First, I must admit that the flood of northerners into town has stressed the water resources. Water resources are overtaxed in much of the world, but, with community effort and cooperation, can usually be resolved. I believe this to be happening here.
But back to wages, which seemingly have only a remote connection to water. I cannot refute the claim that a worker at Tamarindo earns 200 pesos for 10-hour work day. 20 pesos an hour. I looked this up. The average hourly wage in Mexico - home to Carlos Slim, one of the world’s richest men - is 31.3 pesos. Factory workers fare slightly better.
Do we dare comment on the working conditions, benefits and safety standards?
There was mention of capitalism here. Like low wages and poor labour standards don't exist in communist China. It is worth noting that the probable failure of the NAFTA negotiations is the refusal of Mexico to begin bringing wage and labour standards in line with Canada and the US. Yes, the capitalist government of Mexico sets labour standards, not the sunset lover on the La Manzanilla beach.
Interesting to note that Four Seasons is owned by Bill Gates and a Saudi zillionaire whose name is too long to put here. Not just capitalists, but the true rulers of the world.
And me? I pay my local help three times a much as the Tamarindo worker. Not boasting, but is it my place to try change the system here? Think not.
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