Local September 15, 2022 | 1:59 pm

Sugar industry thanks the US for highlighting improvements in the sector

The Dominican Sugar Industry (IAD) thanked yesterday the recognition of the United States Department of Labor, which in its latest report highlights the continuous improvements of the sector companies in aspects recommended by that entity of the North American government.

In the communiqué, signed by Central Romana Corporation (CRC), Consorcio Azucarero de Empresas Industriales (CAEI), and the Consorcio Azucarero Dominicano (CAC), the sugar industry reiterates its commitment to ensuring that working and living conditions in its sugarcane supply chain meet international standards.

It also highlights its efforts for continuous improvements through transparency and dialogue and its willingness to engage with the Dominican government, other industry players, and external stakeholders to support new positive initiatives.

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“The Dominican Sugar Industry supports additional efforts that seek to involve the sector’s stakeholders in improving the working and living conditions of workers in sugar cane production in the country,” the text refers.

In this sense, the document points out among the most recent measures adopted by the sugar industry, the equalization of the minimum wage with the agricultural sector in general and the contracting of an international company to review compliance with labor regulations.

Migrant rights

The sugar industry said that on the 16th of this month, they would initiate a central forum with sectors of civil society committed to defending the rights of migrant workers.

The report’s findings and recommendations are directed at the Dominican Republic, as the procedure invoked by the US Department of Labor is a government-to-government process under DR-Cafta.

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