Young Trade Unionists’ May Day Brigade 2023
April - May 2023 - 12 days
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
- Participate in the International Solidarity Conference in Cuba's Parliament (Conventions Palace)
- 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
- Three day visit to another part of the country, with a continued full programme including volunteer work and visits to a local hospital
- Contribute to the agricultural and productive development of the country through voluntary work sessions
- Visit 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 decade over 300 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 anyone over 18 years old to participate if they wish.
The cost (tbc) includes flights, accommodation (dormitory style on the brigade camp), three meals a day, internal transport, visas, entrance costs at museums/historical sites and a full programme of activities.
For a glimpse of what to expect, check out a report from the 2019 brigade here