Hundreds of thousands of Haitians are forced to cross the border to work in the Dominican Republic. Parked in plantations, they live without water, power, latrines, school and care.
This is one island, Hispaniola, but both countries, two different worlds, at sea Caribbean. Haiti and the Dominican Republic. poor country among the poorest in the world, Haiti pushes its inhabitants into exile, probably between 10 % and 15 % Population. Between 500 000 and a million Haitians live, illegal or not, Dominican Republic, who, beside, almost figure Eldorado. For one season or for life, they go to work in the Dominican fields, for 1 or 2 euros per day, more than they can hope to earn in their country devastated by years of economic and political crisis the ratio between the average income of a Haitian and that of a Dominican and 1 at 7.
"Because it is a poor country and the labor market is relatively unregulated there, labor costs in Haiti are competitive with those in China, the country with which you have to compare yourself worldwide "
Government ministers, International Bankers and Humanitarian Organizations Gathered in Montreal Monday to Discuss Haiti's Reconstruction Plans, ravaged by an earthquake. At the heart of their proposals is the exploitation of Haitian workers at poverty wages.
Today, we are interested in Haiti. However, of all comments, none goes beyond the terrible earthquake. We are hastily reminded that it is one of the poorest countries on the planet but without explaining the causes.. We are led to believe that poverty and come like this, that it is an irremediable fact : "It is the curse that strikes".
Imagine poor families, say in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, find themselves on the street because of a fire. without insurance, these families must count on the solidarity to get by. Now comes a shylock offering these families "emergency loans" accompanied by severe conditions and high interest rates. What would you say ? No doubt you would be outraged. Yet this is what the IMF has done in Haiti.
Port au Prince, 4 August 2009 – Hundreds of workers took part in this 4 August to a demonstration in front of the parliament, in favor of the minimum wage law at 200 gourdes, when a sitting was scheduled in the Chamber of Deputies, to discuss the objection made by President René Préval to the promulgation of this law.