Mexico's minimum wage is one of the lowest in Latin America

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Mexico has one of the lowest minimum wage in Latin America, it does not guarantee decent living conditions for workers and violates human rights. In contrast, there are Mexican businessmen who are among the richest in the world, said Dr. Oscar Felipe García, coordinator of the Program Human Capital and Social Innovation University Center for Economic and Administrative Sciences (CUCEA) of the University of Guadalajara, who gave a lecture "Mental health and productivity" in the classroom multipurpose Public Library "Juan José Arreola".

There are countries like Colombia, Brazil, Peru, in addition to South Africa, which have higher wages than in Mexico, because we do not guarantee optimal living conditions even a person. It must be revised to increase to more than double.

"We cannot be content with saying that we are productive and we have great entrepreneurs, because wages have, on occasion, under conditions of poverty and exploitation that are not worthy and violate the Constitution and international covenants on the right to work."

The minimum wage in Mexico may generate, the recipient, a sense of hopelessness, exhaustion and helplessness. He stressed that there are jobs which exploit people, do not guarantee social security and it is not entitled to a day off. "That, besides being unworthy, can end up creating problems in the mental health and impact negatively on the ability of each person to feel good about herself."

Felipe Garcia added that in the country people invest up to 80% of their time at work, but labor does not guarantee eight hours many Mexicans have a decent life. They have to have two incomes, and working up to 12, 16 or more hours to achieve it. Sometimes they are working all family members to get a livelihood.

He noted that in Mexico many people work for hours under very flexible contracts. This phenomenon is growing in Latin America level. He added that public policy must be generated requiring the regulation and enforcement of guarantees aimed at decent working conditions.

Text: Martha Eva Loera

Photography: Norma Ruiz