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Haiti - Economy : The textile sector could lose nearly 40% of its jobs
01/09/2022 10:19:01

Haiti - Economy : The textile sector could lose nearly 40% of its jobs
According to Dominique St Eloi, President of the National Coordination of Haitian Workers (CNOHA), nearly 15,000 workers risk being fired in the coming weeks.

The union estimates that 15 of the 32 companies of the National Company of Industrial Parks (SONAPI) are preparing to close their doors. (Horizon, a Dominican pants company, Valdor Apparel and WILL Best Haitian S.A, a clothing production store, are on the verge of closure). Go-Haiti has already laid off more than 800 workers and permanently closed its doors.

In the textile sector which generated more than 50,000 jobs before the crisis, three factories have already closed in Ouanaminthe

The Haitian subsidiary S&H Global of the South Korean textile group Sae-A, installed in the Industrial Park of Caraccol, more than 4,000 workers lost their jobs 40% of the workforce of the company. At issue, according to the leaders, is the 45% drop in orders from their American retail customers (in particular the Gap, Target and Walmart brands) due to the current global economic crisis.

But other facts threaten the survival of the factories, Georges Sassine, board member of the Association of Industries of Haiti (ADIH), points out that due to gang violence these companies are unable to export their articles or to receive raw materials from abroad.

Predicting "If nothing is done, all companies and factories in the subcontracting sector will definitely close their doors " recalling that thousands of workers have already lost their jobs in recent months, in particular due to the theft of containers by armed gangs at Croix des Bouquets.

The CNOHA estimates that nearly 20,000 workers will lose their jobs in 2022 out of the estimated 50,000 workers in the textile subcontracting sector...

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