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Issue #1775      May 3, 2017

Poem

Union Maid

(With apologies to Woody Guthrie)

There once was a union maid who never was afraid
Of the neo-cons and the ult-right nongs
And the sleazy bosses who underpaid.
On the 7.30 Report, she told them what she thought,
That where an unfair law is found we’ll always stand our ground.

CHORUS:
0 you can’t scare me I’m sticking to the union
(repeat x3)
TILL THE DAY I DIE.

This union maid was smart, she’d studied for her part.
She wouldn’t be bullied by Murdoch fools,
She gave the workers hope and heart.
She helped us win our way, when we struck for higher pay,
Turned up on time to the picket line,
And this is what she’d say

CHORUS

This union maid called out to the workers round about
To remember those who went before
That they fought and won and had some clout.
Whenever she appears, the workers stand and cheer
‘Cos to take the fight to the bosses’ pal, Mal
We know we can trust our Sal.

CHORUS

You workers who want to be free, just take a little tip from me
Break out of that mould we’ve all been sold
And elect more women to take the lead.
There’s SAL and GED and more
They’re fighting at the fore
Of a union movement proud and strong
So hear us sing along.

CHORUS

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