The World Federation of Trade Unions, on behalf of its 105 million members who live and struggle in 133 countries around the world, pays tribute to the memory of Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro Ruz on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of his physical departure on November 25, 2016.
The great revolutionary Fidel Castro started the armed struggle against the dictator Batista by attacking on Moncada barracks; he was the mind and the organizer of the armed uprising of the Cuban people, which started together with Ernesto Che Guevara, Camilo Cienfuegos, Raúl Castro and other great militants, from the sailing of the legendary Granma and the first battles from Sierra Maestra, until the day he entered Havana victorious with his comrades and was appointed Prime Minister of the revolutionary government.
Head of socialist Cuba for almost 50 years, he served with all his might to defend his homeland and the Cuban people, culminating in the repulse of the Bay of Pigs invasion and the defeat of US forces. He served the development of socialism and its great conquests for the workers and the people.
Under his leadership, Cuba offered enormous internationalist support to the peoples of Algeria, Syria, Angola, Ethiopia, and elsewhere, where thousands of Cubans fought alongside the peoples for independence and the end of apartheid. Tens of thousands of Cuban doctors, teachers, scientists took part in missions and helped the peoples of Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean, while tens of thousands of students from third world countries studied on scholarships in universities established in Cuba.
The life and action of Fidel will continue through the love of the workers and the people of Cuba for the revolution and its achievements; through their daily struggle to preserve the workers’ character of their state; through their enormous achievements in tackling the Pandemic in stark contrast to its tackling in the capitalist countries and through the international aid of Cuban scientists to dozens of other countries; through resistance to the US criminal embargo and efforts to destabilize Cuba by imperialist powers.
The world class-oriented trade union movement, the WFTU, will always stand by the heroic CTC Cuba and the Cuban people. We will always honor and spread the history and action of Fidel Castro, so that workers around the world can learn from his example. So that they know that the Peoples are invincible when they are determined and that socialism is the answer to capitalist barbarism.
FIDEL IS ALIVE AND THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES!
He was, he is and he will remain a bright example forever.