Proof that it is better after more than seven weeks of a blocked country, the Haitian government decided to raise the minimum wage on Wednesday. As often with this administration, the news falls like big hair in the small soup that every family can afford in recent days.
"We won't work. Do not lose our job. And do not be afraid every morning thinking about how will be the day, "responded a father on hearing the news. He will earn 40 more gourds a day thanks to the adjustment.
Any salary increase is always a good thing, but as the journalist Amelie Baron pointed out in a message posted on Twitter about the minimum wage and the depreciation of the national currency in Haiti: in October 2018: the minimum wage for 8h of Textile factory work was set at 420 gourdes (at the time $ 6.06 US). In November 2019: the government sets this salary at 500 gourdes ($ 5.13 US).
In one year, the government's policies cost Haitian workers 93 cents in US dollars. Nearly 90 gourdes.
The wage increase is no longer an increase, not even an adjustment, it is the verdict of bad governance.
Speaking of employment and salary, after ten years of service in the skies of Haiti, Delta Airlines will stop serving the destination Port-au-Prince next January, learned Le Nouvelliste.
Good quality direct and indirect jobs are going up in smoke.
More than that, after the withdrawal of the hotelier Best Western, the withdrawal of the airline Delta is the symptom of the malaise of the multinationals came to Haiti after the conference on the investment organized by René Préval and Bill Clinton before 2010 or in the euphoria of reconstruction after the earthquake of January 12, 2010.
If one is informed of the difficulties of the big companies in Haiti, everyday companies, entrepreneurs and actors of the informal sector leave the business world in Haiti. Since 2015, the local economy has been poking. The crisis of the last months is deadly for investment and employment.
The country will count for months again the damage caused by the political crisis and the victims of bad governance in recent years.
As if that were not enough, the politicians still refuse to talk to each other and the opposition misses its rendezvous on Thursday when a conclave was announced to come out with a unitary position.