Cubans called to celebrate international workers' day from home

Cubans called to celebrate international workers' day from home

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Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel, called on all Cubans to celebrate International Workers' Day next May 1, singing the national anthem from their homes at eight in the morning of that day. In addition to this, the president urged in his Twitter account, to offer at the same time, an applause in tribute to all the workers who, in their jobs, at home or out in the world, work tirelessly to defeat the pandemic of the Covid-19. In this regard, the general secretary of the Central of Cuban Workers (CTC), Ulises Guilarte, recently called for the celebration of Workers' Day in Cuba on social networks, given the measures adopted in the country in terms of remaining at home to prevent the spread of the virus. With this, Guilarte said, the work of health personnel and most of all, the members of Cuban health brigades that fight the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes Covid-19, will be recognized. The celebration of International Workers' Day was established in the world by agreement of the Socialist Workers Congress at the Second Internationale, held in Paris in 1889, as a tribute to the Chicago Martyrs, American trade unionists executed in the United States in 1886 for participating in the days of struggle for the achievement of the eight-hour workday. In Cuba, that celebration began in 1939 organized by the Confederation of Cuban Workers (CTC). In 1947 mobsters protected by the government in power managed to divide the labor movement and overshadowed that date.

In 1959, with the triumph of the Cuban revolution, the marches to mark the date became a party for the unity of workers and, although this year there will be no parade, all Cubans will rejoice and commemorate the great date from their home.