Rockhampton workers are set to pound the pavement in the Labour Day parade. Getting a fairer deal for workers and the assets sell-off are the top issues to be pushed.
Rockhampton workers are set to pound the pavement in the Labour Day parade. Getting a fairer deal for workers and the assets sell-off are the top issues to be pushed. CHRIS ISON

700 marchers tipped for Labour Day

LABOUR Day celebrations started at Emu Park yesterday with a family picnic at Bell Park.

The coast celebrations included live bands, raffles, races, a barbecue lunch and other fun competitions.

Festivities continue today with the annual march and celebrations to be held in Rockhampton.

Queensland Council of Unions Rockhampton secretary Craig Allen said he was well prepared with 150 kilograms of sausages, 40kg of onions, 1000 cans of soft drink and 500 bags filled with chips, lollies and toys for children.

He told The Bulletin he was expecting a crowd of about 700 today.

The march will be led by members of the Darumbal community, followed by the National Union of Retired Workers, then members of the Queensland Rail Tram and Bus Union.

Mr Allen said the big issues the unions were pushing included the past injustice of withholding former Aboriginal workers’ wages, seeking a fairer deal for workers in the construction industry and the state assets sell-off.

The march will start from the Riverside car park in Archer St at 9am, followed by a day of family fun at the children’s playground area at Victoria Park from 9.30am.



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