Rapid Response Network

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 –

H&H Workers Back to Work on Their Terms

After more than two weeks of striking, workers and union members of SOTA at H&H Textiles factory returned to work this morning. Tuesday 4/18/17, SOTA union members met with management to negotiate the workers’ demands. The workers went on strike because of incessant harassment, intimidation and arbitrary firings for union members. As part of this

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

Strike Fund for May Day!

If you’ve been following RRN updates, you know there is a lot happening in Haiti at the moment: In Ouanaminthe, SOKOWA textile union in the Codevi Free Trade Zone is fighting a 13% wage tax. (Click here for more info). In Carrefour, SOTA textile union at H&H Textiles is striking also. They are fed up

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

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

The Rapid Response Network (RRN) offers prompt solidarity to workers’ struggles against exploitation and repression.  We alert groups and individuals when workers call for support. The fights for decent wages and working conditions, plus the right to organize, are constantly met with severe punishment. We must not passively accept the presence of products on store