Haiti minimum wage higher than D.R. denounce Dominican Unions
Monday, April 29, 2013 3:08 PM
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SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (defend.ht) - The National Center for Dominican Workers (CNTD) Monday termed it a "shame" that Haiti's minimum wage, following the increase set by former President Rene Preval, is higher than that of the Dominican Republic.
This comes as Dominican President Danilo Medina has agreed to regularize the statuses of Haitian citizens working in the D.R., who usually earn even lower wages as undocumented workers.
This declaration by Jacobo Ramos, Director of the CNTD, came as the Dominican union federation said it would not accept less than 30 percent wage increase from the private sector.
Jacobo Ramos said in the Dominican Republic the minimum wage is $216 and in Haiti $218.
He said the "so called employers need to dignify the wages of men and women who contribute to their businesses' growth."
"The unions will not accept less than a 30% wage increase, because we have ten years that the minimum wage is losing its purchasing power, and we believe it is time to compensate that loss to employees and workers," he said.
The Sentinel urges its readers that Ramos' assertions about the modest 0.009% advantage enjoyed by Haitian workers does not account for the astronomical cost of living in Haiti in comparison to any other country in the world.