20 UCLA L. Rev. 1177 (1972-1973)
Cuba's Ley Contra La Vagancia - The Law on Loafing

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Ian McColl Kennedy*
The Cuban government designated 1971 as the Year of Pro-
ductivity. By this gesture official recognition was given to the
fact that, to overcome some of the many economic difficulties
Cuba faces, productivity must hold the centre of the political
stage.' Newspapers, official documents, and public notices all
carried this slogan in an unceasing effort to bring home its mes-
sage to the Cuban people.2 To increase productivity, not only
must existing workers be kept diligently to their tasks, but also
those who presently are slack in their work or who simply prefer
not to work must be persuaded to integrate themselves whole-
heartedly into the work force.
The problems of low productivity, negligence at work, ab-
senteeism and parasitism (not having a job though able-bodied
and of working age) have challenged the Cuban leaders for some
time. Members of the Government have on every occasion in re-
* LL.B., London; LL.M., University of California, Berkeley. Formerly,
Sub-Dean, Tutor and Lecturer, Faculty of Laws, University College, London
University; Visiting Professor, UCLA School of Law. From September 1973,
will be Lecturer in Law, King's College, London University. The writer visited
Cuba in the summer of 1969 to study the administration of justice supported by
a Hayter Fellowship awarded by the Institute of Latin American Studies, London
University, through the kind auspices of the Director, Professor R. A. Humphreys.
He returned to Cuba in December and January, 1970-71, specifically to gain
information for the present paper. The kindness, courtesy and untiring help of
the many Cubans distracted from their work by his many questions are gratefully
1 This year that is inaugurated today has been named the Year of
Productivity-a name that emphasises the main direction of our ef-
forts in this stage, the decisive battle that we must wage in all parts of
the country . . . . The only way to meet these needs posed by our
social and economic development and our people's consumption is by
raising the productivity of work.
Editorial, Granma, Weekly Review, Jan. 10, 1971. Granma, which will be re-
ferred to constantly, is the official organ of the Cuban Communist Party and
the daily paper in Cuba.
2 See, e.g., the speech of the Head of the Commission of Revolutionary
Orientation on the crucial role of publicity and propaganda, Granma, Weekly
Review, Nov. 29, 1970.


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