Unite's Joy Johnson's hard-hitting commentary in poetry

Reading time: 2 min

For ten years they starved us

cut doctors and nurses who treated us

devalued social workers who cared for us


bosses mocked and taunted us

you work with us not for us

self employment became bogus

secure jobs became precarious


cyclists modern day pack horses

eight hours to zero they texted us

in warehouses they tagged us

we were made to feel worthless


For ten years we’ve had austerity

pushing us into poverty

China became our factory


Enough we know the value of unity

shelf stackers, truck drivers are key

cleaners, medics needed in this emergency


Take back our identity

see through their mendacity

comrades express solidarity

And stand with humanity



  • Joy Johnson works in Unite’s political department

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