2012 MAY DAY PROJECT KICKS OFF
Unions NT has kicked off its 2012 May Day planning with the first meeting of the May Day Committee today
Officers and staff of several key unions and Unions NT considered a broad range of activities and strategies to ensure a well supported and diverse program for workers, their families and the Top End community.
Adam Lampe, Unions NT Secretary convened the first meeting and said that ‘2012 provides a range of opportunities through which the NT trade union movement can engage its members and supporters around celebrating the international campaign recognising workers and human rights.
For more than a century the trade union movement has lead public debate on work and human rights related reform in Australia. The Northern Territory has often been at the forefront of such activity advancing issues including workers rights more generally and more particularly women’s, indigenous, international and human rights reform.
2012 offers opportunities for unions and their members to continue to focus upon such issues as
- Maximising local education, employment and training opportunities;
- secure forms of employment for Northern Territory workers and the impact of
casualisation, temporary, fixed term contract and other tenuous forms of
employment as well as the impact of insecure work upon workers, their
families and the community;
- improving the education, training, employment, remuneration and self esteem
as well as the better community and industry engagement of those most
vulnerable members in our community;
- Improving community infrastructure and support services to meet
contemporary societal demands
- the often inhumane and poorly reported plight of asylum seekers and the
need for workers to support peoples fleeing violence and persecution in their
places of origin to seek support, safety, work and a better way of life in our
- a requirement of industry, government and employers to support and
maximise local training and employment opportunities particularly for our
youth, women and indigenous peoples in a growing local economy;
- initiatives across government, industry and the community to ensure better
protection of our environment;
- support for improved community engagement and public policy responses by
Mr Lampe commented that Unions NT will use the 2012 May Day celebrations as an opportunity to advance workers objectives and priorities through a diverse May Day events program which will include the May Day dinner, the traditional March from Woods St on the May Day public holiday, a picnic and concert involving local musicians and artists, food stalls, exhibitions, at Bicentennial Park The Esplanade on Monday 7 May, the production of a Magazine, posters and the promotion of the events to workers and the community
Local unions will engage their members in the May Day events through delegate and membership discussions, projects, publications, flyers, workplace visits, BBQs, poster and banner designs to maximise membership participation in celebrating the only named ‘May Day’ public holiday for workers in Australia. For further information on the 2012 May day project contact either Unions NT or your union.
For further information contact Adam Lampe or Mark Crossin at Unions NT on 8941 0001.
Published: 29 Jan 2012
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