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    New Sight for Cubans: Blizzard of Pink Slips

    New Sight for Cubans: Blizzard of Pink Slips
    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/08/wo...cuba.html?_r=1

    By REUTERS
    Published: October 7, 2010

    HAVANA (Reuters) — Cubans faced a harsh new reality this week — dismissal slips — as the government began paring state payrolls in a cost-cutting move that has created job insecurity for the first time in years in the Communist country.

    Workers were being laid off in countless industries, from hospitals to hotels, and in the biggest action to be made public so far, employees at a state-owned enterprise, the Special Protection Services Company, were told that the company would be shut down and 23,000 people let go.

    It was the beginning of President Raúl Castro’s plan to cut 10 percent of the government’s work force, or about 500,000 people, by April in the most significant overhaul attempted since he succeeded his older brother, Fidel Castro, in 2008.

    The layoffs, intended to improve efficiency and reduce Cuba’s budget deficits, are the first major job cuts since the 1960s. About 85 percent of the Cuban labor force works for the state, or more than five million people, many of them in unproductive jobs. The country’s population is about 11 million.
    The monthly salary of the average Cuban is 429 pesos according to the National Statistics Office (ONE). This is equivalent to $20 according to the official estimate. The lost of this modest income of $0.67 a day will have a grave impact on their daily live.

    The low salary earned at the jobs provided by the regime is not enough, and the employees have to find ways by wheeling and dealing on the black market to make ends meet. They can’t live with those low wages and the food provided in the ration book; so they are force to “resolve”, euphemism for stealing, to feed and clothes their families and survive. I believe that this “new reality” is going to be a clear step towards the inevitable failure of the regime.

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    Re: New Sight for Cubans: Blizzard of Pink Slips

    Cuba has been in the process of collapsing since Fidel came to power.

    The only reason it took this long was that for a long time Cuba was being propped during the cold was with billions from the USSR ans even now they have their hands out to Russia who promised about $350 in aid earlier this year.

    A major boom to that stagnate economy would take place if they would do whatever they had to to get our Government to lift all restrictions and go back to being a net exporter in agricultural products and Rum etc. It would help our economy too, I believe.

    The people of Cuba are not now nor have they ever been our enemies.

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    Re: New Sight for Cubans: Blizzard of Pink Slips

    Quote Originally Posted by Councilman View Post
    Cuba has been in the process of collapsing since Fidel came to power.

    The only reason it took this long was that for a long time Cuba was being propped during the cold was with billions from the USSR ans even now they have their hands out to Russia who promised about $350 in aid earlier this year.

    A major boom to that stagnate economy would take place if they would do whatever they had to to get our Government to lift all restrictions and go back to being a net exporter in agricultural products and Rum etc. It would help our economy too, I believe.

    The people of Cuba are not now nor have they ever been our enemies.
    Castro brothers’ regime is a permanent basket case, completely hopeless, unable to take care of itself. There is no decent health care for Cubans without dollars, food is scarce and now not even meager paid employment is guaranteed. They aren’t concerned about the welfare of the Cuban people.

    I think that laying off 500,000 government employees is an indication that the regime may be in the process of collapsing. Dictatorships are maintained in power by privileged elite, and when they start downsizing, they start to lose control over the people and consequently their power.

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    Re: New Sight for Cubans: Blizzard of Pink Slips

    Well, Michael Moore contends their healthcare system is superior to ours.

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    Re: New Sight for Cubans: Blizzard of Pink Slips

    Quote Originally Posted by Erod View Post
    Well, Michael Moore contends their healthcare system is superior to ours.
    To be fair.

    For those who can't afford Health Care in America he's not wrong

    (America has the best Health Care in the world... if you can afford it or your insurance company doesn't dump you off your plan for an arbitrary reason)

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    Re: New Sight for Cubans: Blizzard of Pink Slips

    The dictatorial communist regime is starting lost its grip over the Cuban people. Very soon the people will realize that they are the greatest threat to the regime power and rule. They will start flexing their muscle and all be over in the near future as the regime comes apart.

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    Re: New Sight for Cubans: Blizzard of Pink Slips

    A cording to Raúl Castro, “The Cuban government and its enterprises might have more than one million excess workers on their payrolls.” (Raúl Castro admits that Cuba has one million excess jobs - Cuba - MiamiHerald.com)

    To the total open unemployment of “more than one million,” it would be necessary to add the "hidden unemployment," kind of underemployment, and the latent one. An approximate calculus of the open, hidden and latent unemployment could surpass the number of 2.5 million people unemployed in today's Cuba.

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    Re: New Sight for Cubans: Blizzard of Pink Slips

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
    To be fair.

    For those who can't afford Health Care in America he's not wrong

    (America has the best Health Care in the world... if you can afford it or your insurance company doesn't dump you off your plan for an arbitrary reason)
    You're a South African, living in Canada. How the hell do you know?
    Quote Originally Posted by Top Cat View Post
    At least Bill saved his transgressions for grown women. Not suggesting what he did was OK. But he didn't chase 14 year olds.

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    Re: New Sight for Cubans: Blizzard of Pink Slips

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    You're a South African, living in Canada. How the hell do you know?
    A fair point.

    Are you claiming it doesn't happen?

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    Re: New Sight for Cubans: Blizzard of Pink Slips

    The Cuban official unemployment rate has steadily declined from 7.9 percent in 1995, despite the fact that in that year the Cuban Confederation of Workers (CTC) estimated that there were from 500,000 to 800,000 unneeded workers in the state sector, a surplus miraculously cut by 97 percent in 1997. Furthermore, after a modest expansion, the private sector that could generate new jobs has contracted since 2002; 219,000 sugar workers were dismissed in that year due to the restructuring of the sugar industry (Mesa-Lago and Pérez-López 2005).
    During the mid-90s equivalent unemployment fluctuated around 25-30%, according to calculations conducted by the Economic Commission of Latin America and the Caribbean (CEPAL), based on the low productivity achieved in 1989.
    Suffice it to say here that, in 2002, the government counted as “employed” 764,000 people who (1) were paid to study, (2) were dismissed from their jobs and being retrained, (3) received unemployment compensation at home because of shut down enterprises, or (4) worked part time in backyards and urban gardens. All these people equaled 16 percent of the labor force, and, because they are counted as employed, the unemployment rate was artificially cut (Mesa-Lago 2005a).” - The Cuban economy today: Salvation or Damnation? By Carmelo Mesa-Lago.
    The regime claim of the virtual achievement of full employment with a 1.6 percent unemployment rate in 2008 is a statistical fabrication, corroborated by the 500,000 starting to be lay off this year, and another 500,000 more later on.

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