UNIONS FOR CUBA CONFERENCE – Celebrating 60 years of the Cuban Revolution and building trade union solidarity in Britain

Campaign News | Friday, 9 August 2019

"Unite is looking forward to welcoming Cuban workers to the UK in November.

The Unions for Cuba conference is a symbol of the bonds of solidarity that exist between British and Cuban trade unionists and our commitment to stand shoulder to should with them in their fight against the US blockade."

Len McCluskey, General Secretary, Unite the Union

Unions for Cuba is the highlight of Cuba60 - a year of activities organised by the Cuba Solidarity Campaign to mark the 60th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution and the 80th anniversary of the CTC.

Cuba60 provides an opportunity to celebrate Cuba’s many social advances in health, education and international humanitarianism and increase awareness and campaigning on the ongoing illegal blockade of Cuba and its extraterritorial impact in the UK.

The conference comes at a critical time for the Cuban people, as the Trump administration has tightened the blockade to unprecedented levels in an attempt to strangle the Cuban economy.

In November we will host the Unions for Cuba conference - the the biggest trade union solidarity event with the island to take place in the UK for fifteen years.

Saturday 2 November 2019, 10am-5pm

NEU Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London, WC1H 9BD

So far, sixteen Cuban trade union leaders from across the island representing national and regional unions and six sectors have been invited to travel to Britain to participate in the Unions for Cuba Conference on 2 November 2019.

Speakers include Len McCluskey (GS Unite), Kevin Courtney (GS NEU), Ismael Druillett, Director of International Relations, Central de Trabajadores de Cuba (CTC)
, Karen Lee MP, Dave Ward (GS, CWU), Diana Holland (AGS, Untie) and general secretaries and trade union leaders from Cuba’s SNTS (health), SNTAP (public administration), SNTECD (education) SNTCIE (communications), SNTTP (transport and ports) and SNTEM (energy and mining) unions. Final speakers and details will be announced soon.

Congratulations to CTC on 80 years of fighting for workplace and social justice. The TUC is proud to build friendship between British and Cuban workers. We oppose Donald Trump’s economic war on Cuba and the US blockade which hits working people hardest. And we will always champion workers’ rights, at home and worldwide, to win equality, justice and dignity for everyone.”

Frances O’Grady, General Secretary, TUC

The British trade union movement has a long and proud history of support for causes around the world - this conference will build on those traditions. It will look at ways of increasing political and practical solidarity, counter the misinformation propagated about Cuba; develop close inter-union relationships as well as informing, educating and mobilising activists.

Featured sessions will include the impact of the blockade on Cuba’s education, health and society, trade union democracy and influence in setting national economic policy in the county, and the role of international solidarity in the global trade union movement.

British unions currently hosting Cuban guests at national and regional level include UNISON, National and London, Scotland, Wales, and North West Regions, Unite the Union, National and London and Eastern Region, ASLEF, NEU, and the CWU. Following the conference the Cuban guests will be spending a several days taking part in workplace visits and exchanges with their British counterparts.

Book a place today

Tickets are priced £15 (waged) £10 (unwaged) which includes a packed lunch

Please make cheques payable to Cuba Solidarity Campaign (marked on the back ‘Unions for Cuba’). To make a BACS or credit card payment or to request an invoice, please contact CSC on 0207 490 5715 or email office@cuba-solidarity.org.uk

“Cuba’s free, universal and inclusive education system is a beacon across Latin America and the Caribbean and I am proud of the NEU’s solidarity with the teachers’ union in Cuba and the Cuban people. I look forward to speaking alongside Cuban trade union leaders at this important conference.”

Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary, NEU

If your union region or branch would like to invite a Cuban trade unionist to take part in the conference and exchanges, or for more information on how to get involved and support events please call or email campaigns@cuba-solidarity.org.uk

Download the confereence flyer here

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