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Re: Use of Local Labour

Posted by Erin on January 27, 2012, 1:24 pm, in reply to "Re: Use of Local Labour"

yes, I failed to mention that the forming is a speciality subtrade as it concrete placement. In both cases they bring special crews in to do those two tasks, this also applies in some cases to fancy and really well built palapas and cupalos. So despite ones best intention to build locally, rarely is that the case. The more complex the structure, the greater the chance that one will need outside expertise.

Prior to making our final decision as to who to choose, we visited a number of local sites and in almost every case, certain parts of the job was done by 'outsiders'. The biggest issue one has to realize, if we are to depend solely on locals (assuming the people are available), you will pay anywhere from 10 to 25% more as you are then at the mercy of a small pool to choose from. If money was no object, we would have insisted on going local, but unfortunately that was the reality our case. Remember even in Mexico, contractors embrace the concept of supply and demand.

Believe it or not, you pay a premium to find a crew who speaks English and the reality of the situation is that if you are not here on a daily basis to supervise and if you are not totally fulent in spanish, be prepared for surprises.

Despite the challenges, I am very glad to become part of the LM community and I look forward to relationships with locals

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