Civil aviation leaders reach out to Cuban workers

May 12, 2014

A team of ITF civil aviation representatives built stronger ties with Cuban workers as part of a solidarity mission to the country between 27 April and 2 May.

The group included aviation worker representatives from Argentina, Mexico, Panama, Brazil, Spain and Venezuela. ITF civil aviation section secretary Gabriel Mocho and ITF Americas regional secretary Antonio Fritz were part of the delegation, which aimed to strengthen ties of friendship with civil aviation union leaders in the country.

During their visit, the group met with unions and workers alike. They also made workplace visits, including meeting with workers at José Martí and Juan Gualberto Gómez international airports. The trip coincided with international labour day, giving the group an opportunity to parade alongside Cuban workers in Havana’s Revolution Square.

Mocho said of the visit: “What was great, was that the trip gave civil aviation leaders in the region, and from Spain’s CC.OO union, the opportunity to meet workers in the airports, airlines and other related areas. We saw how unions have a high level of dialogue with aviation companies owned by the state. We saw how companies also involve workers in making strategy – and how this contributes to a productive reciprocal relationship. We hope that we have stronger ties as a result of this visit, and that these links will be built on in the future.”

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