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Cuban trade unions “guarantors” of the elimination of 500.000 state jobs

Posted in News and Articles, Political Risk by politicalrisklatam on January 6, 2011

by Merco Press News, January 6th, 2011.

Layoffs planned to eliminate some 500,000 state jobs in Cuba this year got underway this week, according to the island’s only legal workers’ organization. The official weekly Trabajadores cited a speech by CTC chief Salvador Valdes in the eastern province of Holguin, in which he said it was the union’s responsibility to “be the guarantor” of the process of labour reorganization.

Valdes said that while this is “an administrative process,” the union must keep watch to make sure it complies with what has been established for each step of the process to reduce state labour rolls.

The Cuban government estimates that in 2011 it will definitively eliminate 146,000 state jobs, while some 351,000 employees adapting to other forms of independent employment as part of a program of reforms and austerity measures. Of those 351,000, at least 100,000 will enter the field of self-employment, according to official estimates.

The draconian decision implemented by the government run unions follows on the historic speech of President Raul Castro who warned that “either we reform, or we go over the cliff and it’s the end of the revolution” (continue reading… )


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