Batay Ouvriye entered the struggle against the Disney company and other large multinationals exploiting the workers of the earth. In this struggle, we were able to find the collaboration of various solidarity organizations throughout the world interested in workers’ struggles in general and those of the Haitian workers in particular. Batay Ouvriye representatives participate in various forums organized in protest against the violations and abuses endured by workers all over the world. Lately, we participated, for example,:
- in the hemispheric organization of the garment workers of the export free trade zones in the Dominican Republic;
- in debates around organizational strategy in free trade zone countries of Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean;
- in Guatemala, on the gender question in the organizational effort in international subcontracting zones;
- in Belgium, in the Peoples Court reporting against various companies multinational such Adidas, Disney, Levi Strauss, C&A and H&M;
- in the U.S.A., in the conference on «Independent Monitoring» accusing Disney, Nike, Walmart, Keymart,;
- and in several informational tours in the struggle against Disney.
For we are aware that in the present context of world capitalist development, Haitian worker struggles cannot be detached from those of all the other workers being led in other countries. We have brought and continue to bring our militant support to all the fights in defense of labor and peoples' democratic rights.
In Haiti, Batay Ouvriye encourages the diffusion of information and workers’ training through conferences and debates, seminars or labor training workshops, by preparing and distributing didactic material on workers’ rights, international labor conventions and appropriate struggle strategies in order to thwart local or foreign bosses.
Our interventions touch upon:
1) The non-respect of workers’ union rights, notably the right to unionize and the right to collective negotiation;
2) The need to increase the minimum daily wage, while insisting on the right of the workers to have a salary that takes into account the cost of life and the continuous devaluation of the gourd, our national currency;
3) The need for a progressive decrease until total elimination of production quotas in assembly factories;
4) Improvement of work conditions and respect for workers’ persons;
5) Impunity in the work arena: bosses have the Ministry of the Social Affaires or the Work Tribunal’s complicity in hindering workers legal rights;
6) Sexual harassment;
7) Generalized despotism in the work arena;
8) Lay-offs, illegal suspensions and all shapes of arbitrary of which workers are the victims;