Ten public servants standing in a line,
one of them was downsized – then there were nine.
Nine public servants who must negotiate,
one joined the union – then there were eight.
Eight public servants thought they were in heaven,
’til one of them was redeployed – then there were seven.
Seven public servants, their jobs as safe as bricks,
but one was reclassified – then there were six.
Six public servants trying to survive,
one of them was privatised – then there were five.
Five public servants ready to give more,
but one golden handshake reduced them to four.
Four public servants full of loyalty,
their jobs were advertised – then there were three.
Three public servants under review,
one left on secondment – then there were two.
Two public servants coping on the run,
one went out on stress leave – then there was one.
The last public servant agreed to relocate,
replaced by 10 consultants at twice the hourly rate.