GREETING MESSAGE TO THE CUBAN PEOPLE ON THE OCCASION OF THE 26TH OF JULY, DATE OF THE ATTACK ON THE MONCADA BARRACKS
The World Federation of Trade Unions, the militant voice of 105 million workers who struggle through hundreds of class unions in 133 countries on 5 continents, salutes the historic and heroic anniversary of 26 July marked by the attack on the Moncada barracks.
The triumph of the revolution remained a lighthouse of hope and optimism for millions of workers groaning beneath capitalist brutality. The 63-year of socialist construction in Cuba is the living proof that another world, another society is possible. We salute the sacred achievements of socialist Cuba, which offers its people dignity and manages to lead the way in various fields, despite adversity and the unacceptable ongoing embargo.
Cuba spends more than 70% of the state budget on social needs and social services, while more than 50% of the budget expenditure is spent on education and health. The people of Cuba enjoy one of the best healthcare systems in the world, with many ‘’firsts’’, including being declared by the WHO as the first country in the world to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV (AIDS).
The Pandemic which affected the whole world and brought even the most powerful states on earth to their knees, underlines and the moral superiority of socialism. At the same time that EU countries, and even US states, were hiding – and in some cases stealing – medical equipment from each other, it was Cuba that was sending supplies and doctors to other countries, expressing its unconditional solidarity.
The World Federation of Trade Unions has always stood firmly by the side of heroic Cuba at all stages and milestones of the Cuban Revolution. The WFTU unequivocally condemns the current suffocating embargo and the interventionist maneuvers of the USA since the beginning of the socialist construction, as well as the constant attacks and hysteria of the imperialists against the right of a people to possess the wealth it produces.
The international class-oriented trade union movement expresses its full international solidarity with the Cuban Workers’ Central, the workers, and the people of Cuba, who by their example inspire workers all over the world and shed light on their struggle for a society free of poverty, wars and exploitation. Heroic Cuba has overcome all adversities, difficulties, and attacks over the years and will continue to resist, will continue to promote peace, brotherhood, and solidarity among the peoples and workers of the world. The Cuban people, who triumphed against Batista’s forces, crushed the American invaders, withstood the shocks created by the counter-revolutionary revolts of the 1990s, continue to resist heroically and stand up against the imperialist embargo. But also resists all kinds of provocations organized by foreign imperialist circles with the aim of undermining the revolutionary choice of the Cuban people.
The WFTU and its millions of workers join their voice with Cuba, demanding an immediate and unconditional end to the embargo and the return of Guantanamo to the Cuban people. We are optimistic that, armed with an unshakable faith in the ideas and principles and sacred gains of the Revolution and with the firm support of the internationalist solidarity of the international class-oriented trade union movement, the working class of Cuba will meet the contemporary challenges and attacks by continuing uninterruptedly the great march towards dignity.
LONG LIVE THE CUBAN SOCIALIST REVOLUTION!
LONG LIVE INTERNATIONALIST SOLIDARITY!
HASTA LA VICTORIA SIEMPRE
WFTU General Secretay