I remember the strike that inspired this song. It was the Gainers meatpacking plant strike in Edmonton in the early eighties. The owner, Peter Pocklington tried to break the union, and the strike lasted for almost a year I think. Filled with many violent incidents including the throwing of spiked potatoes at police and at busses carrying strikebreakers. In the end, as the song suggests, the union was broken, wages were lowered and many people lost thier jobs.