One million four hundred thousand employees are being displaced as part of a process initiated in October 2011. The government is proposing “self-employed activities” as a solution to the problem of unemployment, affecting over a million people, and its economic consequences. The recent economic measures taken by Raúl Castro’s government have raised a great deal of concern in the country, where the price of food is not coming down and the subsidies allocated through the ration card are being cut.
The Central de Trabajadores de Cuba (CTC) is still the only organisation representing workers. Independent unions cannot be formed and the exercise of labour rights is restricted.