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Wal-Mart de Mexico was an aggressive and creative corrupter, offering large payoffs to get what the law otherwise prohibited, an examination by The New York Times found.
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Walmart bribed Mexico officals $52,000 to have the zoning maps redrawn before it was published in the newspapers. So when it was published it showed the allowed area drawen in for the building of the new walmart. The building created uproar from the people. They were upset from the congested traffic and created months of hunger strikes and sit ins that made Mexican media.
I think that some in Mexico oppose this project so fiercely, because by building a Walmart on their historical land, is affecting their culture and those pyramids is what represent the people from Teotihuacán. I personally feel that Walmart was acting like the big powerful institution that they are and didn’t care about a historical landmark. Walmart only agenda was to make money. I bet if it was in the United States Walmart wouldn’t even dare to build on a historical landmark. United States have laws against situation like this one.
Wal-Mart is one of the greatest stores that have been around for decades. Wal-Mart has helped many families in the United States. It is time it goes global and Mexico is a great starter point because it is close to home base and it can help the people of Mexico get jobs so violence could decrease and not have so many deaths. But I also wonder how Wal-Mart was able to expand to Mexico.
That 52k bribe really worked because Mexico really needs it. The way the Mexican economy is going anything will help. But adding a Wal-Mart might destroy the calm ness of the city because the roads are going to be more congested with all the cars going in and out of the Wal-Mart. People might have to relocate to other areas if they do not want to be part of that noise and traffic it will create.
"Some four decades after welcoming foreign assembly plants and factories, known as maquiladoras, Mexico has seen only a trickle of its industrial and factory workers join the ranks of those who even slightly resemble a middle class."
Despite making such consumer goods like BlackBerry smartphones, plasma TVs, appliances and cars that most people in the US, for instance, consider necessities, Mexican workers in these factories seldom get to enjoy these items because, as this article argues, the labor system keeps them in poverty. Foreign investment in these businesses keep unions out and attracts workers from poorer areas, allowing low-cost labor to prevail. Less than $8 a day is the going wage - great for the bottom line and consumer prices but very bleak for those who toil in this system.
Some U.S. politians complain that they can't live on $400,000 a year and these workers are living on $7.50 a day that's only $2,737.50 a year if they work every day.
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This article talks about how the maquiladora labor system dosen't provide enough money for it's workers. Many in Mexico are living in poverty and can't afford much more than dinner because of their low wages.