A recent video by the Guardian, 'It's not fair': why Havana's taxi drviers vastly out-earn doctors looks at the difference between public sector workers and the privately employed in Cuba. The video says that the private industry (and tourism in particular) pays much better than the state, which I've heard many times before, but makes some pretty extreme claims, e.g. at the 4m11s mark:
A taxi driver can now make a doctor's monthly salary (about USD$50) in just one hour.
It explains that:
Cuba's private sector reaped the benefits [of improved relations with the USA], with private workers earning far more than state employees.
It's also suggested this is partly due to the two different currencies in Cuba, and that the difference in value (CUC being worth 24 times more than CUP) directly translates into a severe disadvantage for the public sector workers.
This doesn't seem reasonable: If public sector workers are paid in CUP, why are their salaries not in a range that accurately reflects the 24-times-weaker factor? If they really are paid abysmally low wages why are they staying in their jobs? Do they get food stamps etc, or are they even forced to stay in the public sector?
Do taxi drivers often get paid the equivalent of doctor's salary in an hour?