Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Time and a half for OT in the Cuban workers' paradise?

Granma reports on the preparations for the Pope's visit to the Castro brothers' isla next month;
Alberto Cuéllar and Rodney Fidalgo — both proud of having worked on the podiums for the mass offered by Pope Benedict XVI and the current for Pope Francis’ visit – tell of their recent endeavors. “At seven in the morning we are here working, from Monday to Saturday for almost 12 hours in which we barely stop for lunch,” Rodney tells Granma.
Carlos Antonio Benibelis Fonseca, in charge of the works, explained that it is a serious task. “We work in two shifts. One from seven in the morning until seven at night, when the other shift arrives and works until three in the morning. It was necessary to work like this to complete the welding work, defined as the most important task.”
In his view, the workers directly involved in construction works and those involved in related tasks have shown great interest and professionalism as they recognize the importance of Pope Francis’ visit both for Cuban society and the world.
Funny there's no mention in the official Communist Party news organ, of the $15 per hour minimum wage being paid. Nor of Cuba's version of OSHA on the job sites looking after the workers' health and safety.

Well, Pope Francis is sure to address the exploitation when he finally arrives to speak to los Cubanos.
Pope Francis called Thursday for a bold cultural revolution to correct what he described as a "structurally perverse" economic system where the rich exploit the poor, turning Earth into an "immense pile of filth."

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