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Resolution on advocacy for the introduction of a legal framework governing working conditions in the non-public education sector in Haiti and campaign for unionisation in this sector

Resolution on advocacy for the introduction of a legal framework governing working conditions in the non-public education sector in Haiti and campaign for unionisation in this sector

The 7th Education International (EI) World Congress meeting in Ottawa, Canada, from 21nd to 26th July 2015:

 

1. In reference to agreement No. 87 on the right to organise and on protecting the right of association, ratified by Haiti on 5 June 1979;

 

2. In reference also to the Haitian Workers' Statute guaranteeing the right of association for all workers, both male and female, and recognising that the trade union movement is of public utility;

 

3. Whereas more than eighty percent (80%) of teachers in Haiti work in the non-public education sector;

 

4. Noting the lack of legal framework governing teachers' working conditions in the non-public education sector in Haiti;

 

5. Noting the impediments to exercising the right to organise in non-public schools in Haiti by workers;

 

6. Regretting that teachers working in the non-public sector in Haiti are subject to abject working conditions in breach of any acceptable regulatory standards;

 

7. Condemning the constant violations of social, economic and moral rights of workers in the non-public education sector in Haiti;

 

8. Deploring the refusal to recognise the status of teachers working in the non-public education sector in Haiti as a socio-professional category worthy of the rights and benefits inherent to its role and activities;

 

9. Mandates the EI Executive Board to:

a. Provide UNNOEH with political support in its undertaking to lobby the Haitian government for the introduction of a legal framework governing the working conditions and status of teachers in the non-public education sector in Haiti;

b. Support the campaign for unionisation in the non-public education sector in Haiti that UNNOEH has pledged to pursue in common accord with other Haitian organisations affiliated to EI;

c. Encourage the efforts of Haitian trade unions committed to promoting the right to organise in Haitian non-public schools.