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Haiti gives garment workers pay raise short of union demands

Friday, August 11, 2017

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti has announced a slight minimum wage increase for garment workers that falls well short of their demands, prompting union calls for a strike.

President Jovenel Moise said late Thursday that the minimum pay will rise from the current level of 300 gourdes (US$4.75) per day to 350 gourdes (US$5).

The union is demanding 800 gourdes (nearly US$13) for an eight-hour day, saying workers are unable to live on what they earn now.

Union members said they will launch a week-long strike Monday.

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