Regina Cano

One could tell from his explanation that what had happened had been a camancola (a shady deal).

Certain people at his job were implementing the Managerial Improvement Program (a kind of Cuban Taylorism).  Aided by the advantage of managing others from above, they were using this to get rid of those who either weren’t a part of their camarilla (clique) or who they simply didn’t like.

It didn’t matter that they were completely disregarding the rights of workers who did their jobs in a reliable and disciplined manner.

The person in question, a warehouse clerk, had been working for his company at an off-site facility for 10 months.   Nineteen days after being reinstated (which included 12 earned days of vacation), the provincial office did an inspection of the warehouse stock and discovered certain surpluses and shortfalls in relation to the books.

During the clerk’s absence, the warehouse’s manager had been in charge of carrying out all the tasks, but the accounting and operations responsibilities had always belonged to this boss.

Before the committee of experts who are supposed to evaluate each worker, the warehouse manager alleged (who I believe did not have clear legal standing for this) that the worker was slow in carrying out his work, something that was never before mentioned during his three previous years on the job.  Nevertheless, in closed circles he was accused of being the person responsible for what was discovered in the inspection.

In short folks, at that moment began a reign of terror, with his being attacked by supposedly trustworthy people (who were able to be transferred into other job positions, perhaps to gain what they had negotiated) and sold out by others who were later placed in positions of importance.

They employed everything from fear to confusion, leaving this young man in such a state of defenseless that it didn’t register with him that justice was based on laws and facts sustained by proof.

With the use of a simple mathematical formula, anyone could calculate that what he was accused of was impossible (he hadn’t been working there for nearly a year) and that he was not the culprit behind what was found.  But apparently his guilt was assumed to be the case by all those involved, even those outside the company – people higher up.

Cornered, the young man accepted the suggested solution as positive whereby he would just quit his lower-level position that was not slated for elimination.  Still, this raises even more doubts, because being guilty in their eyes, why would they not fire him instead of suggesting he quit?  One could speculate that they probably wanted to use his position for another “interested party.”

In the end, it’s turned out that now he’s an additional member of the unemployed in search of a job, while some scumbag leans back gloating.   ?


Regina Cano

Regina Cano: I have lived my entire life in Havana, Cuba – the island from which I’ve still never left, and which I love. I was born on September 9, and my parents chose my name out of superstition, but my mother raised me outside the religion professed by her family. I studied accounting and finance at the University of Havana, a profession that I’m not engaged in for the time being, and that I substituted for doing crafts, some ceramics, and studying a little English and about painting. Ah! – concerning my picture: I identify with Rastafarian principles, but I am not one of them. I wear this cap from time to time, but I assure you I just didn't have a better picture.

One thought on “Managerial “Improvement”

  • April 5, 2011 at 12:45 pm
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    Good article. Bureaucracy, Regina, is the same everywhere.

    In the Basque industrial cooperatives the problems of bureaucracy are effectively controlled or eliminated. This is because the workers themselves own each enterprise. Those “few” who are managers–because worker-owners manage themselves superbly and need little supervision–are co-workers who are selected by the workers. No manager is able to remain a position without the approval of co-workers.

    This is why a workable form of socialism must be based on the retention of private productive property rights. In order for workers to own the means of production cooperatively, they must have the same rights of ownership as independent entrepreneurs.

    Under either capitalism of Marxian statism choking bureaucracy and bureaucratic injustice are endemic. Under cooperative socialism bureaucracy and its injustices would be eliminated.

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