So much for Raul Castro’s ‘new economic freedoms’

While the “Cuba Experts” wax poetically and the news media gushes over the so-called economic reforms of Raul Castro’s dictatorship in Cuba, reality continues to paint a different picture. The communist regime’s “labor union,” which is a euphemism for the government organization that watches over the regime’s slaves, is claiming that 80% of the island’s new private sector employees have become members.

Nearly 80% of Cuban Private Sector Workers Unionized

HAVANA – Around 80 percent of workers in Cuba’s newly expanded private sector have joined unions, Communist Party daily Granma said Friday.

Granma cited a statement by the secretary general of the island’s only legally recognized labor organization, the CTC, about the “positive work” done in 2011 to integrate Cubans who opt for self-employment.

“We represent all workers in the country equally, both state and non-state employees, with the mission of organizing them, helping with their job training and raising their political and economic awareness,” Salvador Valdes Mesa said.

According to the article, the union sectors that currently have the most self-employed workers in the private sector are retailing and food service, with more than 100,000 members, and transportation with some 60,000.

At the close of 2011 the number of self-employed was more than 358,000, and this year another 240,000 are expected to take non-state forms of employment.