be adopted following the events Tuesday, December 10 and again Wednesday, December 11 in an increased way, during which individuals entered violently within the confines of several plants to sow panic chanting 'mete yo deyò' and force workers to leave their workstation.

The situation has further deteriorated this morning and again provoked, violently, the forced closure of several businesses.

It is important that the Government, the Directorate General of SONAPI and those responsible for public safety, take all measures necessary to ensure that companies, both in SONAPI that outside the park, can operate and that the right to work of workers is guaranteed.

ADIH remember that each of these violent incidents helps to discourage Haitians and foreign investors, with consequent worsening of the situation of endemic unemployment knows in our country.

The Board of Directors."

Recall that protesters demanding 500 gourdes daily wage instead of 225 gourdes (± 4.60 U.S.) (up to 300 gourdes) recently decided by the Supreme Council for Wages (CSS). Note that in a note late November, members of the apparel industry and assembly of ADIH had indicated "that wage policy should be continuously monitored to maintain Haiti competitive in terms of the minimum wage compared to countries that are major competitors of Haiti" such as Cambodia (2.67 U.S.), Vietnam (2.61 to 3.71 U.S.) and Bangladesh (3.53 to 3.86 U.S.) "While closely following the situation of African countries that enjoy the same privileges (export taxes without taxs) that Haiti [...]

We also recognize that the sectors of clothing and assembly are not an end in themselves, but they can be very challenging and serve as a locomotive to help Haiti to open up and present itself as a country that is changing and modernizing. If the unions, the government and the private sector join forces to promote Haiti as a competitive and welcoming destination for
investors from around the world of the assembly, clothing and textiles, we support the idea that 200,000 jobs can be created in Haiti over the next 6 to 8 years, with an impact on the economy of Haiti of more than 2.5 billion dollars of exports each year [...]"

With a demand for a daily wage for the sector over U.S. $ 11 (the highest of all the countries concerned) this sector in Haiti will simply be no longer competitive and its existence would probably be threatened.

HL/ SL/ HaitiLibre

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