24 April 2018 | No. 05-18 | Download as PDF
We want to CHANGE THE RULES
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