This infuriated American corporations like Hanes and Levi Strauss that pay Haitians slave wages to sew their clothes. They said they would only fork over a seven-cent-an-hour increase, and they got the State Department involved. The U.S. ambassador put pressure on Haiti’s president, who duly carved out a $3 a day minimum wage for textile companies (the U.S. minimum wage, which itself is very low, works out to $58 a day).
I need to educate myself better about what companies use basically slave labor so I can avoid them. But unfortunately it’s probably a lot of them. :(
It’s things like this that Americans have a hard time wrapping their heads around. The US government is notorious for doing things like this, and when it backfires on them, they twist things in their favor.
Hope and change, anyone?
Corporations own this country and therefore, they own many other countries as well. It’s really sickening to see the people “in charge of us” choosing the bank statements of corporations over the general welfare of people.
The death toll from the cholera outbreak gripping Haiti has risen to more than 900. The UN is concerned about the devastating effect the outbreak could have if it becomes out of control in Port au Prince, where more than 1 million people still live in camps after the earthquake in January. The agency has appealed for US$164 million in aid.
via the Lancet