2013 MAY DAY MAGAZINE
‘2013 MAY DAY CELEBRATIONS AND HOLIDAY WEEKEND IS HERE’
‘May Day’ has enjoyed over a century of recognition both internationally and within Australia (since 1890). Locally the community will commemorate the 2013 Northern Territory celebrations, with a dinner Saturday evening, union awards, a workers’ march and free concert/picnic on the May Day public holiday next Monday 6 May at Bicentennial Park from 5pm.
This weekend’s celebrations include a Union dinner and awards at the Railway Institute Parap, the launch of a 2013 May Day Magazine and poster, the workers’ march, a free concert and a picnic.
Unions NT Secretary Alan Paton invites Top End workers, their families, visitors and the broader community to participate in the workers’ march on Monday from 4pm at the corner of Woods and Knuckey Streets as well as enjoying food, drinks and entertainment including kids jumping castles, face painting, BBQs, food stalls and a free concert with local bands Skarlett, Bloody Marys and Horse Trank at Bicentennial Park from 5pm.
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 generally 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 actual and proposed resources projects, albeit welcome local employment” said Mr Paton.
Over the past year NT union members have benefitted from local, national and international union initiatives and collaboration including:
· New NT health and safety and workers’ compensation legislation;
· Training and skilling opportunities for the local workforce to build capacity to meet future industry and resource development challenges;
· An ‘equal pay’ case decision for the non-government and community sector with large phased in pay increases for both local and national workers in those sectors over the next few years;
· Key national campaigns in the Aged Care and Child Care sectors;
· A national asbestos review and steps to eliminate asbestos from the built environment
· Timor Leste workers, supported by Unions NT funded health and safety organisers, securing new national employment and health and safety legislation
· Battles with a new NT Government fighting over who its leaders might be, the rising costs of living in the NT and hell bent on job and service cuts, the imposition of new utility charges and increased prices and moves to privatise some government provided services
A range of awards to recognise exemplary NT service during the past 12 months by workplace delegates, health and safety representatives, workplace members, industrial campaigns, union organisers and officials will be presented on Saturday evening at the Railway Institute Parap.
The May Day Magazine has been released electronically and is also available in hard copy from Unions NT. Access to the magazine is also available via the Unions NT web site, Ibooks and from NT unions said Mr Paton..
NT unions and Unions NT look forward to Top End workers and visitors to Darwin enjoying the May Day public holiday activities on Monday 6 May.
For further information contact Alan Paton at Unions NT on 89 410001 or 0427415713
Published: 03 May 2013
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