Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Cuba To Cut 500,000 Government Workers

Castro cutting jobs, but now Cubans allowed to cut hair
Cuba's communist government will lay off hundreds of thousands of workers and reduce restrictions on private enterprises to help them find work.

The Cuban Workers Federation -- the country's only trade union -- said some 500,000 jobs will be cut by early next year.

More than 85 percent of Cuba's workforce, or about 5 million people, are currently state-employed.

The plan is the most important reform undertaken since President Raul Castro took over from his brother Fidel in 2008.

The labor overhaul comes less than a week after Fidel Castro was quoted as saying Cuba's communist economy no longer works.

From: Radio Liberty

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