Some times I am reminded that not all the folks at Lakeside are enjoying the "Paradise" that is the attraction for many ex pats,...... a low cost of living etc.
One of these occasions came to mind this week when I came upon a Peon "breaking boulders/rocks" for a house construction.
I thought this construction practice died out years ago but apparently not, welcome to Mexico in the Middle ages.
I immediately had a flash back to 50 years ago when driving on the highway to Atlanta I came across a real live Chain Gang "breaking rocks" under the supervision of 2 very big sheriff and intimidating deputies ,shotguns and dark sun glasses, just like the movies.
But I digress.
I guess my question is how and when will the real standard of living will improve for poor Mexicans.
Why does this job even exist in this day and age. Would it help if this Gringo instructed his contractor to order rocks already broken to size. But would this mean the Peon then has no work?
What do we as ex pats contribute to maintaining "slave" wages, as we "boast" the cheapness of having a Maid and Gardner etc.
Is it time for Mexico to enact a "Living Wage"