BACKGROUND ON AUSTRALIAN INVOLVEMENT WITH WALMART
Over the years, The Network has published a number of posts relating to Walmart and to the former Woolworths CEO and Walmart Board Member, Roger Corbett. Corbett, a former CEO of Woolworths, is well known across corporate circles in Australia and sits on a variety of corporate boards. When Corbett retired from his position at Woolworths, it was expected that his next-in-line, Greg Foran, would fill his shoes. This did not happen. Greg Foran was passed over for his own next-in-line. It was only a short while before Foran resigned from Woolworths. A short while later and Foran surfaced at Walmart head office in Arkansas, USA. A short while later, Foran was in China fixing up some very serious problems there. Here are links which will give an idea of the changes Foran wants to bring to Walmart.
Walmart is notorious for the fact that a full-time worker can still have to survive on food stamps (American welfare/social security payments). Foran, on appointment, announced that wages would be increased. Gender and race discrimination have been part and parcel of working life at Walmart. If you are black, progression has been difficult. If you are a woman, progression has been difficult. If you are black and female, forget progression! This appears to be changing too.
Now, in 2015, Woolworths is behind the eight-ball in Australia with Aldi and Coles the forerunners. Things have not been going well for Woolies. People are being laid off and the CEO (appointed instead of Foran) has stepped down. Now the question is being asked - Will Greg Foran return to lead Woolworths out of its dire straits?
It is unlikely that the CEO of Walmart has anything to do with the Walton Family Foundation mentioned below. Networkers will note reference to "charter schools". Here is one definition of such schools. It is not clear - yet - what is the exact expectation to be crystallised from the proposal to the Abbott Government. However, it is fair to say that Abbott and/or his supporters are considering changes to the Australian public education system which will take it away from the system that Australians have known and of which they are justifiably proud.
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