Workers in Cuba: Unions and Labour Relations - A 2011 Update

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By Debra Evenson and Steve Ludlam

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Published in February 2011

This is the ninth in a series of Comparative Notes published by the Institute.

This edition updates the 2003 Comparative Notes 7 by adding an introduction and annex by Steve Ludlam to the original text by Debra Evenson. We have also added a forward from Unite General Secretary, Len McCluskey.

In direct contrast to the anti-union legislation here and the current attacks on collective bargaining in the UK, the implementation of all key aspects of labour relations legislation has been incorporated into the workplace collective bargaining agreement in Cuba. The law requires union and worker participation at all stages of development, stating that without workers’ agreement the system cannot be applied.

Ludlam goes on to provide examples of union influence over labour market policy including – Union proposals relating to health and safety procedures that led to fatal accidents falling by half and workplace accidents by a quarter; proposals securing salary protection for those losing their jobs; consultations involving 1,500,000 individual trade unionists that lead to higher pensions and retirement at 60 for women and 65 for men.

This publications raises many interesting points of law and principle for UK trade unionists. Its content, focus and timing make it essential reading for all those concerned about the UK regulatory system of health and safety at work.

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