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Unions give Martelly ultimatum, return taxes or national strike

Staff Writer

Haiti Sentinel

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti ( – If President Michel Martelly and the de facto Prime Minister, Evans Paul, do not return on the new hike in taxes it decreed in October 2015, the National Platform of Loyal Transport Unions (PNSTF) said it would strike for two days on Monday and Tuesday, November 9 and 10, throughout all of Haiti.

The unionists say their strike will be another warning and they are willing to take their demonstrations to civil disobedience.

The government of Evans Paul took the decision to raise taxes “to deceive the vigilance of the public,” concerned about the electoral process and the preliminary results of the presidential election of October 25, 2015. These results were postponed to be released on Thursday, November 5, 2015.

“In the new budget for fiscal year 2015-2016, the government increased the price of driving license type A 1000.00 to 3000.00 gourdes (US $ 1.00 = 55.00 gourdes; 1 euro = 65.00 gourdes), the price Type B 1,000.00 to 4,500.00 gourds gourds, the rate of driving licenses for motorcycles 500.00 to 1,000.00 gourds “denounces the spokesman of the Rally of tap tap drivers of Haiti (Rctth) Cantave Jacklin.

Unionists took advantage of the press conference on November 3, 2015 to castigate the presidential order, issued Sept. 23, 2015, in the absence of parliament, and published October 8, 2015 in the official newspaper “Le Moniteur”, which would grant a set of privileges to former Ministers and Secretaries of State.

“A decision, which aims to give priority to former employees for services to government,” argue unionists public transport.

The past week, several organizations have cried foul, with this decree “villain” dated September 23, 2015, which seek to offer personal benefits to civil servants, who have not even been relieved from their management and who weigh suspicion of prevarication, drawing on the meager financial resources of the state, even continuing to squander more.

Presidential Order of 23 September 2015, the terms of which are not provided for in the law on public administration, coincides with government ambitions to increase various taxes, relating to, inter alia, the passport stamp duty, renewal the license and the tax registration number of permits.

In October 2015, the Ministry of Economy and Finance (Mef) made up, in the absence of parliament, passport stamp duties, which rose from 3000 to 1600.00 gourds gourds, plus the increase the price charged for obtaining the license.

All these irregular arrangements are announced on the eve of the departure of the current Ministers of State and Secretaries.

Such tax increases will exacerbate conditions already precarious economically disadvantaged sections of the population, trade unionists consider public transport to the press conference on November 3, 2015.

Also, they call all forces in the country to remain mobilized to force the government Evans Paul and President Michel Martelly to withdraw these decisions “illegal” nature “create more misery in Haiti”. [bd rc apr 03/11/2015 3:30 p.m.]

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