So how is a cab driver is earning more than a doctor in Cuba? It does sound funny, doesn’t it? Well when Fidel Castro was having dictatorship In Cuba, he terminated all the private sector. That means that private sector was finished, finished means 0%. From a huge multi-million company to private Street shop, all were now under control of the government. Fidel Castro thought that by terminating private sector and bringing it under control of government will help the country’s economy but, things didn’t get that simple.
At that time, Cuba was getting its supplies from USSR. The bond between Cuba and USSR at that time was very strong, history witnesses. Now, this affected a lot the people of the nation, Fidel Castro now turned his desirable rate on everything, from a car to common bread, everything was now under the decision of Castro. He believed that by doing this and converting everyone as employees of the country can bring unity but of course, he was wrong. He tried to set a particular salary for everyone throughout the country. So, people worked at places but were completely given wage. People can have higher or lower post but they can’t be ‘owner’ of that particular area. decades passed, USSR felt apart. Now Cuba was not getting any supplies and resources from USSR. This was a breaking point for the country. From this, Cuba’s economy started falling apart. The Cuban government was familiar that now changes had to be made. So in the early 21st century, they started privatizing. They started giving license for little various small occupations like Streetside restaurant, cab drivers etc. As we all know that Cuba is having huge tourism. This brings that there is also huge demand in tourist-related occupations like cab drivers and Street food carts. Now, licence for these services sectors was in huge demand.
Turnover- now cab drivers can ask for as many dollars as much as they want. That doesn’t mean that they will ask for billion dollars but yes they can ask like as much as they think that tourist will be happy to pay. Now, this would be probably more than doctors. Same for a small restaurant, they enjoyed labeling their desired value for there meal in menus. Whereas the doctors are still under government’s controlled salary which is not satisfactory. Same is happening with engineers, architect, accounts etc. It means that most of the blue collar jobs are now privatized and most of the white collar jobs are still under control of government fixed salary system. the government also owns restaurants but they are not that active, they have very fewer supplies and have more chefs than customers because the supplies that need to cook food are limited and only a few dishes can be made out of it.where on the other hand, private restaurants have more interactive food which attracts customers. Also, people who are working under government don’t really take their job seriously, exceptions are there but they usually don’t take their job seriously because they know that whether they will work with the spirit or not, they will be still paid same.
This is making white-collar employees get converted into blue-collar employees. Of course! Over there they can get Their desired and satisfactory salary which they are not getting in white collar sector.It’s sad to see that a country which is having one of the highest literacy rate(99.8%) is going through this. It won’t take a genius to recognize that maybe Cuba is suffering through one of the major economic crises, as what could be the worse than the someone who is qualified to be a doctor had to be a cab driver just because he is earning more.
At last, this only means that from this the country’s economy will go down but won’t rise. The government needs to take some urgent concern over it or we all know what can happen next.