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"If we are serious about assisting this devastated land we must stop trying to control and exploit it." ~Peter Hallward/The Guardian
Workers stitch Hanes tee-shirts at a factory in the CODEVI free trade zone in Ouanaminthe, Haiti. (Photo: Jude Stanley Roy/IPS)
(AURN) -- As President Obama and Congressional Democrats continue to push for a minimum wage increase from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour, Haiti has taken a small step to improve the lives of some of its low wage workers.
Some 29,000 workers who sew together T-shirts and other clothing in the country's apparel factories will see a 25% increase in their pay, to $5.68 per 8-hour day.
The increase falls way short of the $11.36 per workday that protesting garment workers have demanded.
Textile jobs, such as making Old Navy shirts in Port-au-Prince. (Richard Mosse/TIME/Google Images)
Haiti's Parliament last approved a raise in the minimum wage in 2009. That increased the daily rate from about $1.50 to around $4.50 over a three-year period.
Last year's inflation rate in Haiti was 3.2 percent.
"If we are serious about assisting this devastated land we must stop trying to control and exploit it."
And, an recent article from the AFL-CIO titled The Fight for Fair Wages in Haiti Continues cites more troubling stats for workers in the region.
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