Haitian government suspends Customs workers' authorization to carry weapons

Posted by hougansydney.com on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 Under: Security
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The Haitian government has temporarily suspends the authorization of Customs workers to carry weapons as part of there duties. This unprecedented decision comes as the government continues its tense negotiations with post and customs office workers, who have been on strike since last Monday. 

Haiti loses nearly 1 billion gourdes in 5 days, due to major strike across all post and custom offices

In a press note released Monday March 12th,

“The Ministry of Justice and Public Security, hereby informs that, henceforth, customs agents are no longer allowed to carry weapons, this under no pretext.

In addition, instructions are given to the High Commander of the National Police (PNH), to take all necessary measures to ensure the safety of the various customs posts of the Republic.

This temporary measure is adopted in order to prevent any untoward incident likely to harm public order.” 

Customs workers have been in disagreement with the government over wage increase which was previously approved but never implemented by the Ministry of Economy and Finance, they have been on strike since last Monday, costing the country more than one billion gourdes in loss of revenues.

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