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Cuba to Raise Pension Payments, Some Government Worker Salaries

Cuba's government says it will raise pension payments to retirees and increase the salaries of some government workers.

Sunday's announcement says the pay hikes will target those workers who earn the least amount of money.

A statement from the government says the increases will apply to pensioners and some employees who work in the Cuban court system.

It says other workers will have to wait for pay increases because the country "doesn't have the necessary resources at the moment."

The move comes after much speculation that pay hikes were coming. New Cuban President Raul Castro has spoken publicly about making changes to the government's salary structure.

Since taking office, Mr. Castro has instituted a series of reforms, among them authorizing Cubans to buy mobile phones and computers.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.