The pandemic has not undermined Cuba’s commitment to workers

Jul 13, 2020 by

The pandemic has not undermined Cuba’s commitment to workers

When Cuba’s President attends the World Leaders’ Summit of the International Labor Organization, July 7, he will discuss the 36 government measures taken to address labor, wages and social security during the epidemic

Photo: Ronald Suárez RivasIf there is one thing that allows Cubans to hold our heads high in any international forum addressing the problems of our peoples, it is the work of our government to protect the population’s welfare, based on full respect for universal human rights.

In the context of the pandemic, beyond the damage to health and loss of life, the harmful impact on workers is the most serious consequence. Already known is the loss of the equivalent in working hours of 400 million full-time jobs in the second quarter of 2020.

When Cuba’s President attends the World Leaders’ Summit of the International Labor Organization, July 7, he will discuss the 36 measures taken to address labor, wages and social security during the epidemic; the country’s facilitating of remote work, relocation to other jobs, and extension of wage protection for those staying home to care for young children, the elderly or others in vulnerable conditions. A million self-employed workers were exempted from tax payments; pension payments and social assistance continued and those who became ill, or were placed in preventive isolation, received subsidies.

In the voice of our President, Cuba will speak on the basis of these facts, and with the forceful arguments of the most palpable reality.

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