As I, alongside colleagues in UCU across the UK, prepare to take strike action to prevent our pensions being decimated, I have reworked a familiar Pink Floyd lyric to meet the occasion.
Us and them
Here we go, in dispute once again
Me and you
God only knows it’s not what we would choose to do
“Forward” they cried. You should all do what you’re told
And the Principals sighed as the lines on the campuses stood out in the cold
Here and now
And who knows all the whys and all hows
Up and down
And in the end it’s only round and round
Haven’t you heard, it’s all been said, there’s no money in the pot
Now just look away, we don’t want you to see how much the Principal got
Down and out
It can’t be helped but there’s a lot of it about
And who’ll deny it’s what the fighting’s all about?
At the end of the day, you’ll end your days with just so much less
After all of the hours, the overwork, the crap and the distress.
Thought and deed
Time for us to sow another seed
All for one
One for all, solidarity’s call
Our future’s at stake, this time we’re gonna make them see
The action we take together we say can bring us victory