Last week hundreds of Haitian garment workers walked out of factories in the capital of Port-au-Prince and marched on parliament to demand a minimum wage of 500 gourdes ($11.50) a day. The workers, mostly young women, were enraged over a decision by a government commission on wages which lowered the minimum from US$7.50 a day, which manufacturers refused to pay, to a miserable $5 a day. You can’t live on that, even in Haiti. The workers struck for two days, December 10 and 11, and then were locked out by the bosses for a third day. When they went back on Friday, a number of union leaders were barred from Multiwear, which produces t-shirts for HanesBrands, and One World Apparel, which produces work clothes for Walmart and other companies. Haitian workers must not stand alone! Since the clothes they produce are overwhelmingly for giant American retailers, workers in the U.S. have a special responsibility to stand with our Haitian sisters and brothers.
Solidarity with Haitian Workers
No to Starvation Wages!
Reinstate Fired Union Leaders!
Saturday, December 21, 1 – 3 p.m.
1:00 p.m. Rally outside HanesBrands, 16 E. 34th St., Manhattan
1:30 p.m. March to Macy’s, Herald Square, 34th St. & Broadway
Haitian Workers Solidarity Initiative
For more information, call (212) 460-0983