Some 2.6 million workers have taken part in a series of meetings to discuss a planned overhaul of the Communist-ruled island's labor laws, state media said Friday.

The process, which began in July, has completed 98 percent of the scheduled meetings with more than 67,000 assemblies for consulting union employees in the state and private sectors, even including those working outside the island.

Workers have presented more than 161,000 suggestions for modifying, eliminating or adding articles to the draft legislation.

As a result of these meetings, some 2,905 proposals have been created for study by a National Assembly commission.

"All the suggestions have been compiled and processed by dozens of municipal, provincial and national commissions made up of experts on the subjects, and by boards and officials of the union movement," Xiomara Enriquez, an official of the CTC, Cuba's only legal labor union, said.

The new proposed legislation, which would substitute the Labor Code in effect since 1985, includes provisions to accommodate the surge in self-employment spurred by the government decision to expand non-state economic activities. EFE