Lázaro Peña González died on March 11, 1974 and it was Fidel Castro himself who was in charge of the dueling farewell of the beloved union leader: “It was useless to beg him to moderate his efforts and take care of his health. It was the only thing in which this modest, docile and disciplined militant disregarded the prayers of his companions and the exhortations of his Party (…) We do not come properly to bury a dead person, we come to deposit a seed “.
His unwavering spirit of struggle persists and goes to each worker group that receives the Banner XXI Congress of the Central Workers of Cuba, which travels the country to reach the Convention Palace, Havana, where he will preside over the final sessions of the meeting of the Cuban workers.
Lázaro Peña suffered persecution, jail and exile for his communist and advanced ideas, he was the founder of the CTC, the Confederation of Workers of Latin America and the Caribbean and the World Federation of Trade Unions, an international organization in which he held one of its vice-presidencies. .
The Cuban trade union movement suffered a severe blow with the death of the courageous, brave and prominent trade unionist, after the celebration of the historic XIII Congress of the Central Workers of Cuba.
When he was only 18 years old he joined the nascent Cuban Communist Party and in 1934 he was elected member of its Central Committee, general secretary of the Tobacco Union and member of the Executive Committee of the National Workers’ Confederation of Cuba.
He participated actively in the revolutionary general strike of March 1935, the last great action of the Revolution of the 1930s, and for his ideals he suffered imprisonment. Already in freedom, he was the main architect in the creation of the Confederation of Workers of Cuba (CTC), born on January 28th , 1939 and from which his Secretary General was elected.
His contemporaries knew of its firmness and verticality of principles. As a combatant he faced designs of imperial powers and the exploiting oligarchies of the day, including the fight against mujalismo, which undermined the Cuban labor movement after 1947.
At the triumph of the Revolution he rejoined as a simple soldier to the work of the trade union movement.
In 1961, when the 11th Congress of the Workers’ Confederation of Cuba was held, he became the general secretary, a post he held until 1966. He was also a member of the new Central Committee of the PCC from its constitution in 1965 until his death.
The leader emerged from the masses always had an outstanding intelligence and excellent qualities as a communicator. In addition, for his revolutionary history and organizational capacity was appointed, at the beginning of 1973, head of the Department of Mass Organizations in the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba
.The illness that took him to the grave on March 11, 1974, could not diminish his willingness to work, his dedication and enthusiasm until his last minute. The country and the workers remember its decisive contribution to the XIII Congress of the CTC, the last one that it presided over.