The official weekly of Cuba's sole legal labor union criticized Monday the lack of "transparency and fairness" in the plan to slash state payrolls on the Communist-ruled island as part of a 3-year-old program of economic reforms.

Among other complaints, the CTC's Trabajadores publication slammed the labor movement's "lack of a leading role" in a matter of such importance to workers.

"The general perception is that the transparency required by the established mechanisms does not always prevail," the article said.

As an example, it cites "flagrant violations" in declaring workers "available" - a Cuban euphemism for laid off - due to administrative errors and the fact that "union leaders were not present to combat the bad procedures."

At the same time it criticized the failure of union officials to show up for scheduled meetings with officials of the Labor and Social Security Ministry to analyze the course of the layoffs.

The CTC weekly said that some workplaces were found to have a "greater quantity" of layoffs than the number recommended by the Economy and Planning Ministry.

Up to the third quarter of 2013, some 4.9 million workers were integrated in the state economy, the publication said.

Last year there were 39 instances of staff reductions, and up to now, 52 percent of those declared "available" have been able to obtain a new position, according to CTC figures.

The Cuban government announced the gradual elimination of some 500,000 state jobs between 2011 and 2015 as part of the economic adjustments to "modernize" the socialist model of the island.

To compensate for this measure, the opportunities for self-employment and small businesses were expanded. EFE