Haiti

May Day Call to Action!

  May 1st is International Workers Day! This day began to commemorate Chicago workers’ fight for the eight hour work day and the right to organize. In Haiti, garment workers are fighting for these essential rights. Batay Ouvriye, an independent workers’ movement in Haiti, and their affiliated textile unions – SOTA, SOKOWA & SOVAGH –

New Union Chapter Fights for Their Rights

May 1st, International Workers Day, is approaching. In Haiti, garment workers are doing battle for their basic rights to a union and to represent themselves. April 2 – a conflict broke at at Quality Sewing factory. Workers stopped work in protest over the firing of union members and leaders. Management called on CIMO, the equivalent

Update: State officials try to pacify H&H workers... Not happening.

Yesterday we reported about the ongoing strike at H&H Textiles in Carrefour, Haiti, led by the union SOTA-BO. (Click here to read that past update for more info.) Workers are rightfully fed up. They struggle to exist on misery wages, and are constantly harassed, intimidated and physically attacked for asserting their right to organize. Their

SOTA/H&H Textile Workers Strike. Which Side Are You On?

In January, SOTA-BO textile workers union at H&H Textiles in Carrefour, Haiti were ready to strike to force management to re-hire five women workers & union members who were unjustly fired. To avoid a work stoppage, H&H rehired three of the five workers. At the H&H factory, workers and union members constantly face arbitrary firings,

No roads, electricity? No taxes! Higher wages!

It’s true, as citizens, we must pay taxes or tariffs. However, we must see where it’s going. In Haiti, DGI is collecting taxes and tariffs but as citizens we never get services. We have to do whatever we can to live without the services the state owes us.  There are no roads, no electricity, no

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

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.

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