by Scott Creighton
This is what neoliberal “free market” economic ideology brings us: the race to the bottom. Here is a video taken during the announcement to the workforce that Carrier Air Conditioner is moving it’s production facility to Monterrey, Mexico sending 1,400 Indianapolis jobs south of the border, starting in 2017. A spokesperson for Carrier Air Conditioners released the following statement: (statement and video after the break)
“This move is intended to address the challenges we continue to face in a rapidly changing HVAC industry, with the continued migration of the HVAC industry to Mexico, including our suppliers and competitors, and ongoing cost and pricing pressures driven, in part, by new regulatory requirements, Relocating our operations to a region where we have existing infrastructure and a strong supplier base will allow us to operate more cost effectively so that we can continue to produce high-quality HVAC products that are competitively positioned while continuing to meet customer needs.” Chris Nelson, president of HVAC Systems and Services North America
With the competition moving to Mexico in order to take advantage of cheaper labor and more lax regulations, Carrier seems to think they have to move as well or go out of business. This is the nature of free market ideology. It’s a whirlpool in the “rising tide raises all boats” theory, entrapping everything in it’s wake and dragging them round and round until they disappear beneath the surface. The tide rises because it’s resting on the corpse of yet another ship of industry plunged to the bottom with all hands lost at sea leaving only the massive, multinational cargo ships remaining afloat, ferrying Carrier Air Conditioners back and forth from one third world shit hole to a newly developing one.
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