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Cuban Economy Minister Reports to Union Leaders on Economic Situation Print E-mail

Cuban Economy and Planning Minister Marino Murillo reported on the current economic situation and the measures implemented to the participants at the 86th Plenary of the Cuban Workers Confederation (CTC) on October 31 in Havana.

Murillo gave details about the investments underway in the country. He lashed some that are causing Cuba to immobilize resources, and assured that the new plan includes only those that were well prepared.

The Minister said there is a disproportionate relation between the average salary and productivity, which translates in society distributing goods faster that it produces them.

There are more people employed in the service sector than in the productive one, an “occupational structure that doesn’t allow any economy to work properly” he said.

“The new measures aim at suppressing undue gratuities and excessive subsidies; removing unnecessary burdens from the State; reducing bloated payrolls and increasing work productivity.”

Murillo added that these measures will allow the government to make the necessary changes in salaries and retirement pensions.

He defined how the adjustments to bloated payrolls must be done, which will include redesigning them according to availability based on proven suitability and to implement work and salary treatment for workers that will become available for other positions.

He spoke of the increase of the self-employment possibilities and the new tax system.

(Cuban News Agency)


Cuban Workers Confederation Backs Employment Restructuring Print E-mail

The National Council of the Cuban Workers Confederation (CTC) passed a resolution expressing its full support of the employment restructuring underway in the country in a plenary meeting held by the organization's leadership over the weekend.

According to the document published by Trabajadores newspaper November 1, the organization agreed to raise the workers’ awareness on the importance of measures launched by the Cuban government in an effort to update the country’s economic model and strengthen the basis of socialism.

The organization said it will actively participate in the restructuring process which will lead to an increase and development of new forms of employment and work organization, while strengthening discipline measures, the elimination of paternalism and the review of training programs for workers.

The CTC’s National Council committed to strengthening political and ideological actions within the labor movement, boosting union affiliation and fostering production and raising awareness on the need to save resources.

Among agreements made in the meeting was to work to improve working conditions.

(Cuban News Agency)


Overwhelming Victory for Cuba: U.S. More Isolated than Ever Print E-mail

On October 26, the United Nations for the 19th consecutive time voted to demand an end to the U.S. criminal blockade of Cuba,  which has been in place for more than 48 years. By a vote of 187 to 2 (United States and Israel), with 3 absentions (the Marshall Islands, Micronesia and Palau), the international community repudiated Washington's economic war against Cuba.  What stands out is not only that Cuba recieved the same massive number of votes (187, more than 97% of UN member countries) as in 2009 but that the the U.S. is even more isolated, able to muster only one other vote besides its own (representing only 1.04% of UN members). The CNC congratulates Cuba on this resounding victory, which demonstrates the immense respect and support that the Cuban Revolution has globally.

Overwhelming Majority of Nations Reiterate Their Rejection of the Blockade Against Cuba Print E-mail

Granma International, October 26, 2010

United Nations, October 26, 2010: Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parilla addresses the General Assembly. Electronic panel shows the tally of the vote on the resolution.

For the 19th consecutive occasion at the UN General Assembly, the vast majority of countries on the planet have condemned the economic, commercial and financial blockade maintained by the U.S. government against Cuba.

The island’s Resolution A/65/L.3 received the support of 187 countries, abstentions from three countries (the Marshall Islands, Palau and Micronesia) and two against (the United States and Israel).

The blockade has an enormous impact on the daily lives of all the Cuban people and has generated losses estimated at $751.363 billion.

The extraterritorial nature of its laws shatters the hackneyed argument brandished by the U.S. that this is a bilateral matter and demonstrates all the characteristics of a real trade war that affects companies and individuals in third countries.

Members of delegations form a line to congratulate the Cuban Foreign Minister after the vote.

(Photos: UN)

In Annual Vote, General Assembly Calls for Lifting United States Embargo Against Cuba Print E-mail

UN News Centre, October 26, 2010

For the 19th straight year, the General Assembly today adopted a resolution calling for the lifting of the decades-old economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States against Cuba in the aftermath of the Cold War.

The 192-member United Nations body voiced concern about the “adverse effects” of such measures on the Cuban people and on Cuban nationals living in other countries in the non-binding resolution.

The text received 187 votes in favour to 2 against (United States and Israel), with 3 abstentions (Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands and Palau).

It reiterated previous calls on countries “to refrain from promulgating and applying laws and measures” that do not conform to their obligations to reaffirm freedom of trade and navigation.

In addition, the resolution urged States to repeal or invalidate any such laws as soon as possible.


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