Labour Day & May Day is our chance to Change The Rules
Union members and their families will join together to celebrate Labour Day and May Day this long weekend – and this year we will unite with a clear message: it’s time to Change The Rules.
Forming part of 12 Days of Action for the Change The Rules campaign, on Labour Day and May Day this year we will be calling for change to Australia’s broken industrial rules – rules that have led to flat-lining wages, insecure work and an inability for workers to bargain effectively for improved working conditions.
Members are encouraged to attend their local Labour Day or May Day celebration, with events scheduled across 5-7 May throughout Queensland and the Northern Territory.
IEUA-QNT Assistant Secretary Rebecca Sisson said no sector was immune from the consequences of these broken rules.
“Recently, in the Queensland education sector we have seen serious attacks on employees and an attempt to create ‘second-tier’ teachers who would work more, for less.
“We have also seen employers attempting to tear up collective agreements and place workers on basic Award wages and conditions.”
Ms Sisson said in the current industrial climate, the power of the collective has never been more important.
“All too often, employees are fighting to protect wins (to working conditions) they have already achieved,” Ms Sisson said.
“On Labour Day and May Day this year, we will be calling for change.
“We need to Change The Rules that have tipped the balance of power heavily in favour of employers and return a fair share of power to workers and their unions.
Ms Sisson said the power of union had been demonstrated time and time again.
“If you reflect on some of the significant recent achievements of IEUA-QNT members – like superannuation co-contribution, paid domestic violence leave and the $101,000 classroom teacher salary in 2018 – there is one common trend: strong union membership.
“There is power in union
“There is power in the collective.
“Join with your IEUA-QNT colleagues on Labour Day and May Day and help to Change The Rules.”