Support this struggle!
Poetry on the Picket line grew out of the solidarity work carried out by the poets involved with supporting PCS members in the National Gallery dispute. Committed to using the power of poetry to move people, they have always believed in putting their money where their mouths are and, with this in mind, they are holding their first fundraiser:
Venue: Brewer's Bar, 77 Shacklewell Lane, London, E8 2EB
Join us for an evening of sensational socialist entertainment. The line-up includes comedians Kate Smurthwaite and Don Biswas and the poets Janine Booth, Nadia Drews, Tim Wells and Grim Chip.
Poetry performances by Janine, Chip and Tim at a rally in Whitechapel's Altab Ali Park in support of striking Serco workers in Bart's hospitals.
Rhyming in support of cinema workers fighting for a living wage, better working conditions and union recognition.
I thought the pay
Was quite OK
When I first came through the door
Then I paid my rent
And it was spent
And now I want some more
The company's board
Say they can't afford
They've got no more to give
But like Olly Twist
More than subsist
I want enough to live
We've cancelled Night Of The Living Dead
To show Day Of The Living Wage instead
On strike because Honey, I Shrunk Their Wage
They've Anger at Management, they're showing Rage
When they Walk The Line, they mean the picket
It's Independence Day and It's just Not Cricket
No Terms Of Endearment, but terms and conditions
No Western Union, they want union recognition
Janine and other poets will be entertaining pickets and drumming up public support with some cinema solidarity rhymes.
Hackney Picturehouse workers are following workmates at Brixton's Ritzy in taking action for the London Living Wage and other improvements to working conditions.
Written in support of the current North Sea strike ...
Strike it rich
But the market hit a hitch
And when the bottom falls out
Of the price of a barrel
Then the bosses get out
The hair shirt apparel
Not for them
But for us