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Home > News > 2020 > April > Celebrate #IEUnionstrong online as Labour Day/May Day goes online for 2020

Celebrate #IEUnionstrong online as Labour Day/May Day goes online for 2020

Labour_Day-May_Day_2020.pngIn light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, Labour Day/May Day celebrations on Monday, 4 May will be a little different this year – with IEUA-QNT members encouraged to celebrate all the ways we are #IEUnionstrong. 

The impact of the community response to the pandemic shows just how important unions are when it comes to securing decent wages and conditions, permanent jobs, and workplace health and safety.

While social distancing means union members, community supporters and workers won’t be able to march or gather as we do traditionally over this weekend, we can still put on our favourite IEUA-QNT shirt and get involved from home with family and friends.

Tell us what #IEUnionstrong means to you

With Labour Day/May Day celebrations taking place online this year, we are asking IEUA-QNT members to share what they feel makes us #IEUnionstrong.

It could be a key win during collective bargaining, or a moment of celebration – perhaps a favourite photo you may have from a previous Labour Day/May Day event.

We ask that you share this online via Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #IEUnionstrong and tagging us via @ieuaqnt – we will be sharing posts through the day on Monday, 4 May to our union’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

A special Facebook frame to help celebrate #IEUnionstrong will also launch on our Facebook page on Saturday morning – another easy way you can proudly show solidarity this Labour Day/May Day long weekend.

Other Queensland and Northern Territory activities

In Queensland, the Queensland Council of Unions has a range of online activities planned for Labour Day in Queensland on Monday, 4 May including union songs to air on radio stations across the state along with dedicated radio ads introduced by union members.

Video messages from union, community and government leaders about the significance of Labour Day will be posted on social media.

In the Northern Territory, Unions NT will host a Facebook Live celebration at noon on Friday, 1 May 2020 from the balcony of the Unions NT building. 

Over 100 years of making a difference for members

Our union has achieved so much for members over our more than 100 years #IEUnionstrong.

Securing equal pay for women in 1971 after a 50-year battle against inequality was one of our proudest moments, along with achieving wage parity with state sector teachers for the very first time, an achievement that we must be vigilant to maintain.

Achieving significant enhancements for school officer classification and a structure that recognised their unique roles and responsibilities was another major win for members. 

Our union continues to use its collective strength to improve working conditions for members through collective bargaining, with agreements negotiated by our members having achieved contemporary wages of up to 42% above the award rate for teachers and 39% above the award rate for school officers.

It is through the power of our union’s collective voice that these and many more significant enhancements have been won in the non-government education sector. 

Showing solidarity in a time of social distancing

IEUA-QNT Branch Secretary Terry Burke said while members wouldn’t be able to celebrate in person this year, the ability to show our solidarity as union members would shine through on social media in 2020.

“Whether you’ve been attending Labour Day celebrations for 25 years or you are a new graduate, we encourage all members and their families to join the celebrations online this year,” Terry said.

“Labour Day/May Day are a critical part of the fabric of our story as a union and provide an important opportunity to celebrate the wins our union has achieved for members over the last 101 years. 

“The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us all the importance of looking after each other and being there to provide support to others when they need it.

“That’s at the heart of what we do as a union, as a collective – we care, we show up and we look after each other.

“That’s what helped us achieve so much in the last 100 years and what will get us through the challenges we currently face.

“It’s what makes us #IEUnionstrong.”

For more information on how to celebrate Labour Day/May Day online in 2020, click here.

Authorised by Terry Burke, Independent Education Union of Australia – Queensland & Northern Territory Branch, Brisbane.