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From CLRMain@afgj.org Mon Feb 26 17:59:05 2001
Posted-Date: Mon, 26 Feb 2001 16:07:50 -0500
From: CLR <CLRMain@afgj.org>
Subject: Monthly Index--trial run!
Date: Mon, 26 Feb 2001 15:49:59 -0500

Privatization of Electric and Telephone Companies in Haiti

Labor Alerts, Monthly Index, February 2001

Labor organizers outside of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, report that the Government of Haiti is pressuring the management of both the state-owned electric company and telephone company to quickly move forward with plans to privatize the companies. A serious human rights violation is taking place - at the Electricity Company of Haiti all labor union members have already been fired and the lives of union organizers are being threatened. As you may know, privatization of state-owned industries is a requirement of structural adjustment programs of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank. It is much easier to attract international investors to companies that do not have labor unions.

~for more information contact Melinda Miles at Haiti Reborn/Quixote Center, (301)699-0042 or email haiti@quixote.org