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Issue #1591      May 1, 2013

Cuban Workers Confederation restructures leadership

The Cuban Workers’ Confederation (CTC) has relieved general secretary Salvador Valdes Mesa from his position after his election as vice-president of the Cuban Council of State by the National Parliament on February 24.

Addressing a plenary session of the Confederation’s National Council, the second secretary of the Cuban Communist Party Jose Ramon Machado Ventura stressed the work carried out by Valdes Mesa in the consolidation of the workers’ movement and explained that the top union leader will continue to attend to the CTC from his new post at the request of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party.

Machado Ventura announced that CTC’s second secretary Carmen Rosa Lopez, also elected to the Council of State, will lead the organisation until a new general secretary is elected during the upcoming CTC Congress, slated for November.

Addressing union leaders from across the country, Valdés Mesa said that increasing unionisation stands as the top and most important task in the framework of the political and ideological struggle being waged by Cuban workers.

At the meeting, participants analysed the report submitted by the general secretary on preparations for the congress, the ongoing assemblies at work centres on their plans and budgets for this year, as well as the election or ratification of their leaders.

The plenary session of the CTC’s National Council also considered upcoming consultations with Cuban workers of a new Labour Code, which will be submitted to debates at the 20th Congress.   

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