“El periódico ha de estar siempre como los correos antiguos, con el caballo enjaezado, la fusta en la mano y la espuela en el tacón.  Debe desobedecer los apetitos del bien personal y atender imparcialmente al bien público”.
José Martí
 

Wages at the Kempinski Luxury Hotel in Havana

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The recently opened Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski, Cuba’s most luxurious and expensive hotel with rooms up to US $1300, pays its cleaning staff US $9.75 a month (in local currency) plus a US $10 stimulus in hard currency.

An employee told us that in total she receives less than $20 a month, several dollars below the national average wage.

The situation has caused several of the employees to quit their jobs causing instability of trained personnel. This creates difficulties for the foreign administration, which would be willing to increase wages if the Cuban government would allow it.

The recently opened hotel made the news during its construction phase over hiring hundreds of skilled construction workers from India to speed up the conclusion of the building. They made US $1,600 a month [plus expenses], 20 times more than what was paid to their Cuban counterparts [who were let go].

Translation: Havana Times

About Fernando Ravsberg

Nacido en Uruguay, corresponsal de Público en Cuba y profesor del post grado de “Información internacional y países del Sur” de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Fue periodista de BBC Mundo, Telemundo de EEUU, Radio Nacional de Suecia y TV Azteca de México. Autor de 3 libros, El Rompecabezas Cubano, Reportajes de Guerra y Retratos.

 
 

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