What is the current political context of Cuba?
Cuba is currently in a process of updating its economic model. This is a complex and strategic process, which involves society in all spheres. This update should be made without renouncing to the
The change we are working on represents
At this time, we have 55,000 Cuban medical collaborators scattered on all continents. An important group of professor
More than 105 countries of the world have felt the direct cooperation of Cuba in benefit of the people. Those principles are irreplaceable in the conduct and action of the Cubans. This is what strengthens the politics of the State, the government and the Party.
How are the unions and particularly the SNTC participating in the consultation of the new constitution of Cuba?
The structure of employment has varied in Cuba. We had a predominantly state economy. Today, economic management has opened up to other possibilities. We have state companies, joint ventures, 100
The construction sector itself has more than 40,000 non-state workers (self-employed workers). The sector also has more than 60 cooperatives and several joint ventures. That presupposes a change in all legislation. Hence the need to update, transform and reformulate our constitution. It was necessary to institutionalize the experience for the operation of all State powers, which are the ones who guarantee democracy.
In this constitution, we give institutional validity to all these changes, but we also think that the change to the property does not presuppose the accumulation of wealth or property.
Cubans went to a popular referendum to reform chapter 5 of the constitution when the United States government increased its blockade and aggression against Cuba. In that chapter, we emphasized that socialism is irrevocable.
This constitution also includes some aspects of gender identity. It establishes that the person is free to choose, from their love feelings, with whom they can get married, without sex or gender distinction.
A concept in labor matters that Cuba already fulfilled is equal pay for equal work. This will be maintained, but now it is explicit in the constitutional text because it is one of the Millennium Development Goals.
We want our workers in the construction sector to be part of the process of popular consultation. Fidel taught us the method and the way to do it: listening to the people. Therefore, in this process, we already have a protagonist, combative, critical and patriotic participation, because even when the change in the constitution is critical, it most consolidates socialism in Cuba.
Socialism in Cuba is the science of example.
From the cooperation of BWI to SNTC, together with IGBAU of Germany, what impacts or results for workers can you list?
The main results of improvements are in communication. We can say that we have had a great transformation. The construction union is the only one that has its own newspaper, as well as a magazine. Our union
In all companies where we have union representation, we count with bulletins. In addition, we have noticed more interaction between our union branches in the social networks and on
We have also obtained technology from this project. Basic means such as smartphones, laptops, and devices were obtained in order to allow workers to develop new channels and new communication codes for dialogue with union leaders.
From this cooperation, a significant group of union leaders
We send a message of commitment and gratitude from all Cuban builders to BWI and German union, its affiliates
What are the main valuable benefits SNTC have obtained from its relationship with BWI?
We both defend social justice based on principles of unity of action. This is highly valuable for us. We value the unity of action in benefit of just causes, opposition to oppression, elimination of labor deregulations, abuses of the capital, injustice, unemployment
We have to continue articulating actions in different international scenarios, using the tool of multilateralism in benefit of workers in order to defend what is conquest, defend the most deprived and the use of the new information and communication technologies. We need to keep working on empowering our workers in the use of technology as a tool of socialism and solidarity.
Thinking about the future of cooperation between BWI and SNTC, what issues could be considered a priority to consolidate?
We are very interested in one topic: collective bargaining agreement.
We have to keep fighting for the unity of action. We have to interact so we can ensure consensus within diversity. The consensus must be of action, of doing concrete things in favor of workers’ rights in Latin America and in the rest of the world, without forgetting solidarity and cooperation. In that direction, Cuba will always be in defense of workers, cooperating and working. We will do everything we ensure it. We will put all the resources, effort and commitment in the defense of human dignity, social justice, solidarity