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Cuba to cut a million public jobs

Cuba has announced radical plans to lay off huge numbers of state employees, to help revive the country's struggling economy.

The Cuban labour federation said more than a million workers would lose their jobs - half of them by March next year.

Cuba's communist government currently controls almost all aspects of the country's economy and employs about 85% of the official workforce, which is put at 5.1 million people. As many as one-in-five of all workers could lose their jobs.

Andy Gallacher assesses the impact of the plans.

  • 14 Sep 2010
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