Report from Yannick Etienne — RRN campaign results

We are very grateful for all the support and solidarity we have received from a lot of individuals and organizations. This kind of support is very important and strengthens our conviction and our determination to keep up the struggle till the end. This kind of support also shows the internationalist nature of the struggles we are engaged in and the importance of international solidarity. The capitalists and imperialists have formed their own camp and alliances, we must stand united in our own camp to confront them.

We want to underscore that our response was very effective. The organizations that we asked to be targeted by protest messages, CNOHA and its president, Dominique St Eloi, received a lot of messages. In a meeting between different organizations concerning this matter, they asked Batay Ouvriye to request the suspension of the solidarity messages. Continue reading

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RRN: #DefendYannick – Building Pressure!

"Down with yellow unions that sell out the workers' struggle for a pittance!"

“Down with yellow unions that sell out the workers’ struggle for a pittance!”

UPDATE: There is a general strike in Haiti Mon 2/9 – Tues 2/10.

RRN will deliver our signed statement to the thugs at CNOHA on Wed 2/11.

That gives us two more days to gather support!

Please share widely.

Batay Ouvriye reports that CNOHA is feeling our pressure.  Thank you for helping to flood their email inboxes!

At the core of this attack, and our solidarity with Batay Ouvriye, is the struggle for genuine autonomous and democratic workers organizations… something that is actually rare in existence, the world over. Let’s defend it!

On January 30, an assassination attempt was made on Yannick Etienne, a militant of Batay Ouvriye (Workers Fight), in the SONAPI industrial zone of Port-au-Prince. The perpetrators were flunkies of the NGO/yellow union CNOHA (Central National Workers of Haiti).

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Batay Ouvriye’s autonomous presence in recent demonstrations

Two types of struggles: the struggle among the bourgeoisie for the control of the State Apparatus, and the struggle of the masses for another alternative:

"Down with yellow unions that sell out the workers' struggle for a pittance!"

“Down with yellow unions that sell out the workers’ struggle for a pittance!”

 "Down with Misery Wages! Down with the High Cost of Living! Down with Unemployment!"


“Down with Misery Wages! Down with the High Cost of Living! Down with Unemployment!”

"Determined Mobilization!"

“Determined Mobilization!”

"Down with unions that would sell out the people's struggle!"

“Down with unions that would sell out the people’s struggle!”

"Martelly is a bourgeois -- Down with the Bourgeoisie!"

“Martelly is a bourgeois — Down with the Bourgeoisie!”

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RRN: #DefendYannick – Sign the Solidarity Statement

YSolidarityColorMonday, 2/9/15, the RRN will deliver this statement to Yannick’s attackers at CNOHA.

Please help us reach 100 signatures before then!

On January 30, an assassination attempt was made on Yannick Etienne, a militant of Batay Ouvriye (Workers Fight), in the SONAPI industrial zone of Port-au-Prince. The perpetrators were flunkies of the NGO/yellow union CNOHA (Central National Workers of Haiti).

The Rapid Response Network stands in solidarity with our sister, who has been a steadfast and courageous organizer for decades, at great personal risk and sacrifice. Batay Ouvriye is a rarity in this world: a genuinely autonomous and combative workers organization, and we will not stand by and allow collaborationist thugs to harm its militants!

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RRN Update: Defend Yannick Etienne – Interview with Yannick

Denouncing Yellow Unions:  An Interview with Batay Ouvriye Organizer, Yannick Etienne

“This is a question of using this as a business front, and it’s not really unionism… When you say union, we talking about independence, we talking about autonomous struggle, we talking about democracy, we talking about the rank and file really controlling what’s going on in the union.”

On January 30, an assassination attempt was made on Yannick Etienne, a militant of Batay Ouvriye (Workers Fight), in the SONAPI industrial zone of Port-au-Prince. The perpetrators were flunkies of the NGO/yellow union CNOHA (Central National Workers of Haiti).

Above is an interview with Yannick that explains some of the context of organizing in Haiti, the recent attack against her by CNOHA, and the difference between autonomous and yellow unions.

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RRN Update: Defend Yannick Etienne! SOTA-BO, Multiwear Negotiations

bannerOn January 30, an assassination attempt was made on Yannick Etienne, a militant of Batay Ouvriye (Workers Fight), in the SONAPI industrial zone of Port-au-Prince. The perpetrators were flunkies of the NGO/yellow union CNOHA (Central National Workers of Haiti).

Some of the context of this attack revolves around ongoing negotiations between textile trade unions and the garment factory Multiwear SA for back pay of wages unpaid to workers – wage theft.

Below is a translation of a statement made 1/6/15 by SOTA-BO, elaborating on the context of this struggle, and the false claims of yellow union, CNOHA.

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Back Off, Thugs: We Will Defend Yannick Etienne!

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Militant union organizer attacked in Port-au-Prince

On January 30, an assassination attempt was made on Yannick Etienne, a militant of Batay Ouvriye (Workers Fight), in the SONAPI industrial zone of Port-au-Prince. The perpetrators were flunkies of the NGO/yellow union CNOHA (Central National Workers of Haiti).

The events are described by a statement by the Executive Committee of SOTA-BO (Union of Textile and Garment Workers-Batay Ouvriye), which can be accessed at: https://batayouvriye.wordpress.com/2015/02/03/press-release-on-the-assassination-attempt-against-our-comrade-yannick-etienne/

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