The history of garment workers in Haiti's sweatshops

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Haiti's garment sweatshops in general

Disney's Hell in Haiti
This Week in Haiti, Haiti Progres, 3–9 January 1996. Workers stitching clothing emblazoned with feel-good Disney characters are not even paid enough to feed themselves, let alone their families, charges the New York-based National Labor Committee Education Fund in Support of Worker and Human Rights in Central America (NLC).
Haiti sweatshops: Your taxes at work—pushing wages down
By Julia Lutsky, People's Weekly World, 23 March 1996. Haitian sweatshops pay starvation wages. Blatant abuses of labor and illegal practices are blatant. US manufacturers look for third world countries where high unemployment, poverty, and malnutrition generate low wages. The US has pressed businesses to invest in Haiti and has given them tax breaks. USAID pressure kept the legal minimum wage at $2.40 per day.
Workers get eight cents an hour
This Week in Haiti, Haiti Progres, 1–7 May 1996. Seamfast Manufacturing, which sews for K-mart and J.C. Penny, has been paying some workers one-third minimum wage, about 10 gourdes for eight hours (64 U.S. cents/day or 8 cents/hour).
The real Disney world—it's in Haiti
By Daniel Vila, People's Weekly World, 21 December 1996. Abusive conditions prevalent in the factories where The Disney Company gets its clothing manufactured. Protest by the National Labor Committee, a non-profit human rights advocacy group which has exposed the link between U.S. multinationals and sweatshops around the world.
Haitian Garment Factory Conditions
Campaign for Labor Rights Newsletter, 8 July 1997. USAID support for Haitian economic development is linked with intense worker exploitation.
Haitian workers make Euro connections
By Charles Arthur, 10 July 1997. A representative of Batay Ouvriye (Workers' Struggle), a Haitian workers' organisation, has completed a two week trip to Europe to make contact with garment workers' unions and campaigning groups as part of the international campaign to pressure the Walt Disney Company.
Garment production in Haitian export processing zones
Action Alert, Campaign for Labor Rights, 8 August 1998. USAID, in charge of providing economic support to Haiti, states, that it has no position on the violations of the Haitian minimum wage law, and for years it actively pressured President Aristide not to increase the minimum wage. The relation of US foreign policy and US corporations in Haiti.
Latest news on campaigns to support garment assembly workers employed in sweatshops run by South Korean and Dominican companies
Issued by the Haiti Support Group on 25 November 2003. Garment assembly production is well-underway at the first factory to open in the new free trade zone near Ouanaminthe on the Haitian side of the border with the Dominican Republic. In October the Grupo M-run plant was producing about 8,000 pairs of black Levi's 505 and 550 jeans each week, with about 260 employees. Media reports of low pay and arbitrary dismissal in the Grupo M factory.