Cuban Workers Commitment to Revolution Acknowledged

Havana, May 1 (Prensa Latina) The May Day parade will be a demonstration of the Cuban workers'' commitment to the work of the Revolution, the general secretary of the Cuban Workers'' Confederation (CTC), Ulises Guilarte, said.

In an interview on local television, the union leader noted that from all corners of the country, workers assured the levels of efficiency as a contribution to the production chain.

Celebrating May Day without the physical presence of the leader of the Revolution, Fidel Castro, adds a particular dimension to the parade, but we interpret his legacy from the daily fulfillment of our duties, noted Guilarte.

The CTC leader pointed out that the parade at Havana's Revolution Square will end a period of acknowledgements and decorations to outstanding workers.

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Celebrations for International Workers' Day Begin in Cuba

Celebrations for International Workers' Day begin today in Cuba, with an event commemorating the birth of the leader of the world proletariat, Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, in the square that bears his name in Havana.

During the event, Cubans also remember the 100th anniversary of the October Socialist Revolution 1n 1917, which for the first time gave power to the working class.

The central activities for May Day in Cuba will be dedicated to youth, for their leading role in the programs promoted to defend socialism.

It will also mark the 55th anniversary of the UJC, the Young Communist League, and 56th anniversary of the José Martí Pioneer Organization.

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At least 67 killed in construction accident at Chinese power plant

At least 67 people were killed Thursday when a platform that was under construction at the cooling tower of a power plant in eastern China collapsed, state media reported.

The incident happened at the Fengcheng plant in Jiangxi province at around 7 a.m. local time, the official news agency Xinhua said.

State TV reported that rescuers were trying to free one person who was trapped.

Five injured workers were taken to a local hospital, Xinhua reported. State broadcaster CCTV reported that more than 100 paramilitary police joined in the rescue effort.

Premier Li Keqiang said supervision and preventive measures should be improved to stop such a major accident from happening again.

Work on the $1.1 billion coal-powered plant is due to be completed in 2018, according to media reports.

Accidents are common at industrial sites in China. Anger is growing over lax standards, according to Reuters. In August last year, huge explosions and a fire at a chemical warehouse in the northeastern city of Tianjin killed more than 170 people and injured about 800.

Almost 50 government officials and company employees and managers were jailed over those blasts.

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Argentinean Unions Strike for Better Wage Deal

Buenos Aires, Oct 21 (Prensa Latina) The Argentine unions known as CTA and CTA Autonoma have today mobilized in a protest against the Government''s intention to limit salary rises in upcoming wage negotiations.

Both movements have also declared that they will go to the streets on November 4th, the newspaper, Página 12, reports.

In addition, in a meeting that took place with the Government, employers and the General Union of Workers (CGT, in Spanish), with the absence of the CTA, it was agreed that bonuses would be limited to 2,000 pesos per year (around 130 dollars).

'The bonus is a crumb, and only those who can, will pay it,' Hugo Yasky, one of the leaders of the CTA, said to Pagina 12.

Both entities have declared that they will carry out several strikes and rallies alongside other social movements to demand that the Government take measures to deal with the growth of unemployment and poverty, the source added.

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French National Assembly Approves Labor Reform Bill by Decree

Paris, Jul 6 (Prensa Latina) The controversial labor reform bill by the French Government was approved today by decree in its second reading at the National Assembly, because a motion to ban the Executive from approving it was not presented.

Prime Minister Manuel Valls announced yesterday that he would resort again to a constitutional shortcut to achieve approval of the reform.

He was talking about the article 49.3 of the Constitution, which grants the power of approving a bill without the consent of the National Assembly, where it should have been discussed in a second reading.

Faced with the difficulty to reach the majority of votes in that legislative authority, in which everything seemed that even deputies for the Government Socialist Party (PS) would object the the initiative, Valls decided to opt for the aforementioned shortcut.

That copnstitutional instrument was decided because the Executive was convinced that it was a text for social progress that answered to the country's needs and should be adopted, said Valls to the deputies.

In his opinion, the document has been enriched and will be good to fight the mass unemployment that has existed in France for 30 years.

To the detractors of the text, it favors businesspeople to the detriment of the workers' rights, giving more power to those formerly mentioned, regarding organization of the working time and dismissals.

However, the ecologist and communist deputies, and those called socialist rebels, did not get the 58 necessary signatures to present the banning motion in the 24 stipulated hours.

Thus, the bill will go to the Senate for a second reading. If there are discrepancies in that chamber, it will return to the Assembly for its definitive vote, scheduled for July 20.

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Salary Hike Benefits Millions in Venezuela

Caracas, May 3 (Prensa Latina) Over five million Venezuelans will receive a salary increase of 30 percent thanks to the initiative of President Nicolas Maduro, explains a report published today by the Vicepresidency of Planning.

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