The history of Haiti's orange plantation workers

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Grand Marnier Orange Plantation Workers in Haiti Need Solidarity
Haiti Support Group, 4 February 2000. The London-based Haiti The workers at the Marnier-Lapostelle orange plantation in Haiti are trying to get a first contract and something close to a living wage. The Union (Le Syndicat des Ouvriers de Marnier-Lapostelle—Haiti) calls for international solidarity to support its efforts to negotiate improvements in pay and conditions at the orange tree plantation in northern Haiti.
Grand Marnier workers’ partial victory
By Charles Arthur, on behalf of the Haiti Support Group, 23 August 2000. Haiti support group and Batay Ouvriye backed the Grand Marnier Workers Union in Haiti. The international solidarity campaign has at last had an effect, a formal document in which they laid down some provisions for a minimal change regarding working conditions and wages, starting as of July 31 2000.
Urgent appeal on behalf of the Cointreau workers’ union in Haiti
From the Haiti Support Group, 25 October 2000. Workers on the Cointreau orange plantation in northern Haiti must endure pay and conditions that are unchanged in almost 150 years. Men and women make the minimum wage of 36 gourdes (US$1.25). The factory is squalid. Working without gloves or protective clothing, and lung complications are common. An appeal for help.
Workers fight for rights on orange plantation; Peasants take back land
This Week in Haiti, Haiti Progres, 16–22 May 2001. Over the past few months, workers at Guacimal have been fighting for better wages and conditions. The following is an update on the situation at Guacimal as reported by the Haitian workers' movement Batay Ouvriy (Workers' Struggle). The struggle and the strike reviewed.
Urgent action for Haitian Cointreau orange laborers
The Haiti Support Group, 21 May 2001. Cointreau orange workers and local farmers occupy a plantation. Anti-union measures at the Guacimal/Remy Cointreau orange plantation at St. Raphael in northern Haiti. Local peasant farmers and union members want to force the managers to negotiate a settlement. International solidarity is needed.
Labor Solidarity Groups Protest Cointreau’s Refusal to Aid Plantation Workers in Haiti
Global Sweatshop Coalition, 23 October 2001. Two New York labor solidarity groups are sponsoring a picket line in front of the Remy Amerique offices in New York to protest the company's refusal to aid the plantation workers in Haiti who pick and pack oranges used in the company's luxury Cointreau liqueur.
Bitter Fruit
By Charles Arthur, New Internationalist, December 2001. The Paris-based Marnier-Lapostolle company owns a 72-hectare plantation not far from Haiti's second city, Cap-Haitien. Here workers have enlisted the support of international solidarity organizations in their struggle for union rights, better pay and improved conditions.
Violent Attack On Guacimal Plantation Workers
Report by Charles Arthur, Haiti Support Group, 29 May 2002. Reports are coming in of a violent confrontation at the Guacimal company orange plantation in St. Raphael. Two people have been killed and many injured. Two journalists were among those seriously injured and are being detained by the local police without charge.
Urgent—action required to stop violent attacks on unionists in Haiti
Report by Haiti Support Group, 2 June 2002. The house of the Guacimal Union's General Secretary, Mr. Sintes Estime, has been burnt to the ground. The entire family has been forced into hiding. Other dwellings belonging to other member of the union are threatened of the same fate.
Update on Detained Workers
Haiti Report for July 12, 2002, prepared by Haiti Reborn/Quixote Center. Labor organizations denounced Wednesday the prolonged preventive detention of nine rural workers employed at Guacimal. These organizations include NCHR (National Coalition for Haitian Rights), Batay Ouvriye, POHDH (Platform of Haitian Human Rights Organizations) and PAPDA (Platform to Advocate Alternative Development).