Protest Against Abuse of Workers’ Rights


Protest Against Abuse of Workers’ Rights

Mr. Raymond JAAR

CEO Brasserie de La Couronne S.A.
Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Haïti
P.O. Box 1477,
Port-au-Prince, Haïti
Dear Mr. Jaar,

We have been informed of your company’s serious abuses of workers’ rights at the brewery in Cap-Haitien, and are particularly concerned to hear that you are paying some workers an illegal 50 gourdes per day salary. In addition, we understand that – contrary to Haitian law – there are no holidays at La Couronne Brewery – Coca-Cola Haiti, that the provision for 15 days sickness leave is not respected, that overtime hours are not paid, and that workers are fired without valid reason.

We are asking you to urgently adopt the necessary measures to rectify the situation at the La Couronne Brewery–Coca-Cola Haiti. The workers’ base salary needs to be correctly adjusted. Mr Philomé Cémérant, a union leader sacked at the end of 2005 for no good reason, should be rehired without delay and with back-pay. A constructive dialogue betwen the company’s management and the workers’ union must be started immediately.

In the hope that you will adopt these measures in the spirit of social advancement in Haiti,

Yours sincerely,

Charles Arthur
Haiti Support Group

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