Prison Aid to Haiti for Captive Slave Labor
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By Dady Chery Haiti Chery Haiti’s incarceration rate of roughly 100 prisoners per 100,000 citizens in 2016 was the lowest in the Caribbean. Nevertheless, there is a systematic campaign underway for more prisons. Canada and Norway have each given one … Continue reading

Haiti’s Assembly Workers Promised 87 Cents Per Hour
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By Dady Chery, Haiti Chery. Haiti’s sweatshop factory owners enjoy unprecedented duty free and quota-free access to the U.S. market, and only prison wages come close to the scandalously low 30 to 50 cents/hour earned by Haiti’s workers.

Venezuela’s Minimum Wage to Rise 32.25% in 2012

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By Ewan Robertson, Venezuelanalysis. Venezuela’s national minimum wage will increase by 32.25% in 2012, announced Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Saturday April 7th. On May 1st the minimum monthly salary will increase by 15%, from 1,548 bolivars (US $360) to 1,780 bolivars (US $414). Then on Sep 1st the wage will increase by another 15% to 2,048 bolivars (US $476).

Earning 30 Per? No Problem… You Too Can Own a Maserati

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By Barry Moody, Reuters. Italian tax inspectors swept a posh ski resort, catching 42 luxury car drivers with declared incomes of less than 30,000 euros ($38,700) per year, 16 with declared incomes less than 50,000 euros per year, and 37 luxury-car owning companies with reported annual revenues below 50,000 euros. Video demo of maserati speeding in snow.

Hunger in the U.S.

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By Staff, Minority News | Black Radio Network. A USDA report shows that “food insecurity” (hunger) is high for households near or below the poverty line ($22,350 for a family of four) — typically households with children headed by a single woman or man, and black and Hispanic households.

Eight U.S. States Raise Minimum Wage

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By Dick Meister, Truthout | Brock Haussamen blog | US Dept of Labor. When the minimum wage is adjusted for inflation, one can see that its real value has dropped since 1978. So these increases in the minimum wage are overdue. Unlike the rich, minimum-wage workers spend virtually all that they earn on necessities. So when the minimum wage is increased, this raises the demand for goods and services and leads to job creation.

Sweatshops: Stepping Stone or Dead End?Tremplin ou cul-de-sac?

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By Staff, Haiti Grassroots Watch. Part 5 of 7. Are low-wage, low-skilled assembly industries in Haiti really a “stepping stone” to more complex industrial development? In the Mexican maquiladora boom areas, the water table is dropping by 1 to 1.5 meters every year due to intensive use of water; the blue dye run-off from jeans pollutes rivers and irrigation ditches; 67% of homes have dirt floors, and 52% of streets are unpaved. (English | French)

What’s Planned for Haiti?Quel est le plan pour Haïti?

By Staff, Haiti Grassroots Watch. Part 4 of 7. ”You get some factories and some salaries, and everything else is imported…. People need to know what FTZs are, what has happened in Mexico, or Honduras, so they don’t think these things will ‘save’ us.” – Camille Chalmers, Economist. (English | French)

Why is Haiti ‘Attractive’?Pourquoi Haïti est si ‘attrayante’?

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By Staff, Haiti Grassroots Watch. Part 3 of 7. Haiti is the only country that guarantees the U.S. market duty-free and quota-free access. With every free-trade zone that gets built on prime agricultural land, more farmers are put out of work. Thus Haitians import more food as real wages drop to rock bottom in the sweatshops, where there are now plans to legalize 3 x 8 hours work shifts. In Haiti, we sometimes talk figuratively about being eaten up. This comes pretty close to the real thing. DC (English | French)

Anti-Union, Pro-‘Race to the Bottom’Anti-syndicalisme, pro-‘course vers le bas’

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By Staff, Haiti Grassroots Watch. Part 2 of 7. “It’s a big error to bet on the slave-wage labor, on breaking the backs of workers who are paid nothing while [foreign] companies get rich. It’s not only an error, it’s a crime…. [Assembly factories] work with imported materials, they’re enclaves. They don’t have much effect on the economy.” – Haitian economist Camille Chalmers. (English | French)

Egyptians Launch New Battle for Minimum WageNueva batalla por salarios dignos

By Cam McGrath, IPS. Egypt recently approved its first ever minimum wage for the private sector, bringing it in line with the minimum wage for public sector employees set at 700 Egyptian pounds (US $117) per month. “In Cairo, you’d be lucky to find a small apartment for that price. But then you have to eat, and that’s expensive too.” – A gas meter inspector. (English | Spanish)

Salaries in the “New” HaitiLes salaires dans la « nouvelle » Haïti

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By Staff, Haiti Grassroots Watch. Part 1 of 7. In Haiti, the minimum wage went from US $3.00 per day in 1982, to 200 gourdes today, which is about US $1.61 PER DAY in 1982 dollars. This represents a 46% drop in real salary compared to 1982 wages. (English | French)

China Minimum Wage Up By 21.7% Despite Economic Cooling

By Staff, BBC News. In China, Beijing offers the best hourly rate of 13 yuan (US $2 per hour), and the city of Shenzhen guarantees the highest minimum wage of 1,320 yuan (US $207) per month. As surplus capacity from the U.S.-Europe recession causes China to turn to its domestic market, the cost of Chinese-made goods will increase abroad. Nevertheless China will remain competitive on the world market.

Non-White, the Majority Population in the ‘Racial Democracy’ of Brazil

By Staff, MercoPress. The most recent Brazilian census finds that 52.3% of the population is non-white; haf of the population earns less than the minimum wage and, on average, Brazilians who are white and Asian earn twice as much as those who are black or mixed-race.