24 April 2018 | No. 05-18 | Download as PDF



Monday 7 May is Labour Day.  On this day, the labour movement gathers to celebrate the immense and important contribution it has made historically, and continues to make, for all Australians. Queensland proudly has the biggest Labour Day celebration in Australia, and we want you to join with us in making the 2018 celebration a fantastic one. 

Importantly, this year the celebrations will focus on the ACTU’s “Change the Rules” campaign. The Australia we once knew has gone, because the rules that made our country fair are broken. Working people, and the students we teach, need better and stronger rights at work to ensure jobs are secure and wages are fair. We need to re-write the rules to achieve this. 

Teachers are also campaigning for Fair Funding Now. Short-changed by the current federal government, we want funding to ensure every school gets to the Schooling Resource Standard ASAP.

ACTU Secretary Sally McManus will be in Brisbane for the city’s Labour Day celebrations, and will be joining Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk in the main tent at the RNA Showgrounds, where they will be addressing the crowd from midday.

Members, their friends and families are invited to join the fun and celebrate with us.  A supply of T-shirts and hats will be available for QTU members (stocks are limited, so get there early or bring yours from last year!). 

Brisbane marchers should assemble at 9.30am on the corner of Wharf and Turbot Streets, Spring Hill, for a 10.00am start. The march will be followed by a festival for the whole family at the RNA Showgrounds, Bowen Hills, with free children’s rides, live music and barbecue. Transport will be available along the route for those with walking issues. 

There are also regional celebrations, which are taking place across the Labour Day weekend.

2018 Regional Labour Day celebrations

Region Day & date March assembly time and place Festival / family fun day venue
Barcaldine Monday 7 May 2018 9.15am Willow Street to travel along Oaks Street
Blackwater Monday 7 May 2018 8am corner of Mackenzie Street and Littlefield Street Family fun weekend Sunday and Monday PCYC Blackwater (until Midnight Sunday, 5pm Monday)
Bundaberg Saturday 5 May 2018 10am Riverside Parklands, Quay St, Bundaberg 11am ANZAC Park
Cairns Saturday 5 May 2018 3.30pm Fogarty Park, Esplanade, Cairns 5.00pm Fogarty Park, Esplanade, Cairns
Emu Park Sunday 6 May 2018 11am - 5pm Labour Day Family Picnic Bell Park
Gold Coast Sunday 6 May 2018 9.30 Woodroffe Park, Southport Southern Lawn, Southport Broadwater Parklands (across from Queen Street)
Gladstone Monday 7 May 2018 9.45am Gladstone Council Chambers Car Park, Central Lane Area E, Gladstone Marina Parkland, Bryan Jordan Drive
Ipswich Saturday 5 May 2018 1.30pm Timothy Maloney Park, Ellensborough Street, Woodend From 3pm Timothy Maloney Park, Ellensborough Street, Woodend
Mackay Monday 7 May 2018 9am Corner River and Gregory St, Mackay Queens Park, Goldsmith St, Mackay
Maryborough Sunday 6 May 2018 Waterside Workers Union Hall, Wharf Street
Moranbah Monday 7 May 2018 9.30am Cnr Mills Avenue and Tallon St, Moranbah Town Square, Moranbah
Rockhampton Monday 7 May 2018 8.30am Riverside car park, Archer Street, Rockhampton Family fun day 9.30am after march
Thursday Island Friday 18 May 2018 5.00pm Post office
Sunshine Coast Sunday 6 May 2018 Family fun day 10am Pierce Park, Cnr Alexandra Pde and Melrose Pde, Cotton Tree
Tieri Monday 7 May 2018 7am march Tieri State School Event after march Tieri Touch Fields
Toowoomba Saturday 5 May 2018 10.30am TRC car park, Station Street, Toowoomba 12.00pm Irish Club, Russell Street, Toowoomba
Townsville Monday 7 May 2018 10.00amStrand Park, The Strand 11.00am Strand Park after march
Weipa Saturday 5 May 2018 7am at the roundabout opposite the Weipa Hospital

Have your say on Climate Control

A reminder to Union representatives that the fifth data collection point for the climate control census is during week 3 this term.  The census will open again on Monday 30 April 2018 and close on Friday 4 May 2018. More information here.

It is important that the QTU gathers the data across the year to have current evidence to support the need for climate control within Queensland state schools.

 Authorised by Graham Moloney, General Secretary, Queensland Teachers' Union