Gearing up for Labour Day at Bundaberg and Maryborough this weekend

Posted May 2, 2014 by Together Queensland

The union of public sector workers says Labour Day at Bundaberg and Maryborough is shaping up as one of the brightest events of the year as anger burns about the number of public sector jobs axed at Bundaberg and Maryborough since mid 2012.

Together Secretary Alex Scott said, “Workers are standing up for their rights.

“This Government has continually attacked workers’ rights and services for our community, like the services cut out of local hospitals, disability services and community recovery. We are standing up for jobs and services this weekend.”

Lead organiser Allison Finley-Bissett said, “In 2012, thousands of Bundaberg and Maryborough workers’ jobs were axed and in 2013 working conditions were attacked while service cuts continue.

“In 2014 the Attorney General is continuing to slash conditions and now the Federal Government is having a go at making it more expensive for all workers to access health care and other benefits, all of this is burning in our hearts and minds.

“Rather than focusing on the services and jobs that have been cut for Bundaberg and Maryborough families, $6 million is being spent on ads about debt.

“This Labour Day we are standing up for jobs and services for our Bundaberg and Maryborough communities.

“Every day is another day the Fraser Coast goes without services, that’s what is weighing on our minds this Labour Day.”

While the Newman Government moved the official Labour Day holiday to the second half of the year, the community will be celebrating the day in May.

One of the first May Day/Labour Day marches in Australia occurred on May 1, 1891 at Queensland, where more than 1000 people marched with banners.

Labour Day events are being conducted across 13 Queensland centres including Brisbane, Bundaberg, Cairns, Emu Park, Gladstone, Gold Coast, Ipswich, Mackay, Maryborough, Rockhampton, Thursday Island, Toowoomba and Townsville.

At Bundaberg the Labour Day march is this Saturday. People will assemble at 10:30am at Riverside Parklands, followed by Family Fun from 11am at Memorial Park, Wolca Street, Bundaberg North.

At Maryborough, the Labour Day March starts Sunday at ANZAC Park. It will be followed by Family Fun from 11am at the Queen's Park Rotunda, Sussex Street, Maryborough including a tug of war, face painting, kids’ rides and jumping castle, ice cream, sausage sizzle and reptile display to celebrate the day.

Interviews are available for Bundaberg and Maryborough media.


Authorised Alex Scott, Secretary, Together.
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