Places Archives: Haiti

May 1st is May Day – International Workers’ Day

     by Rapid Response Network This day began as a commemoration of Chicago workers’ fight for the 8 hour work day and the right to organize. In Haiti, workers are still battling for these essential rights. Haitian garment workers receive the lowest wage in the western hemisphere – 350 Gourdes, or US $5.40. Their … Continue reading May 1st is May Day – International Workers’ Day

Strike in Haiti: Support Needed

By Rapid Response Network Today, Haitian garment workers are going on strike to demand 500 gourdes ($7.94 for 8 hour work day)! This follows last Thursday’s (5/11) work stoppage and shut down of the SONAPI Industrial Park in Port Au Prince. From that action, union organizer, Telemarque Pierre, was fired without reason from his position … Continue reading Strike in Haiti: Support Needed

Dominican Republic Cane Cutters & Haitian Garment Workers Meet to Voice Their Own Demands

By One Struggle On what I earn, I can’t afford shoes… We are poor, poor, poor. There are days we go to bed without food. – Batey worker from the film, “The Price of Sugar” In the sugar plantations or bateyes of Dominican Republic, cane cutters often work barefoot. They can’t afford shoes. They can … Continue reading Dominican Republic Cane Cutters & Haitian Garment Workers Meet to Voice Their Own Demands