Caracol: None of Your Business

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This Briefing analyses the situation at the Caracol Industrial Plant, a $424,000,000 assembly-plant "development" project that has created fewer than 2000 less-than-minimum wage jobs. Production may benefit foreign investors and consumers but it certainly is of no benefit to Haitian workers.

In the first article, we question the viability and sustainability of the CIP. In particular, we look at how this development model fails to profit Haitian workers in terms of wages or skills or the Haitian government in terms of taxes or revenue.

In the second article, we show how wage theft in the Haitian apparel industry has become systematic. Many workers receive 200 gourdes a day which is an out-and-out violation of minimum wage law. Put simply, wages are not enough to live on due to the institutionalized non-compliance on workers' basic rights regarding pay, safety and working conditions.

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