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6211: Re:6207: Re: 6198: Conditions in Haiti leave a bitter taste for workers (fwd)
From: Bryan Wharram <email@example.com>
The wages quoted from the Morning Star article are from two different companies:
<Workers labour flat-out but earn less than the minimum
>wage of 36 gourdes (around ?1) dictated by Haitian labour laws.
<and later on they have had a raise not from those "less than 36 Gourdes"
but from 52 Gourdes ????
<<Workers received a 55 per cent pay rise, from 52 to 95 guordes per day> >>
The 36 gourdes wages are paid by Remy-Cointreau:
<At the plantation that supplies Remy-Cointreau workers labour for long hours
picking, peeling and grating bitter oranges for shipment to the company's
distillery in France. Workers labour flat-out but earn less than the minimum
wage of 36 gourdes (around £1) dictated by Haitian labour laws.>
The higher wages (95 guordes per day) are paid to Grand Marnier workers following a long struggle. Conditions and pay for workers at Grand Marnier before the union's succes were probably similar to those currently at Remy- Cointreau :
<Following Batay Ouvriye's creation of a union at a plantation that supplies
the Grand Marnier company, workers' finally won their struggle for improved
wages and conditions in July. A 55 per cent pay rise and other concessions
were secured for the workers following years of earning less than the
I hope this helps.