Re: Manufacturing Capacity Loss and Job Loss...
Originally Posted by scooby074
There is enough truth to what you say that people should look very closely.
I personally, in the past, would write up a lot of environmental paperwork for Mexico. It's a lot worse now so we hire specialists to do all the write-ups from reclamation to reforestation. (In a desert climate -- no less!) In a tropical climate in Latin America you have to create the plan fast -- or everything is overgrown before you can finish the plan -- so you have to throw it out and do it again. Go figger!
Even for a drill program which is very low impact we often fill several two inch binders with all the paperwork and permits.
I suspect the Southern States may be taking most of the work these days. I also suspect that many people in the deep south fall on their knees and cry when they get a job -- even $10-$20 an hour. It's a matter of perspective.
Mexicans are watching Canadian companies come south set up plants and ship everything from Avocados and fruit juice and manufactured goods back to Canada. They too wonder if they are giving away their country. Many of their trained engineers take jobs in these plants as low level technicians or skilled assembly workers... it's what they can get. My next door neighbor in the west coast office is a trained electrical engineer. His family scraped together enough bucks for him to open a shrimp farm. He does ok now. He is a great resource on where to find the exotic chemicals and surfactants we use for test mining...
As for limited employee protection... maybe if we ever see another big project we should ask if you want to take on the job of dealing with say, Mexican employee protection plans and officers. You might find it interesting -- I know I did.
Things there -- are like they are here. People lose their jobs due to plant closures -- and are happy to get odd jobs or a street sweeping gig...
A different viewpoint I know.
Take it for what you think it is worth....
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