"The increase will raise the minimum salary from 100 pesos to 225 pesos," the Cuban leader said.This means you could out-earn what the average Cuban earns in a month by working very little:
Castro said this would raise the average monthly wage in Cuba to 312 pesos ($14.20) from 282 pesos ($12.80) at a cost to the government of $48.4 million.
Cubans welcomed the raises, but said it was still too little to live on. Rent and public services are heavily subsidized in Cuba, but essential consumer goods are more expensive than in the United States.
United States: 2 hours, 46 minutes.
Australia: 1 hour, 29 minutes.
And I could go on, but you get the picture. The majority of Cubans live on less than US$14.20, or AU$18.20 a month - a figure that could be doubled (or quadrupled depending on your definition) and still be classified as extreme poverty. The average Victorian earns more than 240 times more than the average Cuban.
But at least those Cubans can enjoy free healthcare. Not to mention their freedoms, especially on the internet. Exactly what is it that radical leftists love so much about Cuba?
(Cross-posted to The House Of Wheels.)