Cuba Hands Over Management of Barbershops and Hair Salons to Their Employees

Cuban authorities started to hand over the management of small barbershops and beauty salons to their employees, who must pay rent and taxes but will be free to set their own prices.

The measure, which was not published before now in the office Cuban press, appears to be one more step in the slow process of economic reforms pushed by president Raul Castro who, among other actions, initiated the transfer of idle lands in usufruct to private farmers, for the first time issued annual license to private taxis, and favors a system to pay tied to performance.

According to barbers and hairdressers, the changes that start from the first of this month affect, for now, only shops with up to three chairs, while the larger ones will continue in state hands and maintain set prices.

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