Haiti

Protests Continue. No Social Services? No Taxes!

In Haiti, there are virtually no state-provided services. Roads are a mess and basic infrastructure is missing in most places throughout the country. On January 31, 2017, workers of the SOKOWA textile trade union, working in the Codevi Trade Zone in Ounaminthe, went on strike and took the streets protesting a 10% tax on their

No Social Services. No Taxes! Haitian Workers Need Your Support.

Ounaminthe, Haiti – On January 31, 2017, workers of the SOKOWA textile trade union, working in the Codevi Trade Zone, went on strike and took the streets protesting a 10% tax on their wages. Thousands of other workers and other people joined them to march. While a wage tax sounds like a normal practice, this

H&H Worker Talks About Firings & Strike

Last week, SOTA-BO and Haitian garment workers has a small victory in their fight for the right to organize. Five women – known union members and leaders – were arbitrarily fired.* (Click here to read more about this.) Workers are fed up. Every day is a fight to exist. Most work 12-16 hour days. They

SOTA Strike Announced. Workers Re-hired!

Port Au Prince, Haiti – Wednesday 1/25/17 – Garment workers and SOTA-BO union members at H&H Textiles factory warned the company they planned to go on strike today, Thursday 1/26. H&H Textiles is in the Palmiers Free Zone, of the Carrefour subdivision in Port-au-Prince.

Yesterday we made a call to support Batay Ouvriye in the wake of hurricane Matthew. The RRN understands the need for immediate relief and aid, but we also recognize the limits of these efforts.  They are short term band-aids. We choose to support Batay Ouvriye because they are fighting to address the root causes of

In the wake of hurricane Matthew, please don’t give your money to The Red Cross, the Clinton Fund, or any other NGOs which exploit and profit from disasters in dominated countries. The RRN asks you to please support Batay Ouvriye – Workers’ Fight. Batay Ouvriye (BO) is an independent and autonomous workers’ movement fighting for

If you’ve participated in RRN campaigns, you know we’ve organized several of solidarity efforts in support textile workers who are members of SOTA-BO, aka Sendika Ouvriye Takstil ak Abiman. Most recently the RRN rallied solidarity for Telemarque Pierre & Felixone Clerger, who were fired from Premium Apparel for organizing a strike for a higher minimum

BIG thanks to everyone who’s participated in solidarity efforts to stand with Haitian union organizers who have been illegally fired! We have some updates on your recent efforts. H&H Textiles:  For the last two weeks, RRN supporters emailed and took selfies to stand with H&H Textiles workers.  Last Thursday, 8/4, management at H&H finally met with

H&H Textiles is feeling the pressure! Today at 1pm EST, SOTA-BO is meeting with H&H Textiles management to discuss the illegal firing of four SOTA union members. Ruth Joseph, Olga Miallard, Jean Louise Marie Ederse, & Lucitha Julessaint are all SOTA union members who were fired for organizing for their rights, for fighting against their

Port Au Prince, Haiti – Four garment workers and union organizers affiliated with Batay Ouvriye (Workers Fight) were unjustly fired from H&H Textiles factory in the Palmiers Free Zone, in the Carrefour subdivision of Port-au-Prince. H&H management is trying to intimidate and eliminate workers fighting for their rights to a decent wage and their right