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.