Call to Action of US Brands - Haiti Garment Workers

Garment employees are seen working in the sewing section of a clothing plant in Haiti / credit: Marcel Crozet / International Labor Organization

Image credit: Garment employees are seen working in the sewing section of a clothing plant in Haiti / credit: Marcel Crozet / International Labor Organization

Members of the National Black Caucus Green Party US and endorsed candidates are calling to action the following identified United States based brand named merchandise retailers, to put pressure on those who can make change in increasing the wages for the protesting Haitian workers at the National Society of Industrial Parks (SONAPI):  

  • Gap; 
  • Hanes Brand; 
  • Fruit of the Loom; -American Eagle; 
  • Levi Strauss; -Old Navy; 
  • Banana Republic; -Athleta; 
  • JCPenney; -Van Heusen (Desertcart Haiti).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Issue: 

The current average salary of a garment worker in Haiti is 685 gourdes (approximately $6.50 US  dollars) for a twelve hour work day; enough to barely feed one person. The workers at SONAPI are  demanding at least $15.oo per day to support their families.  

Issue Root Cause: 

After the 2010 devastating earthquake, business entities outside of Haitian leadership decided to  locate a new garment center, away from the earthquake's epicenter, in the island's north-east district.  In this effort, Haitian farmers were disposed of valuable fertile land. More than twelve years later,  hundreds of farmers and their families have not been paid for the seizure of their land. In essence,  the garment center replaced their livelihoods. 

See video made by ActionAid USA, “Building Back Better? The Caracol Industrial Park and post earthquake aid to Haiti” 

Who Can Make Change: 

  • Acting President Ariel Henry;  
  • Clinton Foundation;  
  • U.S. Agency for International Development;  
  • Inter-American Development Bank;  
  • Sae-A Trading Co. (South Korea). 

Evidence of the Issue: 

On February 10, 2022, the mostly female workers of the National Society of Industrial Parks  (SONAPI) who were peacefully demanding better wages and working conditions, were met with deadly brutal forces from the National Police of Haiti. They were only demanding 1,500 Haitian  Gourdes which is $14.53 US dollars for a full day of work. At the time of the protest, the salary was  550 Haitian gourdes, which is $5.33 US dollars, for twelve hours a day. That is about .60 cents an  hour. 

The workers were demanding less than $2.00 dollars an hour increase; and they were met with live  ammunition from the (PNH) Haitian National Police under the command of Frantz Elbé to protect  the US brand named merchandisers. Many women were brutally attacked by PHN for daring to ask  for better working conditions and a livable wage.  

Why Should US Citizens Care? 

Citizens of the United States play a vital role in supporting Haiti as 80% of all Haitian exports are to  the USA. U.S. stores like Walmart, Target and brands like Hanes are selling to the American  consumers merchandise made in Haiti while the workers are facing brutal opposition in protest for a  livable wage.  

It was reported on February 21, 2022 by a cable network news channel, that back in November of  2021, a group of U.S. Congress members asked the heads of 62 American companies that import garments from Haiti, for information on "protections in place for workers employed by their  companies and suppliers." 

How Can US Citizens Make Change? 

On March 11th, 2022, Haitian-Americans in the diaspora held a demonstration in front of a Target  store in Brooklyn, NY to bring forth the plight of the workers in SONAPI. We must all remain vigilant. 

The National Black Caucus of the Green Party joins the workers at National Society of Industrial  Parks (SONAPI) in solidarity; and condemn the recent acts of aggression against the workers.  

Join National Black Caucus members and endorsed candidates in demanding the full  respect of workers’ rights by demanding United States brand name retailers put  pressure on those who can make change to increase pay for SONAPI workers until a livable wage is negotiated by the garment workers.  

We must rally all our resources and allies. Let not the workers of the world remember the silence of  their friends.  

Media Contact: 

Philena Farley 

National Black Caucus Media Chair 

[email protected] 

For immediate release by the International Committee National Black Caucus Green Party US; co-chairs David Josue and Dea Ptah.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Philena Farley
    Ohio Green Party endorsed via 2022-05-18 11:42:10 -0400
    We support workers across the world for better wages. When workers come together, we win!
  • Zen Foy
    Texas Black Caucus of Green Party Members endorsed 2022-05-17 15:25:23 -0400
    In many cases, our Afro American brothers and sisters come to the Texas borders because entities within the United States have made their home unlivable. See our statements at https://txgpblackcaucus.wordpress.com
  • Darryl! Moch
    DC Statehood Green Party endorsed 2022-04-21 15:00:29 -0400
  • GPUS Black Caucus
    published this page in Issues 2022-04-19 16:57:30 -0400
  • Dea Ptah
    Dallas County Green Party endorsed 2022-04-12 14:48:54 -0400
  • Sandra Downing
    endorsed 2022-04-10 17:37:22 -0400
  • Jon Olsen
    endorsed 2022-04-09 13:30:47 -0400
    “Justice thunders condemnation . . .”
  • Delilah Barrios
    endorsed 2022-04-08 09:02:28 -0400
  • Bernadine Williams
    endorsed 2022-04-08 04:47:18 -0400
  • Phoebe Thomas Sorgen
    endorsed 2022-04-08 02:57:28 -0400
    Our hearts go out to the people of Haiti. Thank you for taking this on.
  • Anthony Gronowicz
    endorsed 2022-04-07 20:41:02 -0400
  • Haryaksha Knauer
    endorsed 2022-04-07 19:06:25 -0400
  • Haryaksha Knauer
    endorsed 2022-04-07 19:06:24 -0400
  • Haryaksha Knauer
    endorsed 2022-04-07 19:06:22 -0400
  • Paul Krumm
    endorsed 2022-04-07 17:33:32 -0400
  • Nancy Saibara-Naritomi
    endorsed 2022-04-07 17:19:28 -0400
    All forms of slavery should be abolished with REFORM !
  • K L
    endorsed 2022-04-07 14:36:35 -0400
    Imperialism is the biggest contradiction in the world. It is the driving force of why we see what we see across the world to all oppressed peoples particularly those in the disapora. Solidarity with Haiti and the ongoing fight for true liberation!
  • Jennifer Sullivan
    endorsed 2022-04-07 14:21:26 -0400
    As a Green Party candidate for Lt. Governor for the state of Florida , I feel connected with the country of Haiti as it is closer to where I live than most of the other states in the USA. I will encourage a boycott and the awareness of the plight of the Haitian garment workers.
  • Jennifer Sullivan
    Hernando County Green Party endorsed 2022-04-07 14:10:51 -0400
  • trey legall
    endorsed 2022-04-07 13:02:37 -0400
    End capitalist exploitation of workers around the world!
  • Robin Lea Laurain
    Middle of the Mitten Greens endorsed 2022-04-07 11:58:13 -0400
  • Darnella Wade
    Black Truce Peace Org. endorsed 2022-04-07 11:11:53 -0400
  • Deadra Marsh-Foy
    User*Friendly Systems Consulting & Management endorsed 2022-04-07 10:48:46 -0400
  • Alma Williams
    Sunnyside Women's Group endorsed 2022-04-07 09:05:21 -0400
    Haitian workers need a living wage.
  • Zen Foy
    endorsed 2022-04-07 03:14:39 -0400
  • GPUS Black Caucus
    published this page in Issues 2022-04-06 20:15:55 -0400