Labour Day / May Day 2017
Labour Day / May Day is always a time of celebration, particularly for union members and their families.
This year, we will mark the occasion on Monday, 1 May 2017.
Labour Day / May Day is a time to reflect on the many significant achievements of our movement—equal pay, the eight hour working day, annual leave, parental leave, superannuation, workers’ compensation—but it is also an opportunity to send a clear message about our aspirations for the future. Recent attacks on workers’ rights, including the decision to slash penalty rates for some of the lowest-paid members of our community, will be renounced by a strong turn-out at these events.
We encourage all members to attend their local celebration. It's our opportunity to make our voices heard and to show we stand for quality education and our rights as workers and unionists.
IEUA-QNT Staff Representatives can RSVP their chapter members' attendance at Labour Day or May Day events using this form.
- Alice Springs
- Sunshine Coast
- Thursday Island
We know that when IEUA-QNT members act collectively, we achieve improvements in our conditions. Recently we secured significant improvements to wages in Queensland Catholic schools – and set a benchmark that is now improving wages for teachers across the state.
Our union also defended the superannuation, redundancy entitlements and vacation time of C&K Branch Centre Kindergarten employees despite attacks from their employer.
We know our members will bring similar resolve to defending recent attacks on penalty rates. The Fair Work Commission’s recent decision to radically cut Sunday and public holiday pay will hurt more than 400,000 Queensland workers and their families with an annual pay cut of up to $6,000.
Labour Day / May Day holds a special significance for union members, with a rich history dating back more than 130 years, but what are we celebrating and why is it still relevant today?
Read IEUA-QNT Assistant Secretary Rebecca Sisson's article on the place and importance of Labour Day / May Day.
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