Talks Heard of Haitian Workers Unionizing for Martenity Insurance
- Saturday, May 21, 2011 6:10 PM
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Several Haitian unions gathered to request what they call a minimum level of social protection. A road map on unionizing was developed and given to the unions from international union organizations.
According to an HaÃ¯ti LIBRE feed, the Trade Union Confederation of the Americas (TUCA-CSA) , the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) are all implicated as supporters of this movement.
The Haitian unions are asking for maternity insurance, which to this point covers "formal" workers though 90% of the workforce in the country is classified as "informal." The mass of the population has not protection in cases of birth.The union delegates have noted that the current aid agencies have serious shortcomings. Citing as examples, the database of the Office National Old Age Insurance (ONA) that is not computerized. They denounced the concentration of services in the capital, and stressed the urgent need for decentralization.
For the unions, implementing a basic social security is fundamental for decent work. Therefore, the union movement is supporting a major campaign which will be led on the creation of decent jobs.
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