That's Capitalism


A trade union in the USA has been accused of voodoo. Harborside Healthcare has had to withdraw charges that the SEIU union had turned to voodoo to intimidate workers in its Massachutes nursing home. Seemingly the union was concocting magic spells to force workers to join! Workers had voted 2:1 in favour of unionisation. This is the second known case where a company has turned to the state for protection against voodoo. Both involved Haitian staff, who managers claimed used magic to win union rights. Why they didn't use these powers to win a 100% pay rise or a four hour day is not explained!


Tax cheats who did not avail of the two opportunities to come forward and escape prosecution and pay reduced penalties were given yet another chance in July. If only the law was as easy going with the rest of us as it is with the millionaires who hide their cash in bogus 'non-resident' and offshore accounts.


In the part of Africa south of the Sahara desert, 320 million people live on less than $1 a day. Worldwide 2.7 billion people live on less than $2 a day. Meanwhile Forbes magazine tells us that the world's 691 known billionaires have a combined wealth of $2,300 billion. That's more than two years income for each of those 2.7 billion people. Imagine what could be achieved if all that cash was invested in health, education, useful jobs, and clean water supplies.

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This edition is No88 published in Sept 2005

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