Raul Castro warns Cuba of widespread job cuts

President Raul Castro startled Cuba by saying about one in five Cuban workers may have to be made redundant.

Facing a severe budget deficit, the government hinted at restructuring or trimming its bloated work force.

Such talk is causing tension, however, in a country where guaranteed employment was a building block of the 1959 revolution that swept Fidel Castro to power.

Details are sketchy on how and when such pruning would take place.

Raul Castro warned however that “hundreds of thousands of unnecessary workers” may have to go.

Cuba’s work force totals 5.1 million, in a population of 11.2 million.

More in this Section

Coronavirus outbreak ‘could last for months’Coronavirus outbreak ‘could last for months’

French energy giant Total faces legal action over climate policyFrench energy giant Total faces legal action over climate policy

Hong Kong train services to mainland China to cease amid coronavirus outbreakHong Kong train services to mainland China to cease amid coronavirus outbreak

Face mask manufacturers face a surge in demand after coronavirus outbreakFace mask manufacturers face a surge in demand after coronavirus outbreak


Lifestyle

The benefits of cutting down on booze can last way beyond the new year. Lauren Taylor finds out more about strategies to help make the change stick.Beyond Dry January: Is it time to reassess our relationship with alcohol in the longer term?

More From The Irish Examiner