Odebrecht Facilitating Cuban Slave Labor

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
The Castro regime is a known violator of international labor conventions.

Its labor practices are in violation of the Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organize Convention, the Equal Remuneration Convention, the Discrimination (Employment and Occupation) Convention and the Labor Inspection Convention.

Despite this, Brazil's Odebrecht is helping the Castro brothers set up a "maquila" monopoly for the regime ("the Mariel Special Development Zone"), whereby foreign companies can set up manufacturing operations (in partnership with the Cuban military), in order to exploit the island's slave labor conditions.

And this is the same company that Miami-Dade County wants to keep rewarding with Cuban-American taxpayer dollars, despite the unanimous objection of Florida's legislature and the opposition of a majority of the county's voters.

From AFP:

Cuba on Tuesday unveiled rules for its first free trade manufacturing zone, a vast $900 million project being paid for mostly by Brazil in the port of Mariel near Havana.

The Mariel Special Development Zone, a major trial balloon being floated by President Raul Castro's communist government, is slated to feature manufacturing operations both for export and for the Cuban market, as well as a megaport that would take over shipping now done in Havana.

The government on Tuesday published a legal decree in the Official Gazette detailing rules for the area and its operations.

Brazilian multinational Odebrecht is handling the infrastructure on the project, and Brazil is providing $640 million in financing, with Cuba handling the rest.