Interesting article on Mexico News Daily here.

This was my comment:

“Having shopped at Walmart in Canada for many years I was pleasantly surprised to see the Walmart when I first arrived here in Ajijic. Living in Panama and Ecuador before there were no such “big box” stores which meant you paid a fortune for imported products. I still can’t believe I paid $15 US for a bottle of Heinz ketchup, my favorite.

What I was not happy to discover was how absurdly low workers at Walmart were being paid. Someone told to me that they only earned 300 pesos a day and I had no idea how they could support themselves or their families on such a low wage. I questioned this with a manager at the store and his reply was, “Oh no, señor. That is not correct.” I was pleased until he followed that with, “only senior staff make that much.” Seriously?

Walmart makes billions, apparently off the backs of their poorly paid workers. Walmart would do well to pay attention to what happened to the richest man in the world, Jeff Bezo, with Amazon in the US. Under increasing public pressure he raised the minimum wage to $15 an hour, more than twice the US minimum wage. Maybe that was because he makes more than four MILLION dollars an hour himself?

High time for Walmart to do the same here in Mexico. Try being a good corporate citizen for a change by paying your workers fairly. Let’s start at 2,000 pesos for an eight-hour shift. Then add health and medical benefits in accordance with the President’s new national healthcare plan. Treat your employees with the dignity and respect they so richly deserve.”

This deplorable situation would never be tolerated in the US or Canada, so why here in Mexico? Time for change. Hopefully, the planned strike will force Walmart to smarten up and pay their employees properly. Maybe it’s also time to boycott Walmart?