Peter proud of workers parade
PETER Lyon was among the hundreds of union supporters who paraded through Rockhampton yesterday to remember those who have fought for workers' rights across Australia.
Mr Lyon is a proud member of the 160-year-old Australian Manufacturing Workers Union.
He carried a banner on Labour Day for the AMWU to show his respect and appreciation for past members who had made many sacrifices to promote the rights of workers in Australia.
The construction industry worker believed every employee owed much to the battles of union members who had gone before.
"I get a lot of benefits from the people (who came) before me so I want to give a bit back," he said.
Mr Lyon said strong unions were an important part of keeping Australian workplaces fair and safe.
He said unions not only fought for fair pay and conditions but also helped save lives with the promotion of safe work practices.
"Ultimately we're the ones who do these dangerous jobs. You have a right to come home alive," he said.
Mr Lyon said the family-orientated day was for all workers across all industries in Australia.
The union supporters first held a minute's silence to show respect for workers who have lost their life on the job, followed with a march down Victoria Pde.
Queensland Council of Unions Rockhampton secretary Craig Allen estimated about 1000 people took part in the march and gathering afterwards, a little down on last year's figures.
He called on the Queensland Labor party to learn from the recent election loss and once more listen to its rank and file members.