Labor Day Obrero Hymns

Photograph– Felix Chakutoe (1922 port strike leader. August 26, 1891 – September 20, 1967)

An island
that doesn’t
discuss their
labor conditions,
the state of
their working
women,
physically,
mentally
challenged,
the youth,
seniors
is an island
without a
conscious,
soulless
zombied out.

Labor minister Koeiman
why we not evaluating
him after one year?
Union leaders
how they rolling,
division, unity?
When unions
within the
same trade
going to merge?
No, why not?
Ego big,
blown up.
No conferences,
symposiums
on labor justice?
No? For real?
Only when
it is politically
convenient.
Labor union
members have
they grown?
Or deserted
because they
felt betrayed
by an IMF market
flexibility zone?
Why they
talking with
academic
university
words and
frases?
Give us
up to date
statistics.
Get us out of
these pre-abolition
labor cages.

UTS,
Aqualectra
U.S. FOL
short term
contract abuse
Union leaders
Hushed

Supermarket
workers
Store
workers
their rights
being trampled
daily for years.
Union leaders
Hushed

Chorus:

The proletariat
don’t instagram their
Starbucks frappachino’s
Sun up
Its La Libanesa with
Guiness in left hand.
Loosies from Chino
If you lucky…
Read your
Vigilante
to see who
got shot
Who got
stabbed
7/8 AM
Punch the
plantation clock

Labor justice
Awareness
Programs
via radio
tv, newspaper
social media.
That’s what we
NEED.
Get hip
to these new
times.
Find that strategy
to speak and
reach the youth.
Teach our labor rights
in schools.

Census office
how many companies
don’t provide their
employees pension plans?
Why cooperatives keeps
getting bombed by banks?
Where are the labor lawyers?
Why isn’t our University
educating them?
Labor law workshops?
Slacking in training.
Neoliberal taming
Time has come
to birth plots.

Domestic work
Abuse
Hotel work
Abuse
Construction work
Abuse
Sex industry
Abuse
Security guard work
Abuse

Union leaders
Hushed
They hushhhhed

Oh these leaders
deliberately not
pumping
scholarships
to create
a labor economist
defense league.
Influence
public opinion
Let the poor folks
breathe

Lunch time
eating, sleeping
under trees
5 years stuck
at the same
entry level position
Club Social and
Sunquick
wages
won’t
increase.

Chorus:
The proletariat
don’t instagram their
Starbucks frappachino’s
Sun up
Its La Libanesa with
Guiness in left hand.
Loosies from Chino
If you lucky…
Read your
Vigilante
to see who
got shot
Who got
stabbed
7/8 AM
Punch the
plantation clock

And I
Love
obligated
profit sharing
being included
into collective bargaining
Because
All Of Goddess Workers Got Wings

3 thoughts on “Labor Day Obrero Hymns

  1. Poppy Reina says:

    tin un hende ku sa algu mas di loke tin skibi riba internet tokante Felix Chakutoe? please yuda mi ku e informashon ei , danki

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