Craig Allen prepares children’s bags for this year’s Labour Day March.
Craig Allen prepares children’s bags for this year’s Labour Day March. Chris Ison

Craig set for a big Labour Day

SOME 150 kilograms of sausages, 40 kilos of onions, 1000 cans of soft drink and 500 kids' bags filled with chips, lollies and toys.

Craig Allen is ready for the workers.

Craig is helping organise Monday's Labour Day activities in Rockhampton.

Yesterday he said he expected a big turnout of about 700 people for Monday's march.

This year's march is again led by members of the Darumbal community, followed by the National Union of Retired Workers.

Third up are members of the Queensland Rail Tram and Bus Union, which this year celebrates its 125th anniversary.

Craig said the big issues the unions were pushing were the injustices of past indigenous workers having wages stolen, getting a fairer deal for workers in the construction industry and the assets sell-off.

“Betrayals of trust are the hardest to overcome,” Craig said.

He said he had no idea what sort of reception Rockhampton region state MPs Robert Schwarten and Paul Hoolihan would get at this year's march.

A host of free activities had been planned for Monday, including a sausage sizzle and children's rides at the festivities after the march.

Meanwhile, a Labour Day family picnic will be held at Bell Park, Emu Park, tomorrow from 11am to 5pm.

Planned activities include the Doreen Sleeman Memorial Broom Throwing Competition and the inaugural Harry Sleeman Memorial Sandal Throwing Competition.

For other Labour Day activities across the region go to the Queensland Council of Unions website, www.qcu.asn.au, and follow the links.



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