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Martelly defers tax hike in face of nationwide strike

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Haiti Sentinel

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) –The Martelly administration announced it would defer tax hikes it imposed on October 1, 2015 until December 2015. It responded hours before a deadline set by the nation’s unions to strike was met.

The National Platform of Loyal Transport Unions (PNSTF) said it required a return on the decree before midnight Thursday morning. It said, if not, it would hold a nationwide strike on Monday and Tuesday November 9 and 10, 2015.
 
The de facto Evans Paul government says the decree setting the taxes has not been returned on. Communications Minister, Mario Dupuy, says the government has to the increase of up to 5 times for operating documents now or later.

The Tet Kale administration of President Michel Martelly is perceived as wasteful and corrupt. Haiti is still paying the high gas prices that have dropped dramatically since 2013. When the administration said it couldn’t lower prices in the local market or it couldn’t fund itself, a national strike was held.

Strikes of these nature are rare but memorable for the complete silence and absence of activity in Haiti. Schools don’t operate, businesses don’t operate, because the transporters aren’t there.

Such a demonstration would only further prove the weakness of Tet Kale as it tries to pass the PHTK candidate for president, Jovenel Moïse, as winner in elections.

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