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Meeres Goes Broke Owing $9,000,000

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Meeres Goes Broke Owing $9,000,000 - Then Meeres Freightlines Australia starts up

And a lot of hardworking people are about to be BADLY BURNED

Companies being wound up owing huge sums of money to their employees then starting up a day or two later under a new name is becoming a far too familiar occurrence in the transport industry.

The latest mob to go down this track is Bunbury based firm Meere's Freightlines who recently went bust in a big way.

On August 18 this year the Federal Court ordered the company be wound up and the Court appointed an official liquidator.

In a report to creditors on August 21 the liquidator reported that the firm owed almost $9,000,000.

We understand that a large chunk of this is owed to Meeres Freightlines employees for work related entitlements including superannuation money.

At this meeting it was also stated that negotiations had commenced with an interested purchaser of the business.

We can now confirm that on 8 July Meeres Freightlines Australia was registered with its sole director listed as Sarina Franklin.

Sarina Franklin is the married name of the daughter of Ross and Vicky Meeres who were the directors of the now defunct Meeres Freightlines.

The only difference between the "old" Meeres Freightlines and the "new" Meeres Freightlines Australia appears to be ABN numbers and directors.

On July 20 an application was made for the trading name Bunbury Refrigerated Freightlines under the company name Meere's Freightlines Australia.

However at this point all their equipment appears to be decked out in Meeres Freightlines Australia livery.

The TWU acknowledges all of the above may be completely legal and in accordance with the law. But if that is so, then THE LAW IS AN ASS and the laws MUST BE CHANGED.

In the meantime a lot of creditors are lining up in an attempt to get what they can from what the liquidator salvages from the now defunct Meeres Freightlines.

Good luck to them but the TWU fears a lot of good hardworking people who have toiled hard and provided services to the Meeres family are about to be BADLY BURNT!

There is a lot more to come on this story and the TWU will be keeping a keen eye on the proceedings. Stay tuned for an update in the next Wheel. </p.