Haitian employers and workers in the textile industry trained to secure win-win outcomes

The Centre carried out a workshop on “Negotiation processes and skills” in Port au Prince on 29-31 January 2013

Following a boom in the apparel industry in Haiti in the early 1980s, and its subsequent decline since the mid -1980s, the clothing industry has struggled with natural disasters, political instability and competition from Asia in its effort to bring investment and jobs back to the country.

After the approval of two Acts[1] to extend duty-free treatment for textiles, apparel and other goods, the Haitian government started to collaborate with the ILO on a programme to assess and promote compliance with core labour standards and national labour laws, in factories benefiting from the tariff advantages.

Upon a request from Better Work Haiti[2], the Centre held a workshop on 29-31 January 2013 in Port au Prince, Haiti, aimed at strengthening the skills of textile employers’ and workers' representatives involved in the HOPE commission[3]. The workshop put emphasis on how to move to a negotiation style that enables parties to reach mutually acceptable outcomes and also strengthen their relationships. Representatives from the Ministry of Labour also participated in the workshop. The interactive learning process applied during the workshop enabled participants to start using their negotiation skills during the workshop itself.



[1] The US Congress passed the Haitian Hemispheric Opportunity through Partnership Encouragement HOPE I (2006) and  HOPE II (2008)

[2] Better Work Haiti is a cooperation project carried out by the ILO and the International Finance Corporation. Better Work Haiti covers all factories exporting to the US market

[3] The HOPE Commission is made up of public sector, private sector and labour union representatives

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