Model motion: Solidarity with Cuba: time to end the US blockade
Campaign News | Tuesday, 12 April 2016
The campaign to end the US blockade of Cuba once and for all continues. A new model motion is available for trade union CSC affiliates that calls for the end of the over five-decades long US blockade of Cuba. Whilst CSC welcomes the opening of embassies in Washington and Havana and the recent visit to Cuba by President Obama, this does not equate to an end to the illegal blockade of Cuba, nor US intervention in Cuban affairs.
CSC, its members and affiliated trade unions and organisations continue to play a crucial role in raising awareness that relations between the US and Cuba are not ‘normalised’. Normal relations cannot occur until the blockade is ended; the illegally occupied territory of Guantánamo Bay is returned to Cuba and the US stops interfering in Cuban affairs.
In summary, the motion:
- Calls on the US government to completely end the blockade of Cuba and cease its occupation of Guantánamo Bay
- Supports the Miami Five Freedom Tour, the visit of the Miami Five and their families to Britain in July 2016, organised by the Cuba Solidarity Campaign
- Calls on the UK Government to move forward to develop strong diplomatic, trade, scientific and cultural relations between our two countries based on mutual respect and understanding and oppose all US extraterritorial threats against UK-based companies
- Urges branches and individuals who are not already affiliates/members, to join the Cuba Solidarity Campaign to help bring an end to the blockade once and for all
You can download the motion here, which can be adapted as you see fit for your branch, region or national trade union