26 April 2017   No. 02-17
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Labour Day – QTU Proud!

The QTU has had a strong and proud presence at Queensland Labour Day celebrations since 1891, when the first Labour Day commemoration occurred. QTU members can be proud of our many and varied achievements throughout our union’s history and are encouraged to join with other QTU members, and the wider union movement, to celebrate this Labour Day.

This Labour Day provides a unique opportunity for Queenslanders to send a strong and clear message to the Turnbull government given the current attack on Australian workers and families with the unprecedented cuts to penalty rates. It is important to have a large attendance to send the important message about decency and fairness in every workplace.

The Brisbane Labour Day March and festival is on Monday 1 May. The march will begin at 10.00am sharp. Members need to assemble by 9.30am at the corner of Wharf and Turbot Street, Spring Hill. The march concludes at the Brisbane Show Grounds with festivities for the whole family. There will be children’s rides, live music and a barbecue.

QTU members are invited to march behind our member-group specific banners at the Brisbane march if they wish; Educational Leaders, Women, TAFE and LGBTIQ+ Pride.

Please encourage QTU members to bring family and friends to join in the fun at the Labour Day celebrations occurring across the state. A summary of the celebrations state-wide are detailed below. Further details are available on the QTU website or The Queensland Council of Unions' website.

Region Date Assembly Fun day
Brisbane 1 May 9.30am for 10.00am march
cnr Wharf & Turbot St, Spring Hill
RNA Showgrounds
Barcaldine 1 May 9.15am for 10am march
Willows St, Barcaldine
Barcaldine Showgrounds
Blackwater 1 May 8am for 9am march
cnr Mackenzie St & Littlefield St
PCYC Blackwater
Bundaberg 29 April 9am for 9.30am March
Young Aussie Hotel, Perry St, North Bundaberg
Anzac Park
Cairns  29 April 3.00pm assembly at Fogarty Park (in front of the sound shell)
4.00pm march from cnr Spence St & Cairns Esplanade
Fogarty Park
Gladstone 1 May 9.45am for 10am march
council car park, Central Lane
Gladstone Marina Parkland (Area E)
Gold Coast   30 April 9.45am for 10.30am march
CSI Club Southport, 154A Scarborough St
Northern Recreation Area, Southport Broadwater Parklands
Ipswich  29 April 10.30am for 11am march
cnr Ellensborough & Darling Streets
 Union Place, Ipswich City Mall
Mackay 1 May 9am for 9.45am march
cnr River and Gregory Sts, Mackay
Queens Park, Goldsmith St, Mackay
Maryborough 30 April 10.00am for 10.15am march
Waterside Workers Union Hall, Wharf St
Maryborough Services Memorial Bowls Club, Lennox St
Moranbah 1 May 10am for 10.30am march
cnr Tallon St and Mills Ave, Moranbah
Ted Rolfe Oval, cnr Mills Ave & Appleton St
Rockhampton 1 May 8.30am for 9am march
Riverside car park, Archer St
Victoria Park, Husich Drive
  30 April 11am Emu Park
Sunshine Coast   30 April 9.30am for 10am festivities Cotton Tree Park, The Esplanade, Cotton Tree
Thursday Island Friday, 19 May 4.30pm for 5.00pm march
Post Office
Anzac Park
Tieri 1 May   8.00am
Tieri State School
Tieri touch fields, Malvern Street
Toowoomba 29 April 10.30am in the vicinity of the Irish Club
marshals will direct you to the assembly point
Irish Club
Townsville 1 May  10am for 10.30am march
Anzac Park 
Strand Park
Weipa 29 April   7am walk or run
the roundabout opposite the Weipa Hospital
Weipa Parkrun Track
BBQ breakfast

 Authorised by Graham Moloney, General Secretary, Queensland Teachers' Union