HAVANA TIMES, Sept. 13 — The Cuban government will begin a program of massive layoffs in the huge public sector of the economy by reducing a half million jobs in the first three months of 2011, announced the Cuban Workers Federation (CTC), reported IPS on Monday.
The layoffs are part of a plan to “update” the Cuban economic model and plans for the economy for the 2011-2015 period, says the CTC. Cuba has a total population of 11.2 million inhabitants.
When the government-controlled Cuban media reports on layoffs in capitalist countries they are routinely described as inhumane measures to benefit the profitability of businesses as well as demonstrating the incapacity of the system to guarantee employment for all workers.
Now, in presenting the massive layoff program in the local press, it is reported as something positive for the country’s socialist system burdened by a surplus of workers in the giant State sector.
The half million workers to lose their jobs will be offered employment in agriculture or construction, said the union.
Those not interested will have the option of self-employment or joining another private initiative such as cooperatives. The details on how the self employment options and cooperatives will be allowed to operate have yet to be announced.