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I found this entry at my LJ friend, [livejournal.com profile] sola's journal. Go and have a look, please.
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Bold the ones that are true for you.

Cut for length )

Well. It looks as though I'll be the first against the wall when the revolution comes, eh? :D
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Pontius Pilate came to our town
Up to the dockyards to see the picket lines.
We asked him to help, but he just turned round.
He's the leader of the union now.

-- 'One By One', Chumbawamba

So, I saw something last night that I've never seen before: a picket line. In Abram Street, where Gilligans is, there's a Large Place Where Cars Are Built. Standing before the gates were people bearing signs. On Strike! they all proclaimed. The people weren't marching up and down as one might expect they'd be doing. Rather they were standing and talking, their signs leant against their shoulders. Occasionally, they'd wave at passersby.

One stout fellow wearing a blue shirt waved at me. I saw him round an hour later on telly still with his sign leant against his shoulder. He was an older gent, and I wondered why he was striking - why any of them were, come to that. I also noted the quality of the signs they were all holding. When had they been made? Do the unions keep them in boxes and re-use them whenever there's a need for a picket line (actually, it was a great deal more of a cluster - but you never hear it called that way - picket cluster - do you)? In short, I wondered whether the money for the signs might have been better spent.

I know a great lot about making signs. For instance, I know that the more signs one wants, the lower the cost per sign. Dangle a number in the thousands over a vendor's head, and that vendor may be coaxed into waiving the set up fee. All that aside, for every union member across the country to picket with a shiny, union-brand sign, I imagine the cost could have been easily a quarter million, if not more.

Times being what they are, a great lot can still be done with a quarter million.

I wonder whether that fellow is being well cared for by his union? His hair is white; he's at least as old as my uncle, who this time last year worked in that very plant. I wonder, if he'd not gone the way of the pensioner, would my uncle have been standing out under the failling sun - sign leant against his shoulder?
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Don't let the door hit your arse on the way out, Rummy.

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