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Haiti: one dead, five injured in protests

24 February, 2022A journalist was killed and five workers were injured in Port-au-Prince on Wednesday when police opened fire on peaceful demonstrators opposing the amount of the wage increase announced by the government following weeks of protest.

On Monday the government announced increases for different economic activity.  In the garment sector, the 37% increase lifts wages from 500 to 685 gourdes (USD 6.50 a day). The amount is unacceptable to the coalition of unions that is pressing for better wages, including IndustriALL affiliate GOSTTRA. The unions say that even the 1,500 gourdes they have been demanding since January barely covers workers’ basic needs.
The cost of living is increasing every day in this small island economy where gangs often wield more power than the government.
Haitian garment workers produce clothing for major brands including Gildan, Underarmour, Hanesbrands, PVH, VFC, Target,  Kathmandu, Fanatics and New Era.
IndustriALL Global Union has expressed solidarity with Haitian garment workers. It has condemned the actions of the government, warning that it is putting at risk its garment export industry which is one of the main providers of jobs in the country.
Protests are set to continue this week.