An Interview with Camila Piñeiro Harnecker
In this episode of All Things Co-op, Cinar, Larry, and Kevin bring back Camila Piñeiro to discuss new legislative developments in Cuba that specifically focus on growing worker cooperatives. They briefly discuss the history of worker cooperatives in Cuba, the previous limitations on cooperatives, and the recent removal of those limitations. While US media paints recent protests in Cuba as a call for neo-liberal capitalism, Piñeiro tells us that this is really just a new phase in the "human experiment" that is Cuba's revolution. A new generation of Cubans are looking to reacquaint socialism with worker control and looking to vest that control in worker co-operatives rather than the solely in the state or party.
About our guest: Camila Piñeiro Harnecker Is professor at FLACSO-Havana’s Masters on Management and Development of Cooperatives. Previously, she was researcher, professor and consultant at the Center for the Study of the Cuban Economy at the University of Havana. Her work has focused on producer and worker cooperatives, and public policy towards the cooperative sector. She has written four books and several articles mainly on cooperatives, local development and the social and solidarity economy in Cuba.
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