On the Job Front Cover

Paperback / softback
ISBN: 9780889221024
Pages: 112
Pub. Date: January 1 1976
Dimensions: 8.5" x 5.5" x 0.375"
Rights: Available: WORLD
Non-Fiction / BUS038010

  • DRAMA / Canadian
  • BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Labor / Unions

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On the Job

By David Fennario

It is Christmas Eve, 1970. In the shipping room of a Montreal dress factory, the workers get drunk and decide to go on strike.

“So many of the guys I knew on the street are gone dead or crazy, man. There’s no escape. This whole country is just one big factory, one big jail, Billy … Either you’re a good nigger or ya die. Know what I mean? … Black, yellow, white. We’re all niggers down on Rockefeller’s Plantation, man.”

“Punks, Billy. All we get now is punks … I used to have this shipping room running like a new machine, remember, Billy? … No trouble, no fuss, ’cause everybody did their job and knew their place, but now … In the last five years, the kids been getting more and more like that Gary Boyce. Shit disturbers. They all got that look in their eye. Know what I mean? Like they don’t give a damn.”

On the Job is David Fennario’s post-mortem on the ’60s and a look at the Canadian class structure. The play was first performed at Centaur Theatre, Montreal. Subsequently, it has been performed at the National Arts Centre, Ottawa; been revived by Centaur Theatre; and been staged at the Arts Club Theatre, Vancouver.

Winner 1976 Chalmers Award for Best Canadian Play

“Vibrates with the rough and ready energy of a street fight.”
Quill & Quire