Slave labour along the Massacre river [Haiti]

Author: Maurice Lemoine, Monde Diplomatique , Published on: 1 September 2004

The Dominican investor [in a free-trade zone in Ouanaminthe, Haiti] was clothing subcontractor Grupo M...with...a reputation for treating [workers] brutally and ignoring union rights and regulations...On 8 June 40 heavily armed soldiers from the Dominican Republic arrived (on Haitian territory) to beat the workers. A 24-hour strike followed and Grupo M bosses closed the factory, illegally locking out its employees; 370 were laid off 48 hours later when the plant reopened...Dominican soldiers, now in plain clothes, continue to enforce order...[also refers to Levi Strauss, Walt Disney]

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Related companies: Grupo M Levi Strauss Walt Disney