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Cuban Economy at a Crossroads; Cuban Labor Reorganization:
Guarantee of Efficiency, Rationality (2 posts)

1. Cuba's economy at a crossroads (Marc Frank, Financial

2. Cuban Labor Reorganization: Guarantee of Efficiency,
   Rationality (Prensa Latina)


Cuba's economy at a crossroads

by Marc Frank in Havana

Financial Times

September 12, 2010


When former Cuban president Fidel Castro quipped to American
journalist Jeffrey Goldberg this month that "the Cuban model
doesn't even work for us anymore", his comments reverberated
around the world.

Had the staunch defender of socialism and critic of
capitalism finally thrown in the towel?

Not really...

Raúl Castro, who took over from his brother as president two
years ago, has made "modernising" the Soviet-style economy
his mantra and has encouraged the state-run media and public
to take it to task.

He has leased state lands, loosened the straight jacket on
farmers buying supplies and selling produce, promised to
allow more small business and called for a move from a
system of social production and consumption to one with more
individual initiative and choice, much as Asian communist
countries did decades ago.


"My idea, as the whole world knows, is that the capitalist
system now doesn't work either for the United States or the
world, driving it from crisis to crisis, which are each time
more serious," Mr Castro said. It is impossible to know if
he was truly furious over the posting of his remark, which
contributed to his remarkable come back on the world stage
after four years of seclusion.


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Cuban Labor Reorganization: Guarantee of Efficiency,

Prensa Latina

September 14, 2010


Havana, Sep 14 (Prensa Latina) Achieving labor efficiency
and the best use of available resources to meet the
county's needs are two goals guiding the reorganization of
the workforce and its remuneration in Cuba today.

  This step is part of the renovation of the Cuban economic
  model, and the first ideas for accomplishing that were
  decided in a Council of Ministers meeting held on July 16
  and 17.

At the close of the fifth session of the 7th Legislature of
the National Assembly of People's Power on August 1,
President Raul Castro stated that a series of measures would
be taken to gradually reduce considerably inflated payrolls
in the state sector.

In the first phase, which is planned to conclude in the
first quarter of 2011, work and wages will be modified for
available and laid-off workers in a number of agencies of
the central state administration, the president said.

To achieve that objective, Cuba will eradicate paternalist
approaches that discourage the need to work for a living and
with that, reduce unproductive expenditures, which involves
egalitarian pay regardless of years of employment, a wage
guarantee for long periods for people who do not work, he

The head of State recommended creating an atmosphere of
transparency and dialogue, where opportune and transparent
information for workers predominates, and in which decisions
are agreed upon together appropriately and the required
organizational conditions are created.

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