10/11/13 - Cuba-L Analysis (Albuquerque) - GlobalPost - Cuba: Nearly 3 mn people consulted on labor
Havana, Oct 11 (EFE).- Some 2.6 million workers have taken part in a series
of meetings to discuss a planned overhaul of the Communist-ruled island's
labor laws, state media said Friday.
The process, which began in July, has completed 98 percent of the scheduled
meetings with more than 67,000 assemblies for consulting union employees in
the state and private sectors, even including those working outside the
Workers have presented more than 161,000 suggestions for modifying,
eliminating or adding articles to the draft legislation.
As a result of these meetings, some 2,905 proposals have been created for
study by a National Assembly commission.
"All the suggestions have been compiled and processed by dozens of
municipal, provincial and national commissions made up of experts on the
subjects, and by boards and officials of the union movement," Xiomara
Enriquez, an official of the CTC, Cuba's only legal labor union, said.
The new proposed legislation, which would substitute the Labor Code in
effect since 1985, includes provisions to accommodate the surge in
self-employment spurred by the government decision to expand non-state
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