Haiti Raises Minimum Wage For Apparel Workers

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) - Haiti has raised the minimum wage for the 29,000 workers who sew together T-shirts and other clothing in the country's apparel factories.

President Michel Martelly, his prime minister and a Cabinet member who oversees labor conditions signed the 25 percent increase into law. It took effect Thursday and The Associated Press obtained a copy of the decree Monday.

The law says the workers will now earn about $5.68 per eight-hour workday. It falls far short of the equivalent of $11.36 per workday that protesting garment workers have demanded.

Last year's inflation rate in Haiti was 3.2 percent.

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.


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