CUBA, June 21, 2019-First Vice President of Cuba, Salvador Valdes Mesa, met in Geneva with the Secretary general of the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU), George Mavrikos, within the scope of the annual Conference of the International Organization of Labour (ILO).
During the sustained exchange, Valdes Mesa and Mavrikos tried on the situation of the trade union movement in the world and the traditional solidarity stance of the WFTU with Latin America, in particular towards Cuba and Venezuela.
Last Wednesday the Presidential Council of the WFTU approved a statement condemning the U.S. blockade against the island, reinforced by the administration of Donald Trump with the activation of title III of the Helms-Burton Act. The text was approved within the framework of the annual Conference of the ILO.
Participated in the meeting with the leader of the WFTU Ulises Guilarte, Member of the political Bureau of the Cuban Communist party and Secretary general of the Cuban workers Central; and Anayansi Rodríguez, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Main ideas defended by Cuba in the 108 ILO Conference :
-The current international order makes social justice, decent work and labour rights, a chimera for millions of human beings.
-The Cuban people has had to resist the criminal blockade, which constitutes the main obstacle to development and a massive, flagrant and systematic violation of the human rights of an entire people for nearly 60 years
-This reality, far from settled, is aggravated with the full application of the Helms-Burton Act.
-This neo-colonial law intended to deprive the Cuban people of their resources, their properties and hundreds of thousands of jobs, effort to extract political concessions from the Cuban nation.
-The goal of building a nation increasingly more sovereign, independent, Socialist, democratic, prosperous and sustainable, on the basis of which we have continued improving the Cuban model of economic and social development, includes the strengthening of the promotion and protection of the rights of workers and trade union rights
-The new Charter Magna of the Republic, among other progress in the economic and social fields, further strengthened the recognition and legal protection of the rights of all workers, including those in the non-State sector of the economy
-We show relevant results in terms of women's access to employment. Women, who constitute the majority of the workforce in various sectors, have equal rights as men, included in the scope of the work.