Given the lack of adequate formal jobs and economic opportunity in Haiti, Haitian workers are extremely vulnerable to exploitation and labor rights violations, including repression of freedom of association, underpayment of wages, and sexual harassment. The HAWG calls for safe and dignified employment for Haitians that will allow workers to support themselves and their families while permitting them to organize and participate in workplace decision-making.
From HAWG member, Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti:
An online petition has been launched, calling for justice for Davidtchen Siméon, a 23-year-old youth organizer with the popular progressive organization MOLEGHAF ((Mouvement de Liberté, Égalité des Haïtiens pour la Fraternité), who was killed on August 13, allegedly by an off-duty police officer. Read More
Better Work-Haiti recently released its 11th Biannual Synthesis Report Under the HOPE II Legislation to assess factory compliance with core labor standards and national labor law. For those interested, the report can be accessed at: http://betterwork.org/global/?p=7519.
Between September 2014 and August 2015, Better Work assessed 25 factories in Haiti’s garment sector. Read More