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It is the Central Trade Union that groups the Cuban workers.

It arose in 1939 after dissolving the CNOC and was fundamental in the fight for the approval of the Constitution of 1940, the most advanced of its time in America.

Intervention in the 1940s by Cuban oligarchic governments, it became an instrument of submission of the working class to the capital, although the main leaders from the communist party continued to fight for the demands of the workers.

After the revolutionary triumph, on January 1, 1959, union unity was restored and the CTC joined in the tasks of building the new society.

The structure of the CTC consists of: Congress, National Council, National Committee, National Secretariat, national unions, branches, provincial committees, union bureau at company level, and union section.

There are 18 national unions, which number approximately 2 998 634 affiliated workers.

The entry to their ranks is voluntary and is made up of about 19 national unions. It is established in its Statutes that congresses are held every 5 years, where the Secretary General and the new representatives included in the National Council, the National Committee and the Secretariat are elected.

In each work center where more than 5 people work, there may be a trade union section. Several trade union sections make up a trade union bureau. 96% of Cuban workers belong to the CTC.

This organization is considered as a very important force for the defense of the interests of the people and the Revolution. The Secretary General of the CTC is member of the maximum direction of the State and of the Communist Party.

The official newspaper of the organization is Trabajadores that is published weekly for the whole national territory. The union leaders receive training in the 14 provincial centers and the National Cadres School Lázaro Peña.

Working women and retirees receive good care in trade unions and have laws in their favor that support their rights not to be discriminated against, to work and to receive a pension upon retirement.

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