Friday, September 29, 2006

Raul Castro Urges Against Labor Union Corruption

Sep 28, 2006 4:45 pm US/Eastern
Raul Castro Urges Against Labor Union Corruption

(AP) HAVANA Raul Castro is urging Cuba's communist labor union to lead
the country's battle against corruption.

In his speech he said that workers are "the essential force" in fighting
a wide range of vices, earning him a standing ovation from the crowd of
about 14-hundred people.

The 75-year-old is acting president while his brother Fidel recovers
from intestinal surgery.

The younger Castro repeatedly cited former remarks by his brother, but
said nothing specific about the health of the leader.

Wearing an olive green military uniform, Raul Castro, who is also the
island's defense minister, called for unity among all workers and party

More than 95 percent of the island's workers belong to the labor union.

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