Inflated Payrolls

cosas_grandes-copyIn a seemingly never ending cycle there are frequent announcements of remedies that will invigorate our economy. This time it is called, “Ending the inflated payrolls,” although from the perspective of those who will be left without jobs it can be summarized in one word: unemployment. Lengthy reports on TV show that the problem of inefficiency is caused by the excess of personnel in offices, factories and even hospitals. Each workday must contain enough work to avoid idleness, they tell us on the news, as if such an elemental formula had just been discovered in the last couple of weeks.

Some economists warn that sending home all the excess workers could make the unemployment figures soar to more than 25%. One in four workers would be laid off in order to clean up the bloated payrolls, as the country has no liquidity to keep on paying idle hands. Such a high number of unemployed would imply an increase in social unrest, hundreds of thousands of people released to take up illegal occupations, and finally the trick of creating underemployment as a way of adulterating the employment statistics. I would like to investigate what will happen in those government departments, swarming with bureaucrats, or what will happen with the engorged list of those who work for State Security. Will they also be downsizing? Seeing the growing number of plainclothes police who roam the streets, I think they should start with them to eliminate so much excess. For reasons of image, those left outside will not be called unemployed but rather something subtle – as already happens at other times – such as “surplus” or “idled.”

A few days after the May Day celebration, many Cubans are at risk of losing their jobs. However, I am sure that we will not see, in the parade from the Plaza, a single sign displaying discontent or criticism about the layoffs. The president of the Cuban Confederation of Workers himself said that the gathering of the workers will be to reaffirm their support for the process and to criticize the so-called media campaign against Cuba. The only legal labor union in the country shows its status as a transmitter of directions from the powers-that-be to the workers, but it does not carry demands in the other direction. We will see them pass in front of the podium, on the point of losing their jobs, but carrying banners repudiating the European Union or the United States. No one will be able to make this day one of real complaint, a meeting to demand from the great patron called The State that it not leave them in the street.


67 thoughts on “Inflated Payrolls

  1. You think capitalism is good huh? Lol. Wait till you’ve had a taste of debt ridden consumerism and are valued only for the profit you can earn your boss. You have no idea what you are playing with lady.

    Oh, and here’s hoping you like the legacy of a dying planet, capitalism is leaving your kids.

  2. Consider as well the possibility of you being the one thinking & acting in a vaccum while it is likely more people than not … is not.

  3. How you arrived at the conclusion of thinking & acting in a vacuum while I agree w/the point of theories however I am can’t in all honesty claim to speak for humanity and account (in my limited knowledge) for all the results that never happened … from a vaccum.
    Regardless, while your opinion is valued I do not agree w/your assesment & qualification of my preferences, however subtle …”sounds” like a put down.
    Perhaps if I may suggest a little research into the percentage of Cubans among the minorities of the world including the US ?
    While doing so if you so choose, you may want to look into answering some of the “little questions” still left up in the air … …

  4. #62 – you seem to prefer to think and act in a vaccum. I do not think you’ll win people over to your side that way, because humanity understands that NOTHING has resulted from a vaccum. That’s probably why so many scientific theories remain “theories” until the “missing links” are concretely stablished, not inferred, assumed, deduced from the imagination, etc. Even Albert Eisntein’s theories remain just that, despite the enormous and effective use of his formulas.

  5. Usted es una inspiración para todos los cubanos, ya todas las personas reprimidas por el comunismo y los estados totalitarios. Soy un “Generación Z” cubano residente en Miami, y quiero darle las gracias por lo que está haciendo, porque me da la esperanza de que el paisaje de otro modo comunista de Cuba se convertirá en lo que debería ser, un estado democrático y libre. Cuba Libre, eso es lo que se están extendiendo, y es increíble lo que se han sacrificado por lo que creo que es correcto. No importa qué, mantenga propagación de la libertad en Cuba, es justo lo que necesita.

    Gracias, Christian Brödermann

  6. Rehashing history to justify the actions of today … wilst there was a lot of wrongs done in the past, things have changed.
    What intrigues me is the following:
    there is no time frame when the finger pointing is used to justify the rebolution & everything it was “done” to its existence but there is no time frame when the rebolution needs to “prove/tout” its acomplishments.
    The name Miami maffia is liberally used & the people it refers to is wildy crtitizised yet the money sent by the maffiosi while taxed is more than welcome in paradise.
    The Miami maffia is always mentioned as one of the reasons the blockade still exists perhaps implying their “great political power” when in reality cubans are but a minority of latinos living in the US.
    The people in the US have more important things to worry/care about than the cuban plight.
    I can’t figure out for the life of me what makes Cuba of so much value for the “powers that be” to generate such controversy?
    Aside from the great value cubans represent.
    Greed? what is there of permanent value … oil? there is oil all around & to the north of the territorial US.
    Minerals? not in quantities justifiying massive exploitation … what else is there?
    So greed may not be the underliying reason …
    Symbol? of a failed economy as well as failed society who’s only mayor acomplishments are in the are of health & education?
    Still, I can figure it out … what is the strategic value of Cuba?
    The 5 are not in the same time frame as Carriles …

  7. Not too long ago Gloria sand at the USilitary base in Guantanamo Cuba and referred to the base as the only “free” place in Cuba. Her father was one of Batista’s bodyguards and died from agent orange sprayed by US forces during the Viet Nam war. Did she ask the President to extradite Posada Carriles, so that he could be tried for crimes against humanity? Oh! That’s right! He was marching in her parade and had acces to the exclusive platform. Did she ask for justice for the Cuban 5 who risked everything to protect innocent civilians from terrorists like Posada Carriles?

  8. “The Cuban official unemployment rate has steadily declined from 7.9 percent in 1995, despite the fact that in that year the Cuban Confederation of Workers (CTC) estimated that there were from 500,000 to 800,000 unneeded workers in the state sector, a surplus miraculously cut by 97 percent in 1997. Furthermore, after a modest expansion, the private sector that could generate new jobs has contracted since 2002; 219,000 sugar workers were dismissed in that year due to the restructuring of the sugar industry (Mesa-Lago and Pérez-López 2005).

    Suffice it to say here that, in 2002, the government counted as “employed” 764,000 people who (1) were paid to study, (2) were dismissed from their jobs and being retrained, (3) received unemployment compensation at home because of shut down enterprises, or (4) worked part time in backyards and urban gardens. All these people equaled 16 percent of the labor force, and, because they are counted as employed, the unemployment rate was artificially cut (Mesa-Lago 2005a).” – The Cuban economy today: Salvation or Damnation? By Carmelo Mesa-Lago.

    The regime claim of the virtual achievement of full employment with a 1.6 percent unemployment rate in 2008, is a statistical fabrication.

    According to Raúl Castro, “The Cuban government and its enterprises might have more than one million excess workers on their payrolls.” To the total open unemployment of “more than one million,” it would be necessary to add the “hidden unemployment,” kind of underemployment, and the latent one.

    We are talking of the enormous military and repressive apparatus, of the bloated government bureaucracy and the Cuban communist party. An approximate calculus of the open, hidden and latent unemployment could surpass the number of 2.5 million people unemployed in today’s Cuba.

  9. The Cuba unemployment rates in % were: 1989- 7.9; 1998 – 6.6; 2000 – 5.9; 2002 – 3.3; 2004 – 1.9; 2007 – 1.9, and in 2008 – 1.6. Since 2004 the unemployment rate has been the lowest in the world.

    This unemployment rates are based in the figures provided by Castro brothers regime. During the mid-90s equivalent unemployment fluctuated around 25-30%, according to calculations conducted by the Economic Commission of Latin America and the Caribbean (CEPAL), based on the low productivity achieved in 1989.

    The official figures of those years are simply incredible. Such miraculous results of creating jobs without new investments, of which no evidence is found in any other country in the world, induce to doubt the veracity of official figures outlined in documents of the Castros regime.

  10. REUTERS: Gloria Estefan seeks Obama help for Cuba dissidents-Fri Apr 16, 2010

    Estefan and her musical entrepreneur husband Emilio Estefan hosted a cocktail reception at their Miami home for Obama on Thursday evening, the first of two Democratic Party fundraisers he attended during a visit to Florida.
    During the reception, Obama was given a letter from the mother of Cuban dissident Orlando Zapata Tamayo, who died on February 23 after an 85-day hunger strike to protest prison conditions in Cuba, participants in the event said.

    Local media reported Obama was also given a letter from another Cuban dissident hunger striker, Guillermo Farinas, who is seeking the release of ailing political prisoners. The president also viewed photographs of mothers and wives of jailed Cuban dissidents, known as the Ladies in White, being harassed in Havana by Cuban security agents and pro-government militants, local media said.

    Zapata’s death and the subsequent incidents involving Cuban dissidents in recent weeks have triggered international criticism of Cuban President Raul Castro’s government, including a stern denunciation last month from Obama.

    But Castro, who took over the Cuban presidency from his ailing elder brother Fidel in 2008, has rejected the pressure for political change and for the release of dissidents, saying his government will not submit to “blackmail.”

    Cuban authorities routinely portray internal opponents as “mercenaries” and “traitors” in the pay of the United States and describe Miami as a center of U.S.-backed “counter-revolution” and hostility against communist rule.


    In her words welcoming Obama and other guests at her home, Estefan referred to an “oppressive government” in Cuba, which she called “the country where I was born, a place where hope and freedom only live in history, not in the present.”

    The reception was closed to media, but local TV networks showed photographs of Obama viewing photographs of the Cuban dissident “Ladies in White” at the Estefan home.

    The speech by Estefan, whose father fought in the failed 1961 U.S.-backed Bay of Pigs invasion against Cuba by Cuban exiles, was published on Friday by the Miami Herald.

    At a second Democratic fundraising event in Miami later on Thursday, Obama spoke publicly and reaffirmed U.S. support for earthquake-hit Haiti, but did not refer to Cuba in the speech.

    After taking office early last year, Obama said he wanted to attempt a “new beginning” to improve U.S.-Cuban ties, and he eased restrictions on Cuban-American family visits and money remittances to Cuba in a slight relaxation of the longstanding U.S. trade embargo against the island.

    But he also called on the Cuban leadership to reciprocate by improving human rights and political freedom.

    Hopes for a Havana-Washington thaw have faded however following the arrest in Cuba in December of a U.S. contractor accused of illegally distributing telecommunications equipment and jailed dissident Zapata’s death in February.

    Some members of Miami’s Cuban-American community, a traditional Republican stronghold, had criticized the Democratic fundraiser hosted by Estefan. But she parried this criticism by saying it was an opportunity to “get the ear” of the president to talk to him about the situation in Cuba.

    (Editing by Eric Beech)

  11. The regime always presents anyone that opposes their point of view as enemy of Cuba when in reality they are just seeking a different type of solutions to the problems they face in Cuba. A solution that is different from that one offered by the ruling class!

    A solution that may potential lead to this ruling class loosing power.
    So the whole problem here is not one of enemies of Cuba but of loosing control and power for the actual ruling class!

  12. Here is a suggestion to Raul and whomever produces the round table

    Allow Yoani and some others to participate in a real round table. One side this group of Cubans that will love to solve the Cuban problems maybe with a different perspective than that of the ruling class in Cuba and the other side represented by the people that defend the point of view of the regime’s ruling class.

    I think that will definitely make this round table a very interesting program to see.

  13. The paws of the regime at all over the interview it is so obvious.
    Including the later manipulation on the round table.
    Why did the round table not interview her directly? Instead of getting second hand he say she say?

    The regime is amazing!

  14. Julio #43

    I believe a better word for Yoani’s meaning when she says “Qué casualidad!” would be “What a coincidence!” as in saying that this was prearranged and manipulated by the Castro regime…

  15. Lynne Dion

    Here is the question you made that induce me to believe you like to see her in prison

    “There is another question :how come you are free to give interviews ?”

    That is why I reply if you think she should be in prison for speaking her mind.
    Yes Salim Lamrani is not Cuban would you agree with me that is not casual?

    Why was she not interview on the round table herself and directly and let her talk to all the Cuban people?

    .So, you suggest that the blog is only for Cubans and the interviews only with Cubans.

    Where did I say that?

    What I said is that they do not want to give credibility and legitimatize to Yoani when they use a foreign pawn to do something that should have been done by the Cuban press. Why does the Cuban press distort news without the right to let the other party reply with answers to questions?

    I was one of them I have the right because I have few that spoke for me when I was there I hope I can speak about the many like me that are there. You can speak about the many like you that could be there too. So I see no problem with that. Even if you are not Cuban.

    This site says nothing about been for only Cubans.

    I agree that other third world countries do have lots of problems but this one is about Cuba not all the third world countries or the US.
    Many here try to derail the topics. To be clear this site is about analyzing Cuba’s problem. Yes they maybe similar to the problems in other countries. I remember one Pakistani girl that used to post here that will pointed some of the Cuban problems are problems in her country too.
    Nobody police her or she does not face prison for saying so in Pakistan.

    How could you possibly solve any problem if you keep ignoring them or hiding them?

    Problems need to be shown instead of the rosy fiction I shown in articles from Granma I show below. A classic of communist propaganda machinery.

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