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Speed Up, Shiftwork and Overtime ( Mark Gregory ) I've read in the newspapers and seen it on TV They tell us that the bosses and the workers should agree It make the bosses angry, it makes the Tories rage To think some men refuse to work if they dont get a decent wage cho: It's speed up shiftwork and overtime for you If you want to make a living that's what they'll make you do It really makes me wonder when I hear some people speak Of how we fought for the eight hour day or forty hours a week In days gone by when prices fell and the markets hit a glut The workers in this country would have their wages cut But now there is a different trick that's used throughout the nation These days they put the prices up, cut wages by inflation So ... And now they try to tell us that this country's going broke It must be all those profits that's causing them to choke The answer's very simple the problem can be solved We'll sack the bloody bosses and have workers in control Or else ... Notes: I wrote this song when I worked in a brewery in London in 1971. At the time I was an Engine Driver for a couple of Hall's Ammonia Compressors in the chilling plant. Much of the day or night entailed keeping an ear out for warning sounds, a nose ready for ammonia leaks and an eye on various gauges. Time for reading and writing (and occasionally sampling the merchandise). There was a Tory government in power with a brand new Industrial Relations Bill written by a minister who also happened to be the head of Securicor the private security firm. This anti union law had particularly draconian anti-strike clauses. "Kill the Bill" was the slogan of the day (a double entendre in London at least). Between my shifts cooling Watney's Red Barrel, I worked in the documentary film group, Cinema Action, which was making a film called "Fig the introduction of that film! It goes to the tune of Lachlan Tigers. MG (First part of the Bigler) RG MG oct97
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