Feb 5, 2012, 1:20 PM
Post #13 of 23
The selling of government jobs is no surprise after you have been here a while. About 10 years ago we had a neighbor that was a helicopter pilot for Pemex. He also told me that he had a membership in the electricians union that used to serve the now defunct LyF (Light and power) electric utility that used to serve central México until about 3 years ago.
I have a sobrino that is one of the highest paid engineers at Pemex. He is very good in his profession, he is out of the country about once a month. He did not buy his job.
My sobrino told me that any Mexican citizen could buy a membership in the LyF electricians union for $50,000 Pesos. They did not need to report for work, but they were on the payroll. All members of that union also got free electricity as part of their pay package. No incentive to stay away from the DAC rate there.
The LyF electric utility used to operate at a loss of several hundred million Pesos per year, the Federal government had to appropriate that money every year just to keep it operating, it was not a subsidy for the benefit of the consumers.
The final straw was when the head of that union gave himself a one month Christmas pay bonus. That prompted Pesident Calderon to disolve that utility, and have CFE serve the whole country. The people that complain about the CFE should count their blessings. They don’t know what inefficient electric service is.
The union head then said he didn’t want the bonus just for himself, but for every member of his union. News stories in the newspapers then began saying there were either 40,000 or 70,000 employees. There were probably 40,000 workers, and 70,000 people on the payroll. Who knows?
Anyway, it is no surprise to me that a Mexican citizen can buy a government job sometimes. Now, I think I know how many of the know-nothing clerks that work in government offices got their jobs.
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