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Sat Jun 13, 2015, 12:55 AM

 

Capitalism: "When I lost my hands making flatscreens I can't afford, nobody would help me"



...Working six days a week, I made 5,200 pesos a month ($400). Without my hands, I knew I wouldn’t even be able to make that much.

After five days in the hospital, I checked myself out. But I didn’t go home first. I went directly to the factory where I worked for HD Electronics. I asked to see the manager. He offered me 50,000 pesos ($3,800).

“I’ve lost both my hands,” I said. “How will my family survive on 50,000 pesos?”

“That’s our offer,” he said. “Stop making such a big scandal about it and take it.” I eventually got about $14,400 in settlement money under Mexican labor law, an amount equal to 75% of two years’ wages for each hand. But I knew I had to do better for my family. So I looked across the border, to Texas, where my former employer is based.

I found a lawyer with a nice office in a good part of town. I was sure he would help me. Instead, he said, “Go up to the international bridge and put a cup out and people will help you.”
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read more: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jun/11/lost-hands-making-flatscreens-no-help

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Sat Jun 13, 2015, 03:28 AM

1. Kicked and recommended to the Max!

Put yourself in her place.

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