Articles of May Day

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The heroism of Cuban workers

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Cuban trade unions began the month of April with the convocation of May Day marches and the recognition of workers at the Comprehensive Automotive Services Enterprise (EISA) for their contribution to the recovery in Havana following the January 27 tornado.

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May Day: another resounding demonstration of our unity

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The Federation of Cuban Workers (CTC) and all national trade unions convoke our entire people to a massive march to celebrate International Workers day, May 1, under the banner of Unity, Commitment, and Victory.

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A nationwide fiesta

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The sound of the Havana conga rhythms, with the beating of cowbells and frying pans, is heard. Leading the percussion is a lean man with stubble and red eyes, as he hasn’t slept for a day and a half. It’s now eight in the morning. But in the darkness at 5:30 a.m., with just a few people in the area in front of the capital’s Plaza de la Revolución

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A people embraces its history and future

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This May Day, 132 years since the Haymarket events in Chicago that led to International Workers Day, the Cuban people filled streets and plazas to celebrate, and reaffirm their support for the Revolution and the country’s new leadership. In Havana’s Plaza de la Revolución, the central event was presided by Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC); Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, President of te Councils of State and Ministers, and other leaders.

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The celebration of a people carving out their own destiny: Fidel in every march, at every march

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Fidel was everywhere this May 1. He was present in the faces of joyful children who didn’t want to be left out and came to march with their parents; he was there in the strong soldier wearing his medals proudly parading, in the decorated Hero of Labor, or the humble campesino holding a photo of the Comandante.

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#1Mayo: There is no force more powerful than unity

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“… Given its power, given its triumph since January 1, May Day has become a powerful factor, decisive in the political life of the country, because, with the general strike called with the Rebel Army, it was the working class that delivered the final blow to those plans to snatch the people’s victory at the last moment, as they had done on other occasions …”

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Cuba Begins May Day Activities With Voluntary Work


The call will first materialize on March 31 and April 1, and it will be intended to do useful and necessary labors for the production and services such as in building projects, agriculture and the sugar harvest, including industrial works as well as planting or cleaning sugar cane. Likewise, the initiative will reach the tourist sector, as well as sanitation and cleaning of institutions and communities.

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Can you cover a parade of thousands of people in Cuba with an unhappy person and a flag?


Cuba surprises the world every May 1st., with parades that bring together millions of people all over the island. It is a disturbing image for the centers of power, which try to tarnish it through its powerful propagandistic mechanisms.

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The unity that strengthens us

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The activities that began yesterday, April 11, with the reading of the call to participate in this year’s May Day celebrations, will demonstrate the majority commitment of our people to the Revolution, stated Ulises Guilarte de Nacimiento, a member of the Party Political Bureau and secretary general of the Cuban Workers’ Federation (CTC), during a press conference in Havana.

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The “Great Moderation” and the International Assault on Labor

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By Noam Chomsky In most of the world, May Day is an international workers’ holiday, bound up with the bitter 19th-century struggle of American workers for an eight-hour day. The May Day just past leads to somber reflection. A decade ago, a useful word was coined in honor of May Day by radical Italian labor