The news was well-received and came to everyone’s surprise. Pay hikes in the public sector came when people were least expecting it, and that’s because it’s the sector that mostly doesn’t produce anything. Honestly though, they had a horrible payment scheme up until yesterday, which was borderline mockery and slavery.
For example, my sister, a university graduate and Ministry of Labor and Social Security representative at a People’s Power Council, was only earning 385 Cuban pesos, just about 15 or 16 USD per month. That was what every People’s Power official earned up until today, as well as housing offices, the justice system and others, who have dedicated themselves to making life difficult for Cubans for decades, instead of helping.