Union Songs

Stanhope, You've Got No Hope (chant)

Stanhope you're a bad boy, you make a lotta noise
You're not listenin' out for the people's voice
You got egg on yo' face, you big disgrace
Shafting the teachers all over the place

Stanhope you've got no hope!
Stanhope you've got no hope!

You're selling out our schools, just to make a quid
You jeapodise the future of our Canberra kids
Your budget is stuffed, so you stick it to us
It's not a fair promise so get back on the bus

Stanhope you've got no hope!
Stanhope you've got no hope!

Jonny, there's a teacher, working up a sweat
Watching out for jobs in the gov.- gazette
Their wages are low. If someone's gotta go
It wont be the teachers, it's you, you know

Stanhope you've got no hope!
Stanhope you've got no hope!



Poor Jon

Poor Jon, you're better off gone
At least we'll get some peace of mind
If you give us the sack, you'll be flat on your back
Boy we're gonna hang you high

You know Jon took the teachers
And sacrificed them for a jail
We're fighting very bravely
We're saving for our bail
No more underhanded games from Andrew Barr
We're thousands like Ned Kelly
We'll hoist the flag of stars



Many thanks to Mike Fitzgerald for permission to add this chant to the Union Songs web collection

"I am an Organiser for AEU in ACT. We had an extended dispute with Jon Stanhope and Andrew Barr (ACT Chief Minister and Minister of Education) though out much of 2006. We organized many stop work meetings (with 500-3500 attendees, depending on the type of stop work meeting) and sang most of the following songs, en masse, outside the ACT Legislative Assembly. The dispute was sent to private arbitration and settled when it was clear to the ACT govt. that the members were becoming energised by the stop works and numbers were increasing over the months, not decreasing, and that they quite a few members knew the songs so well that they could sing the songs without their song sheets!

Some songs; words and music written by Mike Fitzgerald. Some songs; words written to traditional / popular tunes by Bill Book and Mike Fitzgerald"

Find more works by Mike Fitzgerald in this collection

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