NYC: Solidarity With Striking Garment Workers (Dec 21)

“The semester is over but the Struggle is not!

Apart from the de-humanization and removing of citizenship’s of Haitians in the Dominican Republic, the Haitian People face exploitation and oppression from their own bourgeoisie and US Imperialism

Last week hundreds of Haitian garment workers walked out of factories in the capital of Port-au-Prince and marched on parliament to demand a minimum wage of 500 gourdes ($11.50) a day. The workers, predominantly young women, were enraged over a decision by a government commission on wages which lowered the minimum from US$7.50 a day, which manufacturers refused to pay, to a miserable $5 a day. You can’t live on that, even in Haiti.

The workers struck for two days, December 10 and 11, and then were locked out by the companies for a third day. When they went back on Friday, a number of union leaders were barred from Multiwear, which produces t-shirts and other garments for Hanes Brands, and One World Apparel, which produces apparel including work clothes for Walmart and other companies.

Haitian workers must not stand alone! Since they produce garments overwhelmingly for giant American retailers, workers in the U.S. have a special responsibility to stand with our Haitian sisters and brothers.

Saturday, December 21, 1-3 p.m.

1:00 p.m. Rally outside Hanes Brands, 16 East 34th Street, Manhattan
1:30 p.m. March to Macy’s, Herald Square, 34th Street & Broadway

Haitian Workers Solidarity Initiative
For more information, call (212) 460-0983″

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