|Shoveling the sand back onto the beach|
May 1st is celebrated in many countries as International Workers’ Day, commemorating the establishment, in 1886, of a legislated eight-hour work week.
However working hours in Mexico are not tightly regulated by laws, there are always ways to get around the official rules. Most office job hours run from 8am to 6pm, although working hours often go until 7pm or later. Tourism-related jobs by necessity include weekends, public holidays and frequently shifts for 24-hour staffing.
|Fallen down a rabbit hole|
The electrical company employees were assigned to replace the pole but the worker needed to clear out a bit of rubble before it would sit properly. From our upper balcony perch the visual perspective was humorous; a bit like Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland when Alice fell through a rabbit hole into a fantasy world. Fortunately he didn’t fall through the hole into a nightmare, he stayed firmly on the ground.
|Wet policeman directing traffic|
While the electrical workers battled with the pole a lonely policemen looked a bit forlorn with his thin yellow slicker rain-plastered to his body.
During an intermittent torrential downpour, he directed traffic around the electrical workers’ equipment.
The policeman stood guard on the roadway for several hours while the crane removed the old pole, and settled the new pole.
Then there was the transferring over of wires, and the restoration of electricity, all during the rainstorm.
On the other end of the weather situation searing hot days, and swelteringly humid afternoons can make for difficult conditions especially for outside workers.
We have lost count of the number of bottles of water, pop, and juice that we have handed out to labourers in and around our neighbourhood.
|New grouting for pool - hot hot day!|
Construction workers go about their daily jobs with little or no safety equipment. Hard hats and safety boots are a rarity on most work sites. The maintenance and repairmen work long hours in high temperatures, fixing and repairing houses and pools. It’s not so much that the work is hard, it’s a combination of long hours in the heat without much regard to safety that takes its toll on the human body, prematurely aging joints and spines.
|Safety equipment is a rare sight in Mexico|
It’s barely a survival salary, not allowing for balanced meals that include protein.
The more fortunate workers are usually involved with the hospitality trade of restaurants and bars, where their income is supplemented by tips from their clientele.
|Filling in after new main water line installed|
A little kindness goes a long way.
Lynda & Lawrie