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‘2012 MAY DAY 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 2012 Northern Territory celebrations, with a workers’ march free concert/picnic on the May Day public holiday next Monday.

This weekend’s celebrations include a Union dinner and awards at the Sky City Casino, a launch of a 2012 May Day Magazine, the workers march, a free concert and a picnic.

Unions NT Secretary Adam Lampe invited Top End workers and their families 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 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 an impending LNG project, albeit a welcome NT project” said Mr Lampe.

In 2012 NT union members have benefitted from local, national and international union initiatives and collaboration including:

 

·   New NT health and safety and workers compensation legislation;

·   A local union organiser (Erina Early of United Voice)  recently winning 
     the ACTU’s best Australian union organiser award;

·   Training and skilling opportunities for the local workforce to build 
     capacity to meet future industry and resource development;

·   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;

·   A key national campaign arising from an inquiry into job security which 
     will impact the NT in future;

·   Timor Leste workers, supported by NT funded health and safety 
     organisers, securing new national employment and health and safety 
     legislation

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 Sky City Casino. 
 
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 Lampe.

NT unions and Unions NT look forward to Top End workers and visitors to Darwin enjoying the holiday activities on Monday 7 May.

 

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

Published: 03 May 2012

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