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Protest of Remy Cointreau's Abuse of Haitian Workers

Friday, February 1 -- Members of the Global Sweatshop Coalition rallied in front of the New York offices of Remy Cointreau to call attention to the treatment of workers on the plantations in Haiti where the oranges for the company's high-priced liqueur are grown.

Friday, February 1 -- Members of the Global Sweatshop Coalition rallied in front of the New York offices of Remy Cointreau to call attention to the treatment of workers on the plantations in Haiti where the oranges for the company's high-priced liqueur are grown. See pictures from the action.

Dozens of people held signs, chanted, and made speeches detailing the way the workers must cut the oranges and peel them by hand, with no protection from the sun, for the equivalent of less than $1.50 per day. Listen to Christian Lemoine and the chants from the crowd

The workers formed a union in 1999 to negotiate with Cointreau and Produits Agricoles S.A. Guacimal, the company that owns the plantations, but their requests for meetings with the companies have been repeatedly denied, according to Yannick Etienne of Batay Ouvriye, the workers' organization. (The name means "workers' struggle" in Creole.) The workers also say that they have come under constant threats of beatings, arrests and dismissals. The Coalition has been picketing the Cointreau offices every Friday from 5-6pm for nearly two months, and they say they will continue the weekly pickets in front of the office at 1350 6th Avenue at 55th Street until Cointreau meets with Batay Ouvriye. Watch video of the picketers deriding their friend dressed as a Cointreau bottle.

For more information, visit the Global Sweatshop Coalition website.

 
 

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