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ILO Calls On Castro to Allow Free Labor Unions With PM-Cuba-Caribbean, Bjt

June 12, 1992

GENEVA (AP) _ The International Labor Organization is urging Cuba to allow free trade unions, as required under an ILO convention Havana pledged to respect.

A watchdog panel of the U.N. agency, the Committee on the Application of Standards, said Thursday that independent trade unions ″do not seem to exist″ under Cuban leader Fidel Castro, one of the world’s last communist holdouts.

Cuba’s labor minister, Francisco Linares Calvo, told the committee Cuba will review proposals for new laws and constitutional amendments but did not elaborate.

The standards committee, which groups employer, worker and government delegates from 155 ILO member nations, said Cuba was violating an ILO convention on freedom of association and the right to organize labor. It voiced hope Havana would make early progress toward respecting it.

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