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UNIONS LAUNCH ‘2012 MAY DAY MAGAZINE’

‘May Day’has enjoyed over a century of recognition both internationally and within Australia (since 1890) and to commemorate the 2012 Northern Territory celebrations which culminate with a workers’ march and concert/picnic and public holiday next Monday, Unions NT has today launched its May Day magazine.

Unions NT Secretary Adam Lampe welcomed the Magazine ‘as providing a different worker-related flavour, supplementing mainstream media reporting on issues impacting on workers and industry throughout the NT from a worker’s perspective.’

Territory unions and their members have much to acknowledge and celebrate over the past 12 months and going forward. “Our world is far broader than that reported in print and electronic media throughout the past year. It should come as no surprise that Territory union member’s lives have not been pre-occupied by an impending LNG project, albeit a welcome NT project” said Mr Lampe.

Various authors throughout the magazine report on:

·  The quest for Secure Jobs in Australia for all workers and feedback 
  from the findings of a current national inquiry into this matter;

·  Immigration and the foolish demonization of detainees for their plight;

·  New workplace health and safety and workers’ compensation laws in 
  the Territory promoting safer and healthier NT workplaces;

·  An Equal Pay case decision, local funding and its impact upon NT 
  workers;

·  Industrial agreements for apprentices in Gove;

·  The imminent NT Legislative Assembly elections;

·  An attack on the CLP as the ‘Guilty Party’ for its refusal to support 
  access to workers’ compensation protection to over 9000 NT 
  ABN workers;

·  75th celebrations of the Bombing of Darwin, Katherine and elsewhere in 
  the Top End;

·  The 45th anniversary of the Wave Hill Walk off and the earlier Newcastle 
  Waters walk off;

·  A dedicated worker health project focussing on Top End 
  construction workers;

·  Valuing a Strong Public sector;

·  The important role that work place union delegates play;

·  The impact of Union Aid abroad in developing countries and a report 
   on the Timor Leste elections;

·  Support for a National ‘right to strike’ campaign to legislate such 
  rights for workers;

·  The year of the Aboriginal Health Worker;

·  A national Big Steps campaign supporting the childcare sector’s push 
  for better funding, pay and conditions;

·  Support for the workers bank ‘ME Bank’ and its efforts to provide 
  better products, services and rates for workers;

·  Strategies to more effectively deal with Domestic Violence as an 
  industrial issue in our workplaces;

·  The Muckaty Station issue and the need for an evidence based approach 
  to the storage of nuclear waste;

·  A celebration of nearly 20 years of May Day posters. 
 

The May Day Magazine has been released electronically today and later this week will be available in hard copy. Access to the magazine will be via the Unions NT web site, Ibooks and from NT unions said Mr Lampe.

NT unions and Unions NT look forward to Top end workers joining Monday’s March from the corner of Woods and Knuckey Sts from 3.45pm and the Concert/picnic at Bicentennial Park, The Esplanade from 5pm.  Drinks, food, children’s entertainment and more will be available as part of the May Day celebrations.

 

For further information contact Mark Crossin at Unions NT on 89 410001 or 0404028514

Published: 30 Apr 2012

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