Rapid Response Network

SOTA-BO: Regroup & Onward!

The RRN extends MASSIVE thanks to all who have supported Haitian garment workers in their fight for 800 Gourdes minimum wage. Thanks in part to the pressure applied through international solidarity, workers were able to mobilize for three months, making significant gains in the level of their struggle. Workers turned out in record numbers, unified

Pressure Works! Fairway Workers Rehired.

Last week, the RRN reported that National Police shot at workers with real bullets to break up a small protest at Fairway Apparel textile factory in Port Au Prince, Haiti. Three workers were severely injured. Many were hurt, including a pregnant woman. A representative of Batay Ouvriye was beaten. Workers were protesting an increased production quota, imposed

Workers Shot. Union Busting. Action NOW.

Saturday, 07.15.17 – Port Au Prince, Haiti –  National Police shot at workers with real bullets to break up a small protest at Fairway Apparel textile factory. Three workers were severely injured. Many were hurt, including a pregnant woman. A representative of Batay Ouvriye was beaten. Workers were protesting an increased production quota, imposed by

Action NOW. Haitian Senate Sides w/Workers. 800 Gourdes!

Workers this is not the way the country should be! Students, this is not the way the country should be! Poor people, this is not the way the country should be! Street vendors, this is not the way the country should be! These are the chants that rang out when students, street vendors and the

UPDATE: Workers Face National Police in Full Force

Port au Prince, Haiti – Monday, 07.10.17 – This morning, garment workers were met by national police in full force, both inside and outside, the Sonapi Industrial Park. Workers scheduled to gather at Sonapi before taking the streets again today, to march for a minimum wage adjustment of 800 Gourdes (US$12.80). Last week, in a

No Union Busting! Call for Action from Haiti.

* Updated Thursday, 06.29.17 Haitian garment workers have been striking and demonstrating for a minimum wage adjustment from 300 Gourdes (just under US $5) to 800 Gourdes/day (about US $12) since May. Despite the fact that workers are exercising their legal right to organize, factory owners are union busting in an effort to isolate and

Updates + Gildan, We Won't Back Down.

THANK YOU SO MUCH for the incredible show of solidarity for Haitian garment workers and their fight for 800 Gourdes minimum wage! SOTA, SOKOWA and SOVGH (textile unions affiliated with Batay Ouvriye) say that our international pressure is working! This is why police began taking and destroying workers’ phones. They are used to operating with impunity, but they

TELL GILDAN: PAY WORKERS 800 GOURDES!

Port Au Prince, Haiti – 05/29/17 – 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).   As #Garmentworkers #Haiti face police repression

UPDATES. Repression Mounting. Join Operation Arms Crossed.

Garment workers across Haiti have been striking and demonstrating to demand: A minimum wage adjustment from 350 Gourdes ($5.50 US) to 800 Gourdes ($12.60)per day, on top of meal, transportation and housing subsidies Social Services They demand that production quotas do not increase with the increased minimum wage They are under attack, but are not

STRIKE ON. KEEP THE PRESSURE! FOCUS ON CARACOL.

Thursday –  5/25/17 – Haitian garment workers continue a country-wide strike and mobilization to demand an increased minimum wage. TODAY, at the request of striking workers, the RRN asks you to continue the pressure on factory owners in the south – Port Au Prince & Carrefour – AND to focus your solidarity efforts on a region