Cuba’s so-called reforms continue the exploitation of workers
Cuba is often referred to as a slave plantation, and with good reason. The Castro dictatorship considers the 11-million residents of the island their personal property, exploiting them as slave labor in addition to selling them to the highest foreign bidder as if they were chattel. The apartheid Castro dictatorship's propaganda dealers here in the U.S. will not touch this subject with a ten-foot pole and instead spend all their time touting the so-called reforms of the regime. But once you get past the propaganda and into the details, it becomes painfully obvious that these reforms are specifically designed to maintain and continue the criminal exploitation of the Cuban worker by Havana's slave masters.
Report says Cuba’s new foreign investment law violates international labor agreements
Cuba’s new foreign investment law violates a string of international agreements on fair labor practices and could lead to legal demands in the future, according to a report made public Friday by an emeritus professor at the University of Florida.
The law also does not allow for international arbitration of disputes, and denies Cuban citizens the right to invest in their own country, said Jose Alvarez, considered one of the top experts on the island’s sugar industry.
Alvarez wrote the 14-page report for the Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba because the new law represents the continued exploitation of the island’s labor force, said FHRC Executive Director Pedro Rodriguez.
The professor said the foreign investment law approved by the country’s parliament earlier this year violates at least seven international labor agreements and declarations approved by the United Nations and the International Labor Organization.
“A democratic Cuba cannot ignore than a notorious and public felony has been committed,” Alvarez told a conference at the FHRC’s Miami office. “In the future they will be overwhelmed with legal demands for the exploitation of workers.”
Alvarez said Cuba’s hopes to attract increased foreign investments rest on the new law, a labor code updated earlier this year and a business development zone in the port of Mariel west of Havana. Brazil is investing a reported $800 million in the Mariel project.
Mariel is “a white elephant,” he said. And the Cuban workers employed there may well be able to generate more revenues for the government than the actual foreign investments in the project.
Companies operating in the port will have to hire and pay salaries through government-controlled labor agencies. Cuba has only one labor union, the state-controlled Confenrence of Cuban Workers, which has never approved a strike.
The agencies in turn will pay workers 80 percent of the salaries paid by the companies in hard currency — but at a steep discount. While one convertible Cuban peso, known as a CUC, equals 25 regular pesos, Mariel workers will get only 10 pesos per CUC.
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