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Statement No. 2, January 2003 :

Minimum Wage

WE RISE AGAINST THE STARVATION WAGES!

AGAINST THE BOSSES, GOVERNMENT AND SO-CALLED “UNION SECTOR'S BULL CONCERNING THE MINIMUM WAGE!

Cut the bull, here is the problem:

• Under the Jean-Claude Duvalier regime, we earned three US dollars a day.

• From 1986 to present, our wages have declined while the bosses raised their exploitation. We’ve reached the point where we’re making less than three US dollars a day, as we produce much more. Now we’re making less than one US dollar a day (US$0,90). We say: NO! The sixty, ninety, one hundred and twenty gourdes paid per “production module” (the new quota system, producing by groups of workers) can’t mask this reality. DOWN WITH THE SHAMELESS EXPLOITATION WE’RE UNDERGOING!

• THE MINIMUM SALARY MUST BE ADJUSTED TO THREE US DOLLARS, AT LEAST! THAT IS, 120 GOURDES, AT MINIMUM.

• We should be compensated for the time gone by between 1986 and 2003, these seventeen years gone by without wage adjustment, contrary to the stipulations of the Labor Code. The amount should be defined by negotiation

• The standard of living has raised, the value of our labour force should follow suit: we need a real wage hike.

When we consider the wage adjustment, compensation and hike, we clearly see that we need to be paid now one hundred and fifty gourdes, until negotiations advance.

They say wage raises will contribute to inflation. We need to all understand that prices haven’t stopped rising since seventeen years, while our salaries have decreased endlessly. If there is one thing that should rise, it is certainly workers’ wages which produce new values as the bourgeois steal them. Go seek inflation causes elsewhere! We, workers, defend our rights, our interests.

We are perfectly clear on the fact that without Struggle, we won’t obtain a thing. The State, the rotten yellow unions, the bosses are together: WE’RE IN THE STRUGGLE!

Furthermore, rural workers are also part of the working class. In many places, they make twenty, twenty-five gourdes. Sometimes they manage to make fifty gourdes, thanks to their struggle. Their salary has to be adjusted to one hundred gourdes.

In ending, we demand a stop to the sharecropping system. First measure: ensure the respect of the three-pile principle throughout the territory. [The 3-piles are shared between production costs, sharecropper and owner].

LONGLIVE PEASANT AND WORKING CLASS UNITY!

LONG LIVE WORKING CLASS STRUGGLE!

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