John Perkins, author of books such as “The Secret History of the American Empire: Economic Hitman, Jackals, and the Truth” and the “Confessions of an Economic Hitman” told The Final Call there is a clear reason why the West fears an Aristide return: Mr. Aristide and the minimum wage issue in Haiti are still quite prominent in the consciousness of Western nations, he said.
“We look at Haiti as setting the minimum wage standard in the Western Hemisphere, particularly in Latin America,” Mr. Perkins explained.
The International Labor Organization Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, in 2006, the last year that minimum wage data was made available, said the minimum wage question affected approximately 10 million wage and salary workers in 16 Latin American nations. The ILO said that 11.3 percent of salaried workers had earnings below the minimum wage, a third of which were women.
Ms. Danto said Mr. Aristide's move to raise the minimum wage in 2004 was the last straw for American corporations doing business in Haiti. “He was also removed from office in 1991, becoming then the first president to take on the minimum wage issue,” she said.
Possible Aristide return increases Haiti's political drama
BY SAEED SHABAZZ -STAFF WRITER- | LAST UPDATED: FEB 21, 2011 - 6:54:28 PM