Labour Day 2021
Queensland Teachers' Journal, Vol 126 No 3, 9 April 2021, page no.4
While COVID-19 resulted in Labour Day celebrations being cancelled last year, planning for the return of our march and family fun day celebrations in Brisbane are well under way for Monday 3 May.
We all welcome the return of the rides and festivities and the chance to catch up with our friends from the QTU and other unions. The Brisbane march will travel from the City to the RNA Showgrounds, and there will be a bus and transport available for small children and people with mobility issues who want to join in the celebration en route.
Some regional areas are still planning alternatives to the usual celebrations, and our Union will also support a range of these alternative arrangements to mark the importance and value of the trade union movement in COVID safe ways.
Our movement has a long and proud history. Our achievements are many and varied, including many of the things we take for granted today, such as the eight-hour day, weekends, paid leave, equal pay for equal work, penalty rates and the minimum wage. The struggle to maintain protections and improve workplace rights continues, as we saw with the Morrison government’s attacks on industrial relations via its IR Omnibus legislation.
Labour Day is an important chance to come together and reflect and celebrate union values and achievements. Details of statewide events, in all forms, will be distributed to members closer to the event. Please keep a look out for the Labour Day Newsflash and information.
We are also inviting members to share their best Labour Day photo/s via social media with the hashtag #QTULabourDay. A prize will be awarded for the best picture.