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17 Feb 2022

La Prensa Latina

Haiti: Textile workers protest for higher minimum wage

"Thousands of Haitian workers protest for higher pay", 17 February 2022

...Thousands of Haitian textile workers took to the streets of this capital Thursday to demand a higher minimum wage – currently the equivalent of $5 for eight hours – amid inflation of more than 26 percent in the Western Hemisphere’s poorest nation.

It was the fourth day of protests organized by employees of textile factories clustered at the SNPI industrial park in Port-au-Prince.

A day after marching toward the official residence of Prime Minister Ariel Henry, the workers and their supporters tried to gather in front of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor, which they accuse of colluding with SNPI employers to keep wages down.

Participants erected a barricade of burning tires that extended the length of the main thoroughfare in Delmas, the capital’s main commercial area.

One of the organizers, Telemaque Pierre, said that police prevented protesters from approaching the ministry and announced plans for a meeting with the leaders of other unions.

“If the government doesn’t give an acceptable response to our demands, next week the labor movement will acquire a national dimension,” he said...

The textile workers have not seen a hike in minimum pay in three years...