A day for workers

Theo Bougatsas

This year’s May Day events will celebrate and acknowledge the contribution made by all workers to our nation’s wellbeing, particularly in the context of the forthcoming federal election and the continual erosion of workers’ rights.

The Sydney May Day parade on Sunday May 1 will start at Belmore Park and conclude at Victoria Park, where there will be rides for the kids in order to make May Day a family-friendly affair.

Federation hopes many members will attend to highlight the union’s campaigns, most notably Gonski. People are asked to assemble at 11am for the march. May Day commemorates large strikes and demonstrations that took place around May 1 and culminated in the Haymarket Affair in Chicago in 1886. Australia has strong historical links to the date as well, particularly in reference to the struggle for the eight-hour day.

The day is as much about maintaining and fighting for our rights as honouring those who gave to the struggle.

In addition, the Toast to May Day will be held on April 29 at 6pm at The Workers Bar & Kitchen at Level 1, 292 Darling Street, Balmain. The cost is $50.

Please email Theo Bougatsas for additional information.

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