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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.
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Date:Oct 1, 2010
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