May Day 2018

May Day – also know as International Worker’s Day – is a celebration of worker’s rights and unions observed across the world.

This year, the focus in Australian will be 12 Days to Change the Rules. Unions and Trades and Labour Councils are organising a series of events all over the country to draw attention to unfair workplace laws, broken bargaining policies and wage theft.

CPSU and CSIRO Staff Association members know the rules that are supposed to make our workplaces fair are broken. Join us to make some noise and call for change.

Contact your local organiser if you’re interested in coming along to one of the events!

Newcastle 10am Sunday 29 April Meet at Hamilton Train Station Carpark for 10:30am march down Beaumont Street to Gregson Park for celebration and speeches. More info
Hobart 11.30am Sunday 29 April Meet at CPSU 157 Collins Street. Guest speaker Sally McManus. Poster
Canberra 12.30pm Tuesday 1 May Meet at 12.30pm corner Childers Street and University Avenue. Poster
Wollongong 10am Saturday 5 May Meet at 10am Louden Sqaure (opp Wollongong Train Station) for rally and march. More info
Adelaide 10am Saturday 5 May Meet at 10.30am Victoria Square for rally and march to Light Square for live music and entertainment. Poster 
Perth 10am Sunday 6 May Meet at 10am Fremantle Esplanade. March and rally at noon. Guest speaker Sally McManus Poster
Sydney 10am Sunday 6 May Meet at 11am Hyde Park North for rally and march to Prince Alfred Park for family fun day. Poster
Townsville 9.30am Monday 7 May Meet at 10am Strand Park. Food and entertainment from 11am. Poster
Brisbane 10am Monday 7 May Meet at 9.30am Wharf Street, Spring Hill. March to RNA Showgrounds for food and free entertainment. Poster
Darwin 3.30pm Monday 7 May Meet at 3.30pm CPSU, 38 Wood Street. March to the Esplanade for evening concert. Poster
Melbourne 10am Wednesday 9 May Meet at 10am Victoria Trades Hall, corner Lygon and Victoria Street Carlton for rally and march. Poster

Thirteen years ago, CPSU members joined the Your Rights at Work campaign to overturn the Howard government’s WorkChoices legislation. We took on the federal government, employer groups and conservative media and we won. It was the biggest and most significant campaign by the union movement in living memory.

Change the Rules is going to be bigger. The world has changed and our rules haven’t kept up. Inequality is at a 70 year high, wage growth is at record lows, and workers’ bargaining power has been driven into the ground. We have to win this. The kind of country our children and grandchildren are going to grow up in depends on us, here and now.

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