Category Archives: Calls to Action

Statement of Support for Farmworkers of Washington State and San Quintin, MX and the Boycott of Driscoll’s Berries

Read all solidarity statements for Sakuma farm workers here:
https://boycottsakumaberries.com/campaign-updates/solidarity/

Victory to farm workers!

We stand in solidarity with farm workers in Washington State and San Quintin, Mexico who have organized an international boycott of retail products containing berries from Sakuma Bros. Farms, including all berries sold under the Driscolls brand and Haagen Dazs (Nestle) ice cream. These workers have been subject to wage theft, abusive conditions, and impossible production demands.

When workers autonomously organize to fight against exploitation and abuse, we must stand with them in support and solidarity. Workers across industries and borders have a common struggle, and only together can we win!

We pledge to honor the boycott, and urge others to do so, until the farm owners submit to the workers’ demands.

Workers Struggle
Sudbury, Ontario chapter
Fort Lauderdale, FL chapter
Miami, FL chapter

Fired textile workers call for support!!

500gourdesWe received the following from the Rapid Response Network:

Textile workers in Haiti ask that we pressure H&H sweatshop (where clothing for retailers like Walmart is produced) to rehire the workers who were fired, respect the right to organize, and to pay the wages workers demand. Working class solidarity knows no borders! Workers of the world: unite! Please share widely.

Details here: http://goo.gl/PW0h8l

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We’re In This Together!!

We in Workers Struggle and working people in the US and Canada support textile workers in Haiti, members of the Textile Factory Union Platform-Batay Ouvriye (PLASIT-BO), who are fighting for the minimum wage and the right to organize.

We are watching how companies and political agencies and NGOs are putting obstacles in front of workers who are struggling for a better life. Similar outrages are perpetrated upon us – often at the hands of these same multinational companies and institutions, and their allies!

Workers around the world suffer while a small minority gets rich by exploiting us. We need to reach our hands across the borders they created, and start coordinating our struggles. If we stand together, these companies won’t be able to keep pushing us into their “race to the bottom,” forcing us to compete for the lowest pay. Instead, we need to force them to pay at least a living wage to all workers, everywhere!

We demand:

* Premium factory: No retaliation against union organizers! Rehire Telemarque Pierre!
* Gildan and other global brands: Make sure the factories you contract with—everywhere—pay workers what they are due, and treat workers with dignity!
* Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor of Haiti: Concede to workers’ demands for a minimum wage of 500 gourdes!

Workers of Haiti, we stand in solidarity with you in our common fight. As we support your struggle, our best contribution is to build a strong, autonomous, militant working class movement of our own, in the belly of the beast. That is our goal!

Signed,

WorkersStruggle-Fort Lauderdale
WorkersStruggle-Miami
WorkersStruggle-Sudbury, Ontario

Call for Solidarity: Demand Reinstatement of Union Organizer in Haiti

We received the following call for international solidarity from Textile Factory Union Platform-Batay Ouvriye (PLASIT-BO). Please take action, and send solidarity statements to the workers (info below). Kreyol original is behind the cut.

Textile workers mobilize for the minimum wage May 11, 2016 in Port-au-Prince.

Textile workers mobilize for the minimum wage May 11, 2016 in Port-au-Prince.

Following the day of mobilization on May 11, 2016 that the Textile Factory Union Platform-Batay Ouvriye (PLASIT-BO) launched to demand that the government set the minimum wage at 500 Gourdes ($7.94 for an eight-hour workday) and publish an Executive Order to make it official immediately, Clifford Apaid, owner of the plant, Premium Apparel, made the decision to fire our comrade, Telemarque Pierre, General Coordinator of Apparel and Textile Workers Union (SOTA-BO) and spokesperson for PLASIT, on Saturday May 14, 2016.

The firing is an act of repression, which is not a surprise to us after we learned of the declarations of capitalist organizations such as ADIH (Haitian Industrialists Association), Better Work and USDOL (United States Department of Labor). They are united to denounce and condemn acts of violence they claim to have been committed against property and people during the day of mobilization. After these declarations of war, we knew the bosses were going to retaliate against us, workers, who are fighting to change our lives.

We denounce the repression against our comrade. We say, “an injury to one is injury to all of us.” We’re calling on our friends and comrades, brothers and sisters in national and international organizations to demand the reinstatement of Telemarque Pierre in his post immediately.

To do so, contact the companies and agencies below :

Premium Apparel (factory): premium@agacorp.com

Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor (MAST), Haiti : maffairesocial@yahoo.fr

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In addition, you can contact the following:

AGA Corporation (Premium is its subsidiary):
7209 NW 41 St., Miami, FL 33166-6711
305-592-1860

Gildan (the international clothing brand that contracts with Premium):
Jason M. Greene, Director of Supply Chain: 843-606-3750
Corporate office (Montreal): 514-735-2023; toll free 866-755-2023; info@gildan.com
Customer Service (Charleston, SC): 843-606-3600
Twitter: @GildanOnline; facebook.com/GildanOnline/

Use #RehirePierre #SolidarityForever #500Gourdes

Send statements of solidarity directly to the textile workers, and let them know of your activities: batay@batayouvriye.org

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For May Day 2016, Workers and Laborers Say: WE WILL NOT OBEY!

[A statement from PLASIT-BO, Textile Plant Union Platform-Batay Ouvriye (Workers Fight), in Haiti. Kreyol original is below.]

WE FIGHT FOR :

  • A living wage to meet the needs of our children, our families and ourselves. We demand 500 gourdes ($7.94) a day at the very least without increasing the quotas, and other social benefits ;
  • Good working conditions and respect for our union rights to defend our interests ;
  • A new Labor Code that protects all categories of workers against exploitation and humiliation ;
  • A social security system that protects us against line-of-duty accidents, illnesses, maternity and old age based on a real social protection net in the country ;
  • Comprehensive agrarian reform and technical support for peasants and other laborers in the rural areas ;
  • The country to regain its sovereignty to choose its own economic model to create wealth and work in our territory.

TEXTILE PLANT UNION PLATFORM (PLASIT-BO) INVITES ALL WORKERS AND LABORERS IN ALL SECTORS, POOR PEASANTS, THE UNEMPLOYED, STUDENTS, SERIOUS MILITANTS TO A DEMONSTRATION ON SUNDAY MAY 1ST, 2016 TO COMMEMORATE INTERNATIONAL WORKERS DAY.

WE ARE RALLYING AT 9 :00 A.M. IN FRONT OF THE INDUSTRIAL PARK (SONAPI) TO START THE MARCH ALONG THE AIRPORT ROAD, AROUND DELMA 18, PEYAN ROAD, BEL-AIR, AND TO REACH CHAMPS-DE-MARS.

THIS MAYDAY, WE ARE TAKING THE STREETS TO DEMAND OUR RIGHTS THAT ARE VIOLATED. WE STOP OBEYING THE EXPLOITING RULING CLASSES AND DISHONEST POLITICIANS ! LONG LIVE THE WORKERS AND LABORERS EVERYWHERE ! WE ARE THE ONES WHO CAN BREAK THE CHAINS BINDING OUR FEET !

PLASIT-BO

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Textile Workers Mobilize in Haiti for Minimum Wage Adjustment — Press Conference

Press Conference on April 14, 2016

Greetings to all our media friends, print as well as television, that come to provide coverage for the conference that PLASIT, which is Textile Plants Union Platform, to launch the mobilization for the minimum wage adjustment for the year 2015-2016. In PLASIT, we notice that 8 months following the beginning of the fiscal year, the Supreme Salary Council finally made recommendations to the government just as it did for the past 2 years. Thus, the Council has adopted a bad habit of not respecting what is stated in Article 4.1 in the Law of 2009 on the minimum wage.

 

In the Supreme Salary Council, it’s mainly delaying tactics and plots going on. Management and the two so-called union representatives in the Council are dragging their feet so that management may continue to steal several months of workers’ wages. So, management will have more leeway to continue to pay workers measly wages. The 8-month delay is in the interest of management while prices of all basic items are going up and the Social Affairs Ministry does not urge them to respect Article 137 of the Labor Code stipulating that when the inflation rates increases more than 10%, workers’ wages must be adjusted. Today, the inflation rate has reached more than 14.5%. Therefore, the plot against the interests of workers has been consolidated.

 

We learn that the Council, after 8 months of delaying tactics, proposed a minimum wage of reference of 300 gourdes ($4.76) and the minimum wage for production to be 400 gourdes ($6.35) a day for the textile sector. It’s clear the 300/400gourdes will not solve our problems, especially with the increase in the cost of living, and our purchasing power is plummeting and the value of the gourdes is decreasing in relation to the dollar. For us, at the very least, the minimum wage should be500 gourdes ($7.94) to 1,000 gourdes ($15.87). However, management and their stool-pigeons in the state who get their orders from foreign donors say this will make Haiti non-competitive with other countries. We are denouncing these plot-laden arguments on the backs of workers spilling their blood in the factories.

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Support strike in Haiti today & tomorrow — by ESPM-BO

MAY 1ST UNION FEDERATION – BATAY OUVRIYE (ESPM-BO)

Port-Au-Prince November 6, 2015

The government’s objective is to make matters worse every day for the workers and the popular masses in general while tending to the interests of big commerce, industrialists, financiers and all the other big thieves in the country. Today, the two (2) recent Executive Orders just published are a continuation of the same policies. They are increasing the cost of passport fees, tax identification numbers, and driving permits on the backs of the poor while paying high compensation to former ministers and secretaries of state for having plundered the population. In addition, the minimum salary adjustments of the laborers and workers didn’t happen in October while prices of basic goods kept going up. The workers’ purchasing power continues to decrease.

As we witness the government and Opont’s provisional electoral council making up all kinds of maneuvers and tricks to favor the same blood-sucking politicians to continue to pluck the masses at the state level, the May 1st Union Federation/Batay Ouvriye supports the two (2) days of strike the transportation unions have launched for November 9th & 10th .

We call on all workers, laborers in the private and public sectors, peasants, small peddlers, artisans, students, the unemployed, all mothers, fathers, and children of the poor to stay home to signal to the government, in a national show of togetherness, that we disagree with the damning and cynical decisions taken on our backs. This government has ripped us off enough. We cannot tolerate that any longer.

Let’s support the strike! Let’s mobilize to defend our interests!

On Behalf of ESPM-BO,

Urbain Garcon


ENTÈSENDIKAL PREMYE ME – BATAY OUVRIYE  (ESPM-BO)

Pòtoprens, jou ki 6 novanm 2015

Objektif gouvènman sa a, se rann travayè yo, mas pèp la anjeneral vin pi mal chak jou pandan y ap satisfè enterè gwo komèsan, endistriyèl, finansye ak tout lòt gran manjè parèy yo nan peyi a. Jodya, 2 dènye dekre yo fenk pibliye yo montre se menm politik la k ap kontinye. Y ap ogamante pri tenb paspò, matrikil fiscal, pèmi kondyi sou do malere pandan y ap bay ansyen minis ak sektetè deta yon prim poutèt yo fin byen prije popilasyon an. Mete sou sa, ajisteman salè minimòm travayè ak ouvriye yo pa fèt nan mwa oktòb la pandan pri tout pwodyi premye nesesite ap monte bwa. Pouvwa dacha ouvriye/yèz ak travayè/yèz ap kontinye bese.

Lè nou konsidere gouvènman an ak KEP Opont an ap fè tout kalite magouy pou se menm politisyen sousè sa yo ki pou kontinye prije mas popilè yo nan tèt leta a, nou menm nan ENTE SENDIKAL PREMYE ME / BATAY OUVRIYE, nou apiye 2 jounen grèv Sendika Transpò yo lanse pou le 9 ak 10 novanm k ap vini la a.

N ap mande pou tout ouvriye, travayè kit nan sektè prive oswa nan sektè piblik, peyizan, ti machann, atizan, etidyan chomè, tout manman ak papa pitit malerè ak malerèz pou yo rete lakay yo pou nou montre gouvènman sa a nan yon gwo tèt ansanm nasyonal ke nou pa dakò ak kalite desizyon move zafè y ap pran sou do nou. Gouvènman sa a prije nou ase. Nou p ap tolere sa ankò.

ANN NOU TOUT APIYE GRÈV LA. ANN MOBILIZE N POU DEFANN ENTERE NOU !

Pou ESPM.BO,

Urbain GARCON