Haiti

Haiti’s Mining Industry: Worker Rights in Peril

If the current political impasse in Haiti is resolved, lawmakers are likely to consider how to develop the country’s untapped gold and copper veins—and the process will determine the extent to which workers achieve their share of economic prosperity. “Given the dearth of decent employment opportunities and pervasive extreme poverty, workers are highly susceptible to… [READ MORE]

Haiti Earthquake Anniversary: Garment Workers Still Struggle to Survive

Six years after a major earthquake devastated the Haitian capital and its environs and the international community promised to “build back better,” Haitian workers say their daily lives are a struggle for survival, with their meager wages insufficient to cover basic expenses. In recent interviews, Haitian garment workers told the Solidarity Center that they are… [READ MORE]

Workers of Haitian Descent: A Legacy of Discrimination

Tens of thousands of Dominicans of Haitian descent and Haitian migrant workers face imminent deportation from the Dominican Republic in a “crisis that has been building for many years,” says Cathy Feingold, AFL-CIO International Department director. “There is a long legacy of discrimination against workers and families of Haitian descent,” according to Feingold, who moderated… [READ MORE]

Dominicans of Haitian Descent About to Be Deported

Hundreds of thousands of workers in the Dominican Republic without official identification papers have until today to register with the government or face deportation. The move—condemned widely as a violation of human rights—could leave as many as 120,000 Dominican-born and -raised women and men stateless, their future and their ability to earn a living jeopardized…. [READ MORE]

Domestic Workers: ‘Bought and Paid for in the Gulf States’

On a trip to Kuwait two years ago, Nisha Varia from Human Rights Watch visited a hospital where two rooms were filled with injured domestic workers who had tried to escape from their employers’ homes. Trapped in abusive situations, the women jumped from windows or were beaten by employers as they sought to leave. The… [READ MORE]

Haitian Workers Not Sharing in Nation’s Economic Growth

Up to 70 percent of the Haitian workforce lacks formal jobs—but the notion that “any job is better than no job” is not a goal that should be embraced, says Lauren Stewart, Solidarity Center program officer for Haiti and the Dominican Republic. “I visited a factory park in Port-au-Prince, and one of the workers showed… [READ MORE]

Haitian Workers Say They Were Shot for Asking to Be Paid

Five Haitian construction workers in the Dominican Republic were shot allegedly for asking for unpaid wages, according to press reports. In addition, an eyewitness told Solidarity Center staff in Santo Domingo, the capital, that on February 2,​ a sergeant of the National Army fir​e​d​ ​upon and wounded ​the five workers​, who were not taken to… [READ MORE]

Dominican Republic Market Vendors Stand up for Rights

Amparo Lara sells plantains in San Cristobal’s Municipal Market, vying for customers along with dozens of other vendors selling mangoes, guavas and a range of vegetables and herbs along with services, such as shoe repair. The increasing lack of full-time jobs around the world has forced many working people like Lara to seek a living in… [READ MORE]

Five Years after Haiti Earthquake, Workers Still Struggle with Low Wages

Five years after the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti, workers are still struggling to pay for transportation, food and housing, as the cost of living rises exponentially while wages fail to keep pace. In recent discussions with export apparel workers in Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital, the Solidarity Center found that workers may pay nearly half their daily… [READ MORE]

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