Haiti minimum wage increase ignites competition row in textile industry | Global development |

The issue of the minimum wage is inflaming employment relations in Haiti, as garment factory owners and workers unions argue about the optimum rate amid fears the country\’s textile exports may become uncompetitive if the bar is set too high.

Garments constitute 90% of Haiti\’s exports, earning $800m (£485) a year, the biggest source of foreign exchange after diaspora remittances. The sector employs 31,000 people, a significant if small contribution to the organised jobs market in a poor, predominantly young workforce beset by unemployment rates of more than 40%.

Ironically, the dispute was triggered by attempts to formally raise the minimum wage. via  |



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