Labor Group Says Haiti's Factories are Unsafe

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) - A report from a labor group is accusing Haitian garment factories of not being safe enough for their workers.

The study from Better Work says many Haitian garment workers don't have sufficient access to toilets, safe drinking water, emergency exits or medical care.

Better Work is a Geneva-headquartered labor compliance group supported by the International Labor Organization and the World Bank's International Finance Corporation.

A Haitian official says he welcomes the survey of 23 garment factories because it helps Haiti raise its standards and become more competitive on the international market.

The Better Work report was released Wednesday. It comes as an advocacy group said that some Haitian factories failed to pay workers the minimum wage, which is 200 gourdes, or $4.54, per work day.

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