Cuban president participates in ILO virtual summit on work, Covid-19

Havana, Jul 8 (Prensa Latina) Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel is participating on Wednesday in the virtual session of world leaders of the Summit of the International Labor Organization (ILO) on Covid-19 and the World of Work,

The Cuban Foreign Ministry said that the meeting, held under the theme ‘Building a Better Future of Work’, will deal about the economic and social incidence of the pandemic caused by the new coronavirus.

The ILO estimates that during the second trimester of 2020, Covid-19 has reduced the total working hours by 10.7% worldwide, leading to the loss of 305 million jobs.

In Cuba, authorities took 36 measures in the world of work, salaries and social security to prevent and fight Covid-19.

Some of those measures included telework and distance work, the relocation of workers in other jobs, expansion of wage guarantees and exoneration of taxes for 240,000 self-employed workers.

According to statistics from the Ministry of Labor and Social Security, Cuba has more than two million workers in the state sector and 613,000 self-employed workers.

Cuba, as a founder ILO member, is committed to the workers’ rights, and is a signatory of all eight Fundamental Conventions of the Organization, according to official sources.

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