The Self-employed in Cuba Keep Unionizing
HAVANA, Cuba, Sept 17 (ACN) Self-employed workers in Cuba
continue to unionize as 7 692 of them joined unions in the
south-central province of Cienfuegos alone, according to the
local office of the Cuban Workers Confederation.
An article published on Trabajadores newspaper says that out
of 12 411 self-employed workers in Cienfuegos, 3 161, who
still maintain their state jobs, have also joined their
The workers have unionized in the sectors of transport,
domestic trade, gastronomy and services, culture and public
administration, agriculture and livestock, communications
and others, the newspaper explains.
By unionizing the self-employees look for union
representation and attention to their demands, the workers
confederation office said.
Major demands raised by the workers have been related to the
need of some of them to concentrate in specific areas where
they may count on appropriate working conditions.
They have also requested access to protection means in their
activities as well to wholesale markets that guarantee raw
materials for their productions.
Cuba expects to increase its self employees to over 200 000
this year. By last April, there were 385 775 self-employed
workers on the island, according to the Labor and Social
Main activities in the non-state sector include the
processing and sale of foodstuffs, cargo and passenger
transportation, street vendors of produce, and the rental of
apartments and rooms.