Haitian garment workers can’t climb out of poverty wages – World of labour – By Harry Kelber- straightgoods.ca

Haitian garment workers can’t climb out of poverty wages – World of labour – By Harry Kelber- straightgoods.ca

Twenty-five years ago, Haiti produced almost all of the world’s baseballs. Women would stand in the factories all day, hand-stitching the cowhide, 108 stitches a ball. It cost about 9 cents to produce a baseball, and woman could stitch three dozen a day. They earned $3 a day, under the ruthless Devalier dictatorship.

Twenty-five years have passed, and not much has changed for the men and women on the production line. The main difference is that they are stitching garments, not baseballs. They still earn about $3 a day — enough to buy a bottle of milk and a loaf of bread in the local supermarket. Today, breakfast, lunch, dinner and public transportation consume what the average T-shirt maker earns in a 10-hour workday…

Originally posted October 19, 2009

I decided to re-post this considering the recent highlight in a report by the Pan American Development Foundation on the state of children in Haiti.

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