Marchers go on air and online to celebrate worker wins

Unions and community supporters celebrated achievements of working people online over the weekend as Coronavirus restrictions prevent Queensland workers and community supporters from holding traditional Labour Day marches.

Labour Day 2020 in Queensland

Nothing is going to stop Queensland union members enjoying Labour Day in 2020 – the 129th observance of this celebration of workers’ achievements. #LD2020 #LabourDay2020Watch our tribute from 10AM Monday 4 May (AEST) to the workers keeping Queensland running during the pandemic. It's more important than ever that unions fight for decent wages and conditions, secure jobs, and workplace health and safety for all in our community. Michael Clifford CPSU – Community and Public Sector Union United Workers Union Queensland Nurses and Midwives' Union ETU Queensland & NT Maritime Union of Australia – QLD Branch AFULE AIMPE – Australian Institute of Marine & Power Engineers Transport Workers Union – Queensland Plumbers Union Qld CFMEU Manufacturing AMWU Qld & NT AMIEU Queensland Branch National Tertiary Education Union – Qld Division Queensland Teachers' Union The Services Union Together Queensland Independent Education Union – Queensland & Northern Territory Branch Professionals Australia MEAA Finance Sector Union of Australia Australian Workers' Union – Queensland Branch SDA – the Union for Workers in Retail, Fast Food & Warehousing CFMEU Mining and Energy QLD District CFMEU – Construction & General

Posted by Queensland Unions on Sunday, 3 May 2020
A Labour Day message from members, unions and community leaders.

Queensland Council of Unions General Secretary Michael Clifford made a video address to commemorate the 129th observance of Labour Day in Queensland.

“As we battle this pandemic it’s workers who are on the front lines.

“This Labour Day we celebrate and value those workers in healthcare, community safety, transport, in essential services, education and in retail and all those out there working hard protecting and caring for our communities in difficult circumstances.

“Our communities can count on them because most of these workers have secure jobs they can rely on, so you can rely on them.

“Fighting for secure jobs and healthier communities is central to why unions exist – to make our society better for all,” he said.

Unions fought for paid leave entitlements for workers, for universal superannuation, for stronger health and safety laws, for fair wages and conditions, as well as anti-discrimination and unfair dismissal legislation.

In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, unions have also been instrumental in making sure the federal government’s JobKeeper scheme included as many workers as possible.

Mr Clifford said Queenslanders tuned into regional and metropolitan radio stations for Labour-Day themed music, as well as workers posting pictures in your union gear to social media [https://www.facebook.com/QueenslandUnions].