After decades of denial by the Castro dictatorship, political prisoners suddenly appeared in Cuba when they were needed as bargaining chips in an effort to soften the EU’s political stance against the brutal Cuban regime. Now in similar fashion, with a need to somehow demonstrate their farcical economic reforms are actually working, the regime is claiming after decades of touting their socialist paradise that there are suddenly 310,000 “private sector” workers on the island.
Just like the political prisoners, the “private sector” workers were always there. The only difference is that before the “reforms” they were classified as counterrevolutionaries and black market criminals; now they are a viable and profitable source of tax revenue for the Cuban dictatorship. Nevertheless, this very obvious and poignant fact, which exposes the ruse being carried out by the Castro crime syndicate and its propagandists here in the U.S., will be overlooked and swept under the rug.
Cuba says 310,000 working in private sector jobs
Cuba says 310,000 people have become licensed independent workers as the government tries to lift a foundering economy by allowing some private-sector activity.
An article in Communist Party newspaper Granma says 222,000 of those are new licenses issued since October. It cites Labor Ministry statistics through April 30.
The largest group of new independent workers are in food production and sales, about 50,000. Employees of private businesses are second with 39,000.
About 14,000 have transportation licenses that let them operate taxis and the like.
Saturday’s article said the largest number of new licenses — 67,000 — were issued in Havana.
President Raul Castro launched an initiative last year to loosen state control over the economy.