Haiti - Economy : Everything you need to know about the new Minimum Wage
Text of the presidential decree on the minimum wage of 16 April 2014 :
"Given the Constitution, in particular Article 35.1;
Given the Labour Code;
Given the Decree of 4 November 1983 organizing the Ministry of Social Affairs;
Given the Law of 10 September 2009 fixing the minimum wage payable in industrial and commercial establishments;
Having regard to the Decree of 14 June 2013 establishing the Superior Council of Wages;
Considering that any employee of a public or private institution has the right to a fair wage and that the State must guarantee to all workers a minimum of economic and social justice;
Considering that by fixing the minimum wage the State has a duty to take into account the realities and sectoral dynamics;
Considering that according to the stipulations of the Labour Code, the minimum wage must be periodically adjusted to reflect changes in the cost of living;
On the report of the Minister of Social Affairs and Labour;
And after deliberation by the Council of Ministers,
Article 1 -. From 1 May 2014, the minimum wage is set at two hundred and sixty gourdes and 00/100 (260.00 gdes) for a day of eight (8) hours work for companies in the segment A, indicated hereafter:
1. Private Electricity Generation ;
2. Financial institutions (banks, transfer houses, insurance companies );
4. Trade import-export;
7. Art Galleries;
8. Furniture, office furniture and appliances;
9. Stores hardware;
10. Car rental companies;
11. Companies airline;
12. Companies of mail, parcel and cargo;
13. private vocational schools;
14. Companies Gambling (keepers borlette, lottery, casino, etc...);
15. 15 Manufacturing turned towards the local market.;
16. Car Dealers.;
17. Communication, Advertising Agency and Media (print, electronic, radio and television) Except Community Press;
18. Private educational institutions;
19. Private academic institutions;
20. Private health institutions;
21. Funeral Services;
22. Marine and airport agencies;
23. Offices of liberal professionals and consultants;
24. Travel Agencies;
25. Estate agencies.
Article 2 - From 1 May 2014, the minimum wage is set at two hundred and forty gourdes and 00/100 (240.00 gdes) for a day of eight (8) hours work for companies in the segment B, indicated hereafter :
1. Buildings and Public Works (BTP);
2. Companies hire trucks and heavy machinery;
3. rental companies building materials;
4. Companies transporting construction materials;
5. Hardware Stores;
6. Other financial institutions (cooperatives / credit unions, microfinance institutions);
7. Wholesale Trade;
8. Stores cosmetics and clothing;
9. Retail delivery of bulk water.:
10. Companies ground transportation.;
11. Printing, photocopying, graphics, lithography and computer services;
12. Hairdressers and Massage;
13. Laundry and dry cleaning;
14. Extractive industries (mining and quarrying);
15. Companies of petrol distribution;
16. Security agencies.
Article 3 -. From 1 May 2014 the minimum wage is set at two hundred and twenty to five gourdes and 00/100 (225.00 gdes) for a day of eight (8) hours, for companies in the segment C, indicated hereafter :
1. Other manufacturing industries export-oriented;
2. Restaurants and hotels;
3. Agriculture, forestry, livestock and fisheries;
4. Industries processing agricultural products;
5. Retail trade, except supermarkets, jewelery stores, cosmetics and clothing;
6. Craft shops and leather goods;
7. Companies shipping;
8. Community Press;
9. Other non-market services (non-profit organizations. Including national and international NGOs, foundations, associations, cooperatives of production and non-financial services).
Article 4 -. From 1 May 2014 the minimum wage is set at two hundred and twenty · five gourdes and 00/100 (225.00 gdes) per eight (8) hours of work for industrial plants turned exclusively towards re-export (assembly export-oriented industries) and essentially using their staff at the piece or task.
Article 5 -. Starting from 1 May 2014 for industrial establishments turned exclusively towards export or essentially using their staff at the piece or task, the price paid for the unit of production (including the piece, the dozen, the grosse, the meter) is set in order to allow the worker to perform his day eight (8) hours to at least three hundred gourdes and 00/100 (300 gdes).
Article 6 -.. From 1 May 2014 the minimum wage is set at one hundred and twenty to five gourdes and 00/100 (125.00 gdes) for servants, for a day of eight (8) hours.
Article 7 -. This Order will be printed, published and executed at the behest of the Minister of Social Affairs and Labour.
Given to the National Palace. Port-au-Prince, April 16, 2014. 211th Year of Independence.
President : Michel Joseph Martelly
Prime Minister : Laurent Lamothe Salvador
The Minister of Social Affairs and Labour : Charles Jean-Jacques"