Young Trade Unionists’ May Day Brigade 2017
27 April - 9 May 2017
A unique opportunity for activists to participate in practical solidarity work and discover the reality of life for Cubans living under the illegal US blockade of their country.
During the 12 day brigade participants will:
- Attend the spectacular May Day Rally in Plaza de la Revolución, Havana
- Meet the CTC (Cuban TUC) and solidarity activists from around the world
- Gain valuable insight into the achievements of the Cuban Revolution and contemporary Cuban society
- Examine the challenges facing the island and witness firsthand the problems caused by the US blockade
- Meet and discuss current issues with Cuban workers with visits to hospitals, schools, workplaces and neighbourhoods
- Contribute to the agricultural and productive development of the country through voluntary work sessions
- Visit the Che Guevara Memorial in Santa Clara, plus other political and cultural sites
Brigades have run for a number of years and have involved delegates from Unite, UNISON, GMB, CWU, BFAWU, PCS, RMT, TSSA, NAPO, USDAW and the UCU. Over the previous nine years over 260 young trade unionists have taken part in our May Day Brigade. Many have gone on to become increasingly active within their trade union and the Cuba Solidarity Campaign.
The May Day Brigade usually consists of members, activists and officers aged 18-35, but it is possible for older members to participate if they wish.
The cost of £1,599* includes flights, accommodation, most meals, transport and visas. Delegates will take part in solidarity work and stay on the rural Julio Mella camp near Havana for 9 days, plus a 3 day stay in Cienfuegos with a full programme of vists and meetings.
Read a report from the 2016 brigade here.
*Early bird offer for the 2017 brigade at 2016 price until original flight allocation is full on a first comefirst served basis. Price subject to change and flight supplement costs may apply.