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Sep 13, 2010 1:00 PM by Melissa Canone

Cuba Says It Will Fire Half A Million State Workers

HAVANA (AP) - Cuba says it will fire at least half a million
state workers by mid-2011 and will free up private enterprise to
help them find new work - radically remaking employment on the
communist island.
The layoffs will start immediately and run through the first
half of next year, according to an announcement Monday by 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, to 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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