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Central de Trabajadores de Cuba, Cuba

Cuba Workers Central

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Central de Trabajadores de Cuba

The CTC (Central de Trabajadores de Cuba, Cuba Workers Central) gathers several labor unions regarding each economic sector, such as the Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores de las Comunicaciones, la Informática y la Electrónica (National Union of Communications, Information and Electronics Workers), the SNTA (Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores Azucareros, (National Union of Sugar Cane Workers) or the SNTC (Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores de las Ciencias, National Union of Scientists) (official website), 19 in total (as of 2006, according to this page). 
It was established in 1961 as CNOC (Confederación Nacional Obrera de Cuba, National Labor Confederation of Cuba), after the Cuban Revolution, but it has its roots as early as 1933."
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The CTC awards the "Vanguardia Nacional" (National Vanguard) flag meeting several criteria, and it applies to economy sectors such as a small productive unit, called UBPC (Unidad Básica de Producción Cooperativa, Cooperative Basic Production Unit) as well as government oriented services, such as meteorological associations and even collective productive entrepreneur oriented associations, called UEB (Unidad Empresarial Base, Basic Entrepreneur Unit). (Bear in mind that Cuba does not have a market economy, there is no private property, so ther are no companies as the basic productive unit, but rather communal associations called cooperatives).

Once the flag is awarded, to an individual or to a "colectivo" (collective) (an informal term to denote an association), the person and or organization that receives the award acquires the condition of "Vanguardia", since it is an award that grants a status and is given annually. Hence, it is not ratified nor it is lost.

The flag is a red horizontal flag with the word "Colectivo" (Collective) on top, in the middle featuring a logo which is the bust of Jesús Menendez a sugar cane labor union member, and on the bottom it reads "Vanguardia Nacional" (National Vanguard) as seen here.
The "Vanguardia Nacional" flag had already been reported barely explained and labelled as "Other Communist Flags".

The CTC flag consists of the logo on a red horizontal flag, as seen here.
The CTC flag itself is also used as an award intended for the same scope of organizations as the "Vanguardia Nacional" flag award.

The CTC also has Congress flags, regarding their meetings, like the ( XVIIth Congress - flag on the top), XIXth Congress and the XXth Congress flag which features the XXth Congress logo on a
red horizontal flag. The Congress is held every five years.

For additional information go to CTC (official websites, but currently down)  (accessible through*/ )
Esteban Rivera, 21 October 2015

Proeza Laboral

image by Ivan Sache, 15 November 2020

The Proeza Laboral (Work Feat) flag is granted by the CTC to "production centers and working collectives whose commitment has a knock-on effect on Cuban economy and society".

The flag is blue with the writing "FORZA LABORAL", arranged on two horizontal lines.

Ivan Sache, 15 November 2020