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Study laments productivity

A government study of about 2,000 Cuban state businesses found that 60 percent of employees came late, left early or otherwise shirked their duties, official media reported Wednesday.

The Labor Ministry analyzed 2,042 state-run companies in May and June and detected "26,622 violations of labor discipline," according to the Communist Party newspaper Granma.

Nearly half the cases involved employees who arrived late and about a fifth featured those who took too much time for lunch or other meal breaks. Leaving early was a problem 10 percent of the time, while state workers engaged in "unauthorized activities" in 5 percent of cases.

About 4 percent of the cases involved employees who simply abandoned their posts without explanation.

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