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Issue No. 327 06 October 2006  

The Road to Bangalore
A funny thing is happening as the major corporations plan their latest heist on the Australian public � the off shoring of an estimated two million white collar jobs to low cost countries like India.


Interview: Cowboys and Indians
Finance Sector Union national secretary Paul Schroder is standing between the big banks and a bucket of money.

Industrial: Seven Deadly Sins
Chris Christodoulou gives seven reasons why WorkChoices is bad for business

Unions: The IT Factor
The future of Australian IT looks grim as big companies lead the rush to India and China, writes Jackie Woods.

Politics: Bargain Basement
Simple principles of democracy underpin the ACTU's collective bargaining proposal, insists ACTU Secrteary Greg Combet.

Environment: An Inconvenient Hoax
Al Gore may be warning of climate breakdown, but what hope the truth when he's up against such a well-oiled machine? asks Paul Sheridan

Corporate: Two Sides
Bilateral trade agreements are a good idea � just ask the US multinationals. The rest of us should strongly disagree says Pat Ranald

International: Unfair Dismissals
Nearly 10,000 workers were fired for their trade union activities in 2005, an annual trade union survey shows.

History: A Stitch in Time
Neale Towart takes some lessons from female textile workers while considering the case for recognition ballots.

Review: The Wind that Shakes the Barley
A film charting the turmoil of the Irish war for independence against British occupation during the 1920s might seem an odd choice for top honours at the Cannes Film Festival in 2006.


 OWS Blesses Tassie Plunder

 Feds Knew About Wage Slashing

 Data Farmers' Bitter Harvest

 Umpire Delivers to Posties

 It's a Goal - Compass Out-Pointed

 Childcare Giant Goes Union

 Meat Head Jumps The Queue

 AWAs � Thanks a Million

 Vets� Fight On

 TB Threat From FoC Ship

 Hamberger in Cancer Blue

 AMWU Challenges Forced Deportation

 Let�s Dance � Andrews Get Hot

 Legal Centres Under Threat

 Activists Notebook


The Westie Wing
Ian West takes a walk around the backyard with the Prime Minister�

The Soapbox
Rise Up
Hugo Chavez's explosive address to the United Nations

The Fear Factor
A new analysis of the history of fear takes us from the war on terror all the way to the modern workplace.

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Meat Head Jumps The Queue

The businessman who ran Cowra Abattoir into the ground has jumped to the top of the creditors queue, despite owing the company $1.8 million.

PD Mulligan, the private company owned by northern beaches millionaire David Mulligan, vaulted 220 sacked workers by taking over a $1 million debt owed to the National Australia Bank.

Courtesy of the manoeuvre, PD Mulligan Pty Ltd, will be the first to get its hands on any Cowra company funds, although paperwork suggests it actually owes the meatworks nearly twice that amount.

Shocked meatworkers were delivered a lesson on how John Howard's corporate backers conduct their affairs at a creditors meeting, last week.

Mulligan's move has angered unions who say their members should have first call on any assets.

"By discharging the bank debt, PD Mulligan has become the guaranteed creditor in number one position," Meatworkers Union secretary, Charlie Donzow, told Workers Online.

"It all looks a bit suss to us.

"The workers are sick of the whole situation. They are owed $2.8 million in entitlements and, it seems, they will be lucky to see two thirds of that, at the most.

"Even then, it will be the taxpayer picking up the bill while the employer drives away in his Mercedes."

Donzow was referring to the federal government's GEERS Scheme that covers minimum community standard entitlements, not those negotiated and agreed on by the employer.

He estimates the Howard scheme, introduced when a company owned by the Prime Minister's brother dudded employees of entitlements, will leave Cowra meatworkers nearly $1 million shy of what they are owed.

Donzow repeated union calls for the establishment of a trust fund to protect entitlements.

Cowra hit the headlines when Mulligan used WorkChoices to try and ditch a contract negotiated with the Meatworkers Union.

He sacked everybody, earlier this year, then rehired them on grossly inferior terms.

Despite getting a green light from the government's Office of Workplace Services for that behaviour, Mulligan agreed to negotiate after a bout of negative publicity.

He brought in highly paid extreme Right activist, Paul Houlihan, to thrash out a combined beef-mutton deal.

"He (Mulligan) was happy, we were happy and everyone thought we had a long-term deal. A couple of weeks later, he closed the doors," Donzow said.

The Daily Telegraph reported that in the weeks leading to the closure, the abattoir transferred around $1 million to PD Mulligan Pty Ltd.

The administrator has referred that transaction, and other matters, to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.


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