Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Industrial news

A survey of Cuban workers undertaken by the one and only legal trade union on the island has found that most workers have little knowledge of laws that are supposed to protect their industrial rights.

According to the survey, over 70 per cent of the workers interviewed by the Central de Trabajadores de Cuba (CTC), had no idea that there were laws in the Constitution to protect their rights in the workplace.

In fact,
most of those polled were of the view that if a conflict ever arose between workers and “management”, the union would do what it always does and take the side of the bosses.

Which is hardly surprising since unlike unions elsewhere, the CTC is an arm of the ruling Communist Party – and all workplaces are owned, managed and closely monitored by the State.


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