500,000 workers to be cut.
500,000 WORKERS TO BE CUT. Cuba says it will fire at least 500,000
state workers by mid-2011 and will free up private enterprise to help
them find new work, radically remaking employment on the island, reports
AP (Sept. 13, 2010). The layoffs will run through the first half of next
year, according to the nearly 3 million-strong Cuban Workers
Confederation, the only labor union the government tolerates. To soften
the blow, it said the government would authorize simultaneous increases
in job opportunities in the non-state sector, allowing more Cubans to
become self-employed, form cooperatives run by employees rather than
government bureaucrats and to increase private control of state land and
infrastructure through long-term leases.