Gearing up for Labour Day in Townsville this Sunday

Posted May 2, 2014 by Together Queensland

The union of public sector workers says Labour Day at Townsville is shaping up as one of the stellar events of the year as anger burns about the number of public sector jobs axed at Townsville 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.”

Townsville organiser Billy Colless said, “In 2012, 1500 jobs were axed from Townsville and in 2013 working conditions were attacked and service cuts continued. 

“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 Townsville families, $6 million is being spent on ads about debt.

“We have been hearing from people from Ingham to Mount Isa and they are angry about this government’s lack of support for north Queensland.

“This Labour Day we are standing up for jobs and services for our Townsville and North Queensland communities.

“Every day is another day north Queensland 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 Townsville, the Labour Day March starts at 10:30am at ANZAC Park, followed by Family Fun from noon at Strand Park, North Ward, Townsville.

Interviews are available at Townsville this Friday May 2, 2014


Authorised Alex Scott, Secretary, Together.
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