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Home > News > 2020 > February > Save the date and get ready to celebrate

Save the date and get ready to celebrate


** Labour Day celebrations in Queensland cancelled to put community health and safety first amidst concerns about coronavirus**

Read more about the cancellation of 2020 celebrations here


Labour Day in Queensland and May Day in the Northern Territory hold a significant place in union history.

It is our chance to celebrate the change we create as an education union and our role in giving a voice to our 17,000 members and their school communities across Queensland and the Northern Territory.

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. 

Labour Day/May Day provides us an opportunity to gather each year to acknowledge and celebrate the struggle, collective action and strength shown by our fellow unionists throughout history leading to the improved wages and working conditions we have today.

It is also a reminder that we must stay vigilant and continue to work as a collective to protect and improve those conditions going into the future.

We are stronger together.

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