Recently we have posted notes about Ecuadorian workmen and the absence of rules and regulations governing those workers. (See posts about Our New Table and Rules and Regulations, who needs them?) One of our friends asked me who I felt was more happy, Ecuadorian workers without regulations or US workers with higher pay and “better” working conditions?
My answer was unequivocably in favor of the Ecuadorian way. The workmen here laugh and listen to music as they “play” at hard manual labor five and a half days a week in the hot Ecuadorian sun!
To illustrate my point I thought that I would share some photos of our friend, Nadio. Our friend Wayne asked me to contact Nadio and ask him to finish pouring the concrete on the steps leading to the beach from his home in San Clemente. I arranged to meet Nadio at Wayne’s house last Thursday morning.
Nadio got right to work manually mixing the concrete with a shovel.
Notice the bare feet and sad countenance!
The concrete is shoveled into a bucket and carried to the stairs.
This does not look like the face of the average US workman to me!
The stairs take shape and a short time later Nadio applies the finishing touches.
I should note that Nadio is a skilled “maestro” level worker who has overseen the construction of large houses in San Clemente in the past. This type of work might be considered beneath him with his skills in other cultures, but Nadio was extremely happy to have the work and to earn the $20.00 dollars for a half-day’s work.
Nadio is typical of the honest hard-working people we are blessed to live amongst here in our new home. Nadio thanked me profusely for the work and Wayne (and those that use the beach near his home) got an improved access to the beach.
Life is good in Ecuador!