Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Raul Castro to Unions: Ditch the Commie Views or You will Drive Cuba Off the Cliff

Cuban President Raul Castro told unionists to accept layoffs and reforms that open the way for private enterprise as necessary for the survival of socialism, reports Bloomberg.

“To defend and explain these measures, the working class must learn and be convinced of their importance for the survival of the revolution,” Castro said in an address to the Central de Trabajadores de Cuba, the only union recognized by the Communist Party. “Otherwise we will fall off the cliff.”

Castro’s speech was published in the party newspaper Granma as Cuba prepares to dismiss 500,000 state workers by March, affecting 10 percent of the workforce.

Castro has obviously decided to follow the China model of talking socialism, but introducing freer markets.

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