The strike wave among low-paid Haitian garment workers is continuing in the face of harsh repression. The latest report from Port Au Prince is that:
“Garment workers in Haiti took the streets again today in Operasyon Bra Kwaze (Operation Arms Crossed)! They’ve been striking and marching for 11 days. Despite increased repression, they stand firm in their demand for a minimum wage of 800 Gourdes per day ($12.60 US).”
Today, there’s a call to pressure clothing company Gildan Activewear, if you can take a few moments to leave a message supporting the striking workers on one of their pages:
Facebook.com/GenuineGildan (stewardship/social responsibility)
Gildan Corporate Citizenship
Senior Vice President, Public and Corporate Affairs
Vice President, Corporate Citizenship –
Central America and Caribbean Basin
Director, Corporate Communications
Telephone: 514-735-2023 or
Toll free: 1-866-755-2023
A quick script you can copy and paste for email purposes is:
“Hello, I’m contacting you to voice the demands of striking Haitian garment workers who produce for Gildan.
- Workers need a minimum wage adjustment to 800 Gourdes per day ($12.60 US).
- Right now, the workers who make your products are being attacked by tear gas and rubber bullets. Many have been physically beaten by the police for exercising their legal rights to organize.
- I insist that Gildan make sure that Haitian workers are paid 800 Gourdes per day. They cannot survive on the wage they currently receive. They live in debt, hunger and many become homeless.
- Often the legal minimum wage of 350 Gourdes ($5.50 US) is not even paid. Reports by Workers Rights Consortium show that wage theft is a consistent issue for workers in Haiti.
- According to Gildan’s website, “The majority of Gildan’s permanent production workers earn significantly more than the legally-mandated minimum industry wages in all the countries in which we operate.” This is obviously untrue.
- Gildan made 2.57 billion dollars in sales in 2015. The company can afford to pay a living wage to the people who produce your products. They are the reason you make billions of dollars.
- I’m asking you to make sure Haitian factories that produce Gildan ware pay workers 800 Gourdes, and that manufacturers respect workers’ rights to organize!
- Tell your manufacturers in Haiti to stop attacking workers, legally fighting for their basic rights.”