Worker to Worker ties with Cuba described in new book

Heide TrampusIn the book “Cuba Solidarity in Canada – Five Decades of People-to-People Foreign Relations” (Pagliccia, Ed.), Heide Trampus tells us about the strong Worker to Worker ties that Canada developed with Cuba in the spirit of solidarity:

With the slogan “Hands off Cuba,” the goal was to present resolutions, demanding an end to the U.S. blockade against Cuba, for debate and vote at the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) and at national, provincial, and local union convention floors. Getting support from members and the union leadership was a challenge partly due to lack of awareness, partly due to an already busy agenda with labour immediate issues. With the continuing efforts by union activists informing and educating the members, and repeatedly presenting resolutions for Labour to take actions opposing and demanding an end to the blockade, resolutions were finally accepted, brought to the convention floors, debated and voted on. In a short time, resolutions against the U.S. blockade, the Torricelli and Helms-Burton Acts, including resolutions asking for the return of the Cuban child Elián González back to Cuba to be with his father, passed unanimously.

It was during this time that Worker to Worker forged a strong link with
the Cuban National Workers’ Central Union (Central de Trabajadores de Cuba, CTC).” Heide Trampus.

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Nino Pagliccia

NINO PAGLICCIA has two Master’s Degrees from Stanford University and is a retired researcher on Canada-Cuba collaborative projects at the University of British Columbia. He has published many peer-reviewed journal articles and has contributed chapters to books on topics about Cuba, the Cuban healthcare system and solidarity. He has been a long-time activist and has organized groups to do voluntary work in Cuba for almost 15 years.

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