We recently put out a call, asking for folks to contact Haitian factory owner, Clifford Apaid who illegally fires and represses union members for exercising their legal rights throughout his multiple factories.
- In 2017 more than 400 workers were suspended from Premium Apparel for over 4 months.
- In 2017, 32 workers were fired from Inter-American Wovens (IW). Eleven of these workers were union delegates who were fired during a mobilization for the minimum wage.
- Throughout 2018 more than 150 workers were fired in the Silver Linings factory. Ten of these workers were executive committee members of SOTA-BO. They were fired for wearing their union t-shirts to work.
- In May 2018 there were several waves of firings in two Premium Apparel plants. In total, more than 58 union members and SOTA-BO leaders were fired on the pretext that the workers had an illegal strike
Good news! We received word that:
- Apaid has agreed to meet and negotiate around the workers’ demands.
- He also agreed to rehire everyone who was illegally fired in 2017.
- Negotiations will be had to discuss workers who were fired in 2018.
The workers have asked that we refrain from giving any pressure for the moment. We’ll see how negotiations go, and if Apaid keeps his word.
We will keep you posted, because is definitely not the end. The struggle continues.
But, for the moment, some good news!
Thank you so much for your support and solidarity <3
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