Strong turnout on Labour Day and May Day in 2015
Labour Day holds a special significance for unionists, their families and the broader community.
Labour Day was celebrated in Queensland over the weekend of 2-3 May. The Northern Territory celebrated May Day on a public holiday on 4 May.
Labour Day is an opportunity to celebrate the many past achievements of the union movement, which include workers’ entitlement to wage equality, annual leave, parental leave, superannuation, family leave, long service leave, periodic wage increases and workers’ compensation.
Labour Day is also an opportunity to share our aspirations for the future. For many IEUA-QNT members this will be enhancing professional respect and conditions in our sector during upcoming rounds of bargaining or professional issues such as advocating for increased funding for students with disability.
The union movement in Queensland also looks forward to the restoration of the Labour Day public holiday to its rightful place in May. The former Newman LNP government moved the holiday to October in 2013 as part of a series of unreasonable attacks on unions and their members.
View photographs from Labour Day celebrations in the gallery below.