Cuba raises salaries of skilled workers

November 25, 2005

Miami Herald- Frances Robles

Less than a week after declaring an assault on Cuba's 'new rich,' President Fidel Castro raised salaries Wednesday, bringing total wage hikes this year to 25 percent.

Aimed largely at highly skilled professional workers, the raises appear designed to address the growing schism in Cuban society, where doctors often give up their government salaries in favor of more lucrative jobs driving taxis.

Castro addressed the new measures on state television Wednesday night, The Associated Press reported, saying the raw salary figures don't take into account the broad range of free and heavily subsidized services that Cuban workers enjoy. 'If we count everything . . . the salaries are more than $1,000,' he declared.

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