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THE CLASS WAR by John Allemang
Date: Wednesday, October 26 2005
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Globe and Mail October 22/05

POETIC JUSTICE
By John Allemang

THE CLASS WAR

"We must uphold the rule of law,"
Says Gordon Campbell, he who saw
No harm in knocking back a few
And driving with his wits askew
While on vacation, far away
From any thoughts of teachers' pay.

Now this ex-drunk's our sober guide
To why some get any easy ride
In B. C.'s brisk economy,
While leaders, with false bonhomie,
Insist that teachers pay the price
Since public service is a vice.


Contracts imposed for years and years,
No wage increases - save the tears -
And here's a detail business likes:
You're too essential. No more strikes.

But it's not worth what Campbell saves
When public servants end up slaves,
Essential only in the court
That twists their rights into a tort.

Respect the law? Gord, what's at stake
Means more than some sweetheart tax break -
But if you like your tough-guy pose,
Try wage control for CEOs.

jallemang@globeandmail.com


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