CUBA NEWS
July 21, 2003

FROM CUBA
No cash for Cuban pensioners

HAVANA, July 17 (www.cubanet.org) - Thousands of retirees in the Plaza municipality of Havana have been collecting their retirement pay as many as three days late because of lack of cash at the post offices that are supposed to pay them.

Most recently, the victims charged, the zone 4 post office at the intersection of Línea and Paseo Streets, in the Vedado district, did not have the cash to pay everyone assigned to that location until June 15.

The amount of retirement pay is generally between 90 and 100 pesos, or about four dollars a month.

The same thing happened this month at the post office at the corner of 23 and 12 Streets, also in Vedado. Employees there explained that the administrator had not gone to the bank to pick up the money to pay pensioners.

There are more than 1,600,000 people over 60, the official retirement age, in Cuba. Plaza is the municipality with the largest number of them in the country.


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