The material support and logistical support provided by Better Work Haiti to the Confederation of Haitian Workers (CTH) and Confederation of Public and Private Sector Workers (CTSP) was instrumental in helping the unions in the fight to prevent the spread of COVID 19 among textile workers.
Yvel Admettre, General Secretary of Confederation of Public and Private Sector Workers (CTSP)
The Haitian garment industry has been seriously impacted by the rapid spread of the pandemic, and it has highlighted gaps in national social protection systems. A survey of 3,300 workers carried out by Better Work Haiti in December 2020 showed that 91 per cent had to reduce their number of meals because of food price inflation or a drop in household income. Though the government acted in an effort to mitigate this financial strain, challenges remain to sufficiently support workers and establish sustainability. Simultaneously, opportunities to consolidate the path to universal and adequate coverage have emerged with the crisis, as stakeholders have worked to create a shared set of urgent priorities for the future.