Labour Day: a celebration of solidarity
Queensland Teachers' Journal, Vol 123 No 2, 9 March 2018, p25
Your QTU will be joining with other unions in statewide events across the Labour Day long weekend (5-7 May). Be sure to mark the date on your calendar and come along with your family and friends to join in the celebrations.
We have many reasons to celebrate and be #unionproud – and Labour Day is the day to publicly show our communities that the union movement is alive, strong and working for a better Australia.
Labour Day is a tremendously significant time for us as members of the QTU to stand together publicly and proudly, and to stand in solidarity with other unions. In marking the public holiday and the long weekend, we honour the history, the achievements and the people who struggled and persevered, and the social values that we stand for. Importantly, we know that even as we continue in our current campaigns and defend public education, we must also be part of this wider collective, and stand together in solidarity, and speak up for those without a voice. It’s what unions do.
This Labour Day ,the focus will be strongly on the ACTU “Change the Rules” Campaign. The Australia we once knew, that our parents experienced, is not the reality anymore because the rules that made our country fair are broken.
We are building a movement to change the rules to bring fairness back to Australia. Wage growth is the lowest it’s ever been, but profits are up. Inequality is at a 70 year high. 40 per cent of the workforce is now in insecure work. A whole generation does not know what it is like to have a paid sick day or a paid holiday. And the richest 1 per cent of Australians owns more wealth than the bottom 70 per cent of Australian citizens combined.
There is an answer to all this. Working people need better and stronger rights at work to ensure jobs are secure and our wages are fair. We need to re-write the rules to achieve this.
Specific details of the state’s Labour Day events will be made available on our website as they are confirmed.
Penny Spalding, Assistant Secretary Women and Social Welfare Issues