Time to celebrate our 100 year anniversary!
Labour Day and May Day celebrations will be held this coming long weekend (4-6 May), providing a special opportunity to mark 100 years of our union.
Our union will be leading marches alongside the Finance Sector Union (FSU) as we each mark our centenary.
IEUA-QNT Branch Secretary Terry Burke said all members and their families were encouraged to participate in this year’s very special celebrations.
“This year, we have the opportunity to celebrate the power and change that we as a collective make to the lives our members, our students and our communities across Queensland and the Northern Territory,” Mr Burke said.
“It is a time to celebrate the rich history of our union, which dates back to 1919.”
Mr Burke said the varied achievements of our union – from benchmark setting bargaining outcomes to the many school-level battles fought and won by IEUA-QNT Chapters – were testament to our collective strength.
“As a union we have achieved so much and that is primarily due to members’ passion, resilience and commitment.
“It is something to be very proud of and something that should be celebrated.”
There’s still time to RSVP for your local Labour Day or May Day celebration at the links below!
Bundaberg 10 am, Riverside Parklands, Quay St >>RSVP now!
Cairns 4:30 pm, Fogarty Park, Cairns Esplanade >>RSVP now!
Ipswich 1 pm, Timothy Maloney Park, Ellensborough St >>RSVP now!
Toowoomba 10:30 am, Railway carpark, Russell St >>RSVP now!
Gold Coast 10 am, Woodroffe Park, Southport >>RSVP now!
Maryborough 10 am, Waterside Workers’ Hall, Wharf St >>RSVP now!
Sunshine Coast 9 am, Pierce Park, Maroochydore >>RSVP now!
Alice Springs 9:30 am, Memorial Club Carpark, Gap Rd >>RSVP now!
Brisbane 8:30 am, IEUA-QNT office, 346 Turbot St >>RSVP now!
Darwin *details changed* 10 am, IEUA-QNT office, 38 Woods St >>RSVP now!
Rockhampton 9:00 am, Pilbeam Theatre Carpark, cnr Cambridge & Bolsover Sts >>RSVP now!
Townsville 10 am, Strand Park, The Strand >>RSVP now!
Thursday Island 5 pm, Thursday Island Post Office >>RSVP now!
Changing the rules means changing the government
Mr Burke said while Labour Day and May Day was a time of celebration, it was also an opportunity to further key campaigns – and this year that the campaign to Change The Rules.
The Change The Rules campaign seeks to rebalance the industrial system and reduce inequality, which is now at a 70 year high.
With only the Australian Labor Party (ALP), The Greens and the Katter Party having committed to the Change The Rules agenda, it’s clear that to changes the rules, we must change the government.
Mr Burke said Australia’s oppressive industrial laws were imposed by the Howard Coalition government in the mid-2000s and members had rightly had enough of a system working against their best interests.
“IEUA-QNT members have a clear opportunity to cast their vote for fairness at the upcoming election,” Mr Hayes said.
“If we change the broken industrial rules, we can address the insecure work crisis impacting our members, achieve meaningful outcomes in collective bargaining, support real wage growth and close inequality gaps.
“Essentially what all voters face at this election is an opportunity to ensure a fairer future for the next generation.”
The history of Labour Day
Labour Day and May Day have a long and significant history both in Australia and internationally.
The antecedence of Labour Day in Australia stretches back to Barcaldine in 1891 where the Shearer’s Strike sought to stop the employment of non-union workers on lower rates of pay.
The Shearer’s Strike had a profound impact on the industrial path that workers travelled in the more than one hundred years that have since passed. Labour Day stands as a testament to the industrial significance of the events of 1891 and a determination to continue to protect and advance the rights of workers.