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The TUC is committed to campaign against the decades long illegal US Blockade of Cuba. The TUC wishes to see the blockade lifted unconditionally in line with UN Resolutions and has successfully secured the support of the ITUC for this position. We also wish to see the British government and the EU develop their engagement and trading relationship with Cuba, as it has for the rest of the Caribbean. The TUC has twice welcomed the General Secretary of the Cuban Workers Federation (the CTC) to our Congress in 2005 and 2009. In 2009 Brendan Barber also became the first TUC General Secretary to visit Cuba. The TUC will continue to work to develop links between trade unionists in Britain and Cuba. The TUC is also an active supporter of the campaign to secure the release of the Miami 5, the five Cuban intelligence officers detained in US prisons.

European Trade Union Solidarity Conference with Cuba and Latin America

In February 2006, the TUC supported a conference organised by the Cuba Solidarity Campaign which brought together trade unionists from across Europe to discuss what could be done to build solidarity with Cuba against the US blockade and in favour of developing closer links such as trade deals. TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber and TUC President Gloria Mills addressed the conference, along with many other trade union leaders. A report of the conference in pdf format appears here, and the speeches are available here

IDM - Monthly newsletter reporting international development matters and issues affecting trade unionists around the world. Including reports, statements, interviews and events.
26 May 2016
The TUC has written to the Home Secretary and the Foreign Secretary to urge that René González, the first member of the "Miami Five" to be released from prison, be allowed into the UK to attend a conference examining the legality of his conviction, after he was denied entry on...
10 March 2014
Come and meet Yamil and Yudith, two young visiting activists from Cuba who will be in the UK in September. Since 2008, Cuba Solidarity have taken more than 200 young trade unionists to take part in Cuba's May Day celebrations and this visit provides the opportunity to reciprocate and learn...
22 August 2013
FREE THE FIVE - Join the vigil on Tuesday 19 October at the US Embassy, Grosvenor Square, London (Bond St tube)
12 October 2010
TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber set out why UK, EU and US policy towards Cuba must change, when he spoke to the Cuba Solidarity Campaign AGM on 5 June 2010.
14 June 2010
Brendan Barber has become the first TUC General Secretary to visit Cuba, and spoke to an 800-strong international solidarity conference on Saturday 2 May. While welcoming the positive steps made recently by President Obama, he called on the US to end its illegal blockade of Cuba and called on the...
02 May 2009
The TUC is urging trade unionists to join a new Amnesty International campaign for visiting rights for the wives of two of the Miami 5, Cubans who have been imprisoned in the USA.
13 April 2009
At SERTUC's ‘International Conference' on Saturday, (14 June), trade unionists from London, the South East, the East of England and beyond will meet with trade unionists and international speakers from across the world to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing working people and their families in the world today. The...
09 June 2008
In a letter to the Foreign Secretary David Miliband, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber calls for a new approach by the European Union towards Cuba. In the context of the announcement that Fidel Castro is standing down, the TUC urges a policy of constructive engagement, with stronger diplomatic links and...
22 February 2008
TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber's speech to the 25 February 2006 Cuba Solidarity Campaign/TUC conference for trade unions across Europe about Cuba and Latin America
25 September 2006