CAP-HAITIEN — Workers at an industrial park in the Northeastern Department make 500 gourdes, about $5 per day, Haiti’s minimum wage. After paying for food and their daily commute, about 95% of that wage is used up, leaving them with only 25 gourdes, about 25 cents.
“If Haiti wasn’t in a very difficult situation, I don’t think anyone would be working in a factory,” said John-Wilken Noel, a board member of the Union of Workers at Everest Apparel Haïti (UTREA) who provided information about the wages. “Workers can’t really afford anything with their salaries.”
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