Feb 3, 2005, 3:15 AM
Post #17 of 23
Here at Lakeside, besides the gringo homeowners, there are a lot of Mexicans who own lakeside homes and have maids and gardeners here to take care of their property. These folks often are here only once a month on a weekend, if that, and perhaps spend a week or two vacation here .. at least the wife and kids do during school break. The wages they pay would rot your socks: my maid's grandmother got 25 pesos a week (yes, I really mean 25 pesos a week) to clean an absentee owner's house. My maid's mother gets 150 pesos a week to clean daily at another house and her dad gets about 250 pesos a week as daily gardener: no IMSS, no aguinaldo, NADA, zip, zero. This is not uncommon. Another maid and her gardener husband on our street earned the grand sum of 300 pesos a week, plus housing, and had to be present 24/7. When the owners are here they are on duty all the time, right up to the owner's bedtime, when the maid has to go in turn down the bed for the owners. Honest.
Since we provide housing, electric, gas, phone, IMSS, etc. etc. for our workers, we pay them nowhere near the 50 pesos per hour suggested. However, if we have a party or more than a couple of people for dinner, I do pay the maid extra to work the party and clean up: usually about 50 pesos for an evening dinner, and 200 pesos for a big, all-day job, on a normal day off, setting up and cleaning up after a gazillion people, small dogs and chidren. I never require her work these days, but ask if she is available and if she feels she will need someone else to work with her. Oftentimes, her husband will work an event along with her.