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Haiti: Sackings and Repression!

category central america / caribbean | workplace struggles | press release author Sunday October 02, 2011 03:12author by Batay Ouvriye Report this post to the editors

During the days following the dismissal of 5 members of the executive committee of SOTA (the Textile and Apparel Workers’ Union), the firings are contiuing even worse.

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During the days following the dismissal of 5 members of the executive committee of SOTA (the Textile and Apparel Workers’ Union), the firings are contiuing even worse. In several factories, now the bosses are attacking union members and all other workers close to them with arbitrary dismissals.

Worse yet: last Tuesday afternoon, while we were continuing the distribution of May 1st Union Federation- Batay Ouvriye pamphlets announcing SOTA’s establishment and the following repression, a large police force arrived in front of the same Apaid factory (Genesis), armed to the teeth, with anti-bullet jackets and some of them even hooded!!! They spread terror in the entire area, stopped all distributions, and there were people within the factory taking pictures.

We had no other choice than to leave there.

Recall that SOTA, the textile and apparel union, is a legally recognized union, with its registration documents from the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor, and affiliated with the May 1st Union Federation- Batay Ouvriye (ESPM-BO), also legally recognized and the same documents.
So we ask: up to what point are these arbitrary boss actions going to arrive? Till what point will this open anti-worker repression arrive? Or: is the bloody Duvalier era restored? Or: is this the “dictatorship of the Rule of the Law”?

DOWN WITH UNION REPRESSION! DOWN WITH INTIMIDATIONS AND RETALIATIONS AGAINST COMBATIVE WORKERS IN THE TEXTILE INDUSTRY!
FORWARD THE WORKERS’ STRUGGLE TO DEFEND THEIR RIGHTS!

author by Batay Ouvriyepublication date Sun Oct 02, 2011 03:22Report this post to the editors

In the context of the heavily armed repression, including the use of hoods, that the police has set up in the workplace (see our preceding message), in the context of the "jobs”-assembly industry – famine wages set up in Haiti, in the context of the total impunity the bourgeois enjoy for this: at present, it is openly, above the law and above the State, that the textile capitalists are acting.

Indeed. This Friday, September 30th, at the Multiwear factory belonging to Richard Coles, they summoned Hilaire Jean-François, sixth member of the SOTA (textile and apparel union), to the offices to inform him simply: that he was fired! When he asked why they told him it was due to shortage of raw materials. When he asked why him, a member of the executive committee of a union just recently set up in the textile industry, and showed a photocopy of the union’s legal registration at the ministry of labor –a document all the union members always carry on them – the answer was: exactly for that!

The Labor Code, as well as the Constitution, forbids attacking workers because of their union affiliation. Until recently, the bosses always made up excuses to cover up these attacks. Now, not only do they violate the law but they assume it, bluntly, openly!

Ourselves, at Batay Ouvriye, we say, once again: in the name of our legal rights our class stood up for =nd seized, in the name of our STRUGGLE, WE’VE JUST BEGUN TO FIGHT! WE’VE JUST BEGUN TO MOBILIZE!

DOWN WITH ANTI-UNION REPRESSION!

DOWN WITH THE BOSSES’ AND STATE ALLIES’ BLOODTHIRSTY DOMINATION!

FORWARD OUR STRUGGLE, WE THE WORKING CLASS, WE =HE LABORERS AND ALL CONSEQUENT PROGRESSIVES, FOR OUR DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS, WHETHER IN THE FACTORIES, IN OUR NEIGHBORHOODS, IN THE FIELDS, IN THE COUNTRY AND THE WORLD!

 
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