Wikileaks: U.S. Forced Haiti To Nix Raising Its Minimum Wage To 62 Cents

ouanaminthe_784119An incredibly infuriating Wikileaks revelation, via the Nation. To sum up: desperately poor Haiti planned to raise its minimum wage from 24 cents per hour to 62 cents, angering the contractors for U.S. corporations such as Levis and Hanes, who pay slave wages to Haitians who sew our clothes. The Obama administration intervened on behalf of those companies, and bullied the Haitian government into setting the mark at 32 cents.

To put things in perspective, upping the hourly wage to 62 cents would have cost Hanes an additional $1.6 million each year. Hanesbrands turned $211 million in profit last year and CEO Richard Noll personally was paid $10 million.

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  • Solomonkain

    They hate us for our freedom.

  • Solomonkain

    They hate us for our freedom.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1746911243 Rizwan Sultan

      WIKILEAK is just a media war.
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      • Guest

        ‘just’ a media war? GOOD. The current msm is failing miserably and needs to be removed from power.

  • John Smith

    Yeah, stick it to the commie bastards who think that workers should be given anything close to a fair wage.

  • John Smith

    Yeah, stick it to the commie bastards who think that workers should be given anything close to a fair wage.

  • http://profiles.google.com/saintzedofourlostyouth R Z

    thank you economic neo-imperialism and military neo-colonialism. glad to know that relations between the US and the world’s first black republic have NOTHING to do with race (eye roll).

  • Jin The Ninja

    thank you economic neo-imperialism and military neo-colonialism. glad to know that relations between the US and the world’s first black republic have NOTHING to do with race (eye roll).

  • Anonymous

    Welcome to the current understanding of corporation ethics. Slavery is moral, just so long as it’s exported. Godforbid their lives get any better or they might not have to work in sweatshops.

  • Anonymous

    Welcome to the current understanding of corporation ethics. Slavery is moral, just so long as it’s exported. Godforbid their lives get any better or they might not have to work in sweatshops.

  • SF2K01

    Welcome to the current understanding of corporation ethics. Slavery is moral, just so long as it’s exported. Godforbid their lives get any better or they might not have to work in sweatshops.

    • BuzzCoastin

      Slavery is not always exported.  The US imprisons more people than any country in the world, even China, and those prisoners, like Chinese prisoners, make products sold in the US.  Reading this from an office?  A prisoner made that chair & cubicle.

      • SF2K01

        Prisoners are a totally different story. A prisoner performed a criminal act that landed him in such a position, a slave didn’t choose that lifestyle or their horrible poverty. As far as prisoners go, good that they should be using their time in a constructive way making something useful. Better than having them stand around all day breaking rocks or some kind of pointless endeavor.

        • Blackoutdustin

          you’re missing the part about about the “US imprisons more people than any country in the world”

          • SF2K01

            I didn’t miss it; it’s just irrelevant to what I was talking about. We have about 2.4 million people in prison/jail (aka 0.008% of the population), which is 2.4 million people who committed some kind of offense that mandated jail time and the best thing they could be doing is something constructive for society while they’re there instead of sitting on their butts doing nothing. Without even getting into the question of how we could reduce the total prisoner population by changing certain laws, the idea of prisoners is that they have done something to mandate their removal from society and being put to work is certainly a very valid thing to have them do benefit society.

          • Elmyr23

            Not when they no longer work for the government. Jails that could support themselves are being turned over to private business. 800,000+ people arrest for weed in 2009. So 3rd world labor for smoking grass instead of drinking and popping your bills like a true american. 

          • SF2K01

            Again, that’s a separate issue from what I was addressing. If we cut out all the drug offenses, the number of people in Jail would certainly drop dramatically and the government would be more able to afford the people who would be there (imo more deserving of being there) making a cheaper, more efficient system and we wouldn’t have to rely on private companies. I don’t think private companies running the prisons for profit is an automatically terrible idea, just that it’s the government’s job to take care of criminals. That said, those people who are in prison, should be working in some capacity, that’s my main point.

          • stevieb

            I didn’t like your post – I just hit the wrong button.

            I will say that the majority of those 2.4 million are ‘victimless’ crimes i.e drug crimes possession, trafficking etc.  Crimes that might not be crimes in the not-to-distant future. 

            So what does that say about ‘benefiting society’??  And how does that benefit ‘society’??  As far as I can tell it benefits the company allowed to employ slave labour – which is really what prison labor is.  Does it help the inmate rehabilitate?  Somewhat, though the evidence for that is slim…

    • rtb61

      When you import the products of slave wage sweatshops, make no mistake, you are also importing those labour conditions. It is not immediate but it is sure and inevitable. Those politicians who stab the union labour supporters in the back by seeking to undermine the wages and working conditions by promoting slave wage or starve conditions overseas at the behest of corrupt corporations, should be driven from party.

  • oldfawkes

    “Exploiters of the World, Unite!”

  • oldfawkes

    “Exploiters of the World, Unite!”

    • tooCents

      They already are. Marx yelled for the workers to unite because the workers aren’t united and are stupid assholes.

      • TennesseeCyberian

        Most workers are just struggling to survive.  Union-busting is one way to silence us, though the general fear of losing one’s job seems to be effective enough.  Most of us simply try to negotiate the best we can get on a day-to-day basis.

        We may be stupid assholes.  But we are the Meat that makes the Machine move.  If you have no respect for us, then perhaps your thoughtless insult was laid upon the wrong party.

        • tooCents

          My ole Republican Uncle told me that “(you’ve) wasted a lot of time. You can still contribute something to society”.
          I thought, damn, I thought I was working for nothing. You are articulate.

          • quartz99

            lol, I had a conservative family member say something similar to me online. I shot back “I built the webpage that you just used to send me that message. What have you built?”

            That cousin has not spoken to me since :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1746911243 Rizwan Sultan

    WIKILEAK is just a media war.
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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1746911243 Rizwan Sultan

    WIKILEAK is just a media war.
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  • RyanOfTheInterwebs

    Think the Haitian people would have rather the US have a Libertarian, non-interventionalist policy about this?

  • RyanOfTheInterwebs

    Think the Haitian people would have rather the US have a Libertarian, non-interventionalist policy about this?

    • Jin The Ninja

      well they definitely would prefer a non-interventionist policy. This would infer a dismantling of the neo-colonial military system in place in the Caribbean and latin america. in regards to “libertarian” i think it all depends on what you mean by that term. If you use the original and european idea of libertarian-socialism and all of its poignant critiques of western culture and capitalism, i am sure they would prefer it. If you mean free market american-style libertarianism- well i think they’ve had MORE than enough of free trade, free markets and regressive racial policies.

    • stevieb

      take what we offer or die.  We wouldn’t be anywhere near as rich and as affluent without your slave labor so understand that we really love and will keep your living standard at the bare minimum, destroy any attempts to better your working environment, in fact we will compromise any democratization of your COUNTRY and if you do our military will come in and murder your families and make your life hell.

      We own you and there’s nothing you can do about it.

      Except be grateful, because without us you’re nothing..

  • JoJoDancer

    I’m not surprised, but man, I really don’t know how the super-rich sleep at night.  Is there a pill for that, or something?  Mammonex?

    How telling that for a little more than the price of a tithe, Richard Noll could pay for the extra wages.  Hope your ass looks good in those jeans, Western World.

  • TennesseeCyberian

    I’m not surprised, but man, I really don’t know how the super-rich sleep at night.  Is there a pill for that, or something?  Mammonex?

    How telling that for a little more than the price of a tithe, Richard Noll could pay for the extra wages.  Hope your ass looks good in those jeans, Western World.

    • quartz99

      In order for one’s conscience to keep one awake because of one’s actions, one must first have two things: 1) empathy for anyone other than themselves and 2) a conscience.

  • Anonymous

    They already are. Marx yelled for the workers to unite because the workers aren’t united and are stupid assholes.

  • Curumim

    Imagine if the haitians get a better life. They would not be needing the US anymore …
    So for the sake o the US gov saving the world the world must suffer by the hand of US by then be “saved” by US.

  • Curumim

    Imagine if the haitians get a better life. They would not be needing the US anymore …
    So for the sake o the US gov saving the world the world must suffer by the hand of US by then be “saved” by US.

  • JoJoDancer

    Most workers are just struggling to survive.  Union-busting is one way to silence us, though the general fear of losing one’s job seems to be effective enough.  Most of us simply try to negotiate the best we can get on a day-to-day basis.

    We may be stupid assholes.  But we are the Meat that makes the Machine move.  If you have no respect for us, then perhaps your thoughtless insult was laid upon the wrong party.

  • Anonymous

    My ole Republican Uncle told me that “(you’ve) wasted a lot of time. You can still contribute something to society”.
    I thought, damn, I thought I was working for nothing. You are articulate.

  • http://profiles.google.com/saintzedofourlostyouth R Z

    well they definitely would prefer a non-interventionist policy. This would infer a dismantling of the neo-colonial military system in place in the Caribbean and latin america. in regards to “libertarian” i think it all depends on what you mean by that term. If you use the original and european idea of libertarian-socialism and all of its poignant critiques of western culture and capitalism, i am sure they would prefer it. If you mean free market american-style libertarianism- well i think they’ve had MORE than enough of free trade, free markets and regressive racial policies.

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    Slavery is not always exported.  The US imprisons more people than any country in the world, even China, and those prisoners, like Chinese prisoners, make products sold in the US.  Reading this from an office?  A prisoner made that chair & cubicle.

  • Crumpled Sheepskin

    If we find the antics of big business and banking then there is a way to send them a warning.

    We
    could have a Collective Non Consumption day.

    By  acting
    together and buying nothing at all  for just one day would
    send a message.

    It
    would show us where the true power lies.

    If
    we wish for change then one small act undertaken by us all will start
    our reality shift.

    Society itself holds the power to create a Reality Shift.

    Support Collective
    Non Consumption day

    Support
    the future of your species and its evolution.

    • just_visiting323

      this is a good idea why not start a facebook page for this.  everytime the government or big banks screw us we could do a non consumption day in retaliation.

  • Crumpled Sheepskin

    If we find the antics of big business and banking then there is a way to send them a warning.

    We
    could have a Collective Non Consumption day.

    By  acting
    together and buying nothing at all  for just one day would
    send a message.

    It
    would show us where the true power lies.

    If
    we wish for change then one small act undertaken by us all will start
    our reality shift.

    Society itself holds the power to create a Reality Shift.

    Support Collective
    Non Consumption day

    Support
    the future of your species and its evolution.

  • Anonymous

    Prisoners are a totally different story. A prisoner performed a criminal act that landed him in such a position, a slave didn’t choose that lifestyle or their horrible poverty. As far as prisoners go, good that they should be using their time in a constructive way making something useful. Better than having them stand around all day breaking rocks or some kind of pointless endeavor.

  • Blackoutdustin

    you’re missing the part about about the “US imprisons more people than any country in the world”

  • Anonymous

    I didn’t miss it, it’s just irrelevant to what I was talking about. We have about 2.4 million people in prison/jail (aka 0.008% of the population), which is 2.4 million people who committed some kind of offense that mandated jail time and the best thing they could be doing is something constructive for society while they’re there instead of sitting on their butts doing nothing. Without even getting into the question of how we could reduce the total prisoner population by changing certain laws, the idea of prisoners is that they have done something to mandate their removal from society and being put to work is certainly a very valid part of their sentence.

  • Anonymous

    lol, I had a conservative family member say something similar to me online. I shot back “I built the webpage that you just used to send me that message. What have you built?”

    That cousin has not spoken to me since :D

  • Anonymous

    In order for one’s conscience to keep one awake because of one’s actions, one must first have two things: 1) empathy for anyone other than themselves and 2) a conscience.

  • Guest

    ‘just’ a media war? GOOD. The current msm is failing miserably and needs to be removed from power.

  • Elmyr23

    Not when they no longer work for the government. Jails that could support themselves are being turned over to private business. 800,000+ people arrest for weed in 2009. So 3rd world labor for smoking grass instead of drinking and popping your bills like a true american. 

  • Jonathan

    Just because Wikileaks is involved doesn’t mean it’s some sort of corporate/govt conspiracy. The US State Dept does this all the time with EVERY country we trade with. Part of their mandate is to help developing nations establish stable economic environments that provide export opportunities. When Haiti wanted to double the minimum wage, the evil US corporations got pissed and refused to pay more than 7cents per hour more. In order to keep the corporations from pulling out altogether and buying their shirts from places like Bangladesh, China, and Bolivia the State Dept stepped in so that thousands of starving Haitians could keep their jobs.  International trade is incredibly complicated, requiring the combined effort of tens of thousands of people to make it work. Laying the blame solely on the Obama administration is ultra-simplistic nonsense. Let’s keep the blame where it belongs, on the greedy corporations.

  • Jonathan

    Just because Wikileaks is involved doesn’t mean it’s some sort of corporate/govt conspiracy. The US State Dept does this all the time with EVERY country we trade with. Part of their mandate is to help developing nations establish stable economic environments that provide export opportunities. When Haiti wanted to double the minimum wage, the evil US corporations got pissed and refused to pay more than 7cents per hour more. In order to keep the corporations from pulling out altogether and buying their shirts from places like Bangladesh, China, and Bolivia the State Dept stepped in so that thousands of starving Haitians could keep their jobs.  International trade is incredibly complicated, requiring the combined effort of tens of thousands of people to make it work. Laying the blame solely on the Obama administration is ultra-simplistic nonsense. Let’s keep the blame where it belongs, on the greedy corporations.

    • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

      I largely agree…but at the end of the day, the admin of the moment is as guilty as others when it comes to accepting the status quo and not pushing for productive positive change. Those greedy corps depend on the pols they paid for and supported…and they get what they paid for…high powered help for companies bottom lines.

  • Anonymous

    Again, that’s a separate issue from what I was addressing. If we cut out all the drug offenses, the number of people in Jail would certainly drop dramatically and the government would be more able to afford the people who would be there (imo more deserving of being there) making a cheaper, more efficient system and we wouldn’t have to rely on private companies. I don’t think private companies running the prisons for profit is an automatically terrible idea, just that it’s the government’s job to take care of criminals. That said, those people who are in prison, should be working in some capacity, that’s my main point.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    I largely agree…but at the end of the day, the admin of the moment is as guilty as others when it comes to accepting the status quo and not pushing for productive positive change. Those greedy corps depend on the pols they paid for and supported…and they get what they paid for…high powered help for companies bottom lines.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Welcome to a third century of Haiti getting crapped on by euro-american politicians and businesses. Obama’s administration is just the newest player in this game…if you really want to swing the hate hammer, swing it wide…you’ve got a lot of people, events and history to lay into. I disapprove of this conduct by the usual suspects (big biz and their servant pols) but I also remember its context in the sense that everyone in both parties for more than 100 years in involved and complicit in Haiti’s abuse at our hands.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Welcome to a third century of Haiti getting crapped on by euro-american politicians and businesses. Obama’s administration is just the newest player in this game…if you really want to swing the hate hammer, swing it wide…you’ve got a lot of people, events and history to lay into. I disapprove of this conduct by the usual suspects (big biz and their servant pols) but I also remember its context in the sense that everyone in both parties for more than 100 years in involved and complicit in Haiti’s abuse at our hands.

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  • middle_class

    wikileaks needs a master list of companies that use slave labor overseas so US consumers can boycott them.  There is no love for the US corporations in the US, that is a myth floated by the 2% rich elite

  • just_visiting323

    wikileaks needs a master list of companies that use slave labor overseas so US consumers can boycott them.  There is no love for the US corporations in the US, that is a myth floated by the 2% rich elite

  • middle_class

    this is a good idea why not start a facebook page for this.  everytime the government or big banks screw us we could do a non consumption day in retaliation.

  • Anonymous

    When you import the products of slave wage sweatshops, make no mistake, you are also importing those labour conditions. It is not immediate but it is sure and inevitable. Those politicians who stab the union labour supporters in the back by seeking to undermine the wages and working conditions by promoting slave wage or starve conditions overseas at the behest of corrupt corporations, should be driven from party.

  • stevieb

    I didn’t like your post – I just hit the wrong button.

    I will say that the majority of those 2.4 million are ‘victimless’ crimes i.e drug crimes possession, trafficking etc.  Crimes that might not be crimes in the not-to-distant future. 

    So what does that say about ‘benefiting society’??  And how does that benefit ‘society’??  As far as I can tell it benefits the company allowed to employ slave labour – which is really what prison labor is.  Does it help the inmate rehabilitate?  Somewhat, though the evidence for that is slim…

  • stevieb

    take what we offer or die.  We wouldn’t be anywhere near as rich and as affluent without your slave labor so understand that we really love and will keep your living standard at the bare minimum, destroy any attempts to better your working environment, in fact we will compromise any democratization of your COUNTRY and if you do our military will come in and murder your families and make your life hell.

    We own you and there’s nothing you can do about it.

    Except be grateful, because without us you’re nothing..

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