The vote’s been taken, pickets are posted,
Placards hoisted, slogans given full voice;
Their situation leaves strikers no choice
As wages fall, while profits are boosted
At the workers’ expense. This feels arranged
As was the broad discontent forty years
Ago which surely must provoke fears
That forty years on nothing much has changed.
Inflation is still whittling away pay,
Governments of various stripes all show
It matters little how they come and go,
While the interests of capital hold sway.
Class solidarity may win, but then,
Gains secured will be taken back again.