May Day March

labour_day_flyer_(Brisbane)Brisbane Labour Day March & Family Fun Day 2015

Come celebrate the achievements of working people past and present by marching with your union this Labour Day – Sunday May 3 2015.

The march will commence on the corner of Wharf and Turbot Streets, Spring Hill at 10am and finish for a Family Fun Day at the RNA Showgrounds – with drinks, food, music, events and rides courtesy of your union.

Contact your union for more information.

Click here to download a flyer you can print and hang up at work, town or hand to your friends. 

WHEN: May 03, 2015 at 10am – 4pm

WHERE: Corner of Wharf and Turbot Streets
Wharf and Turbot Streets
Spring Hill, Queensland 4000
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CONTACT: Renee Kempin · · (07) 3010 2555


5 thoughts on “May Day March

    1. March on May 1st? ... says:

      Good question … in the forty years I have been going to Labour Day Marches, the ALP has never celebrated International Workers Day on May 1st.

      The ALP celebrates Labour Day which falls on the first Monday in May and, until Campbell-Newmann changed it to October, this was always a public holiday.

      When Opposition Leader, Annastacia Palaszczuk said: “Labour Day will always be in May just as it has been since the state’s first Labour Day march was held in Barcaldine in 1891 by striking shearers.”

      In my living memory, the unions have fallen in behind the ALP choosing to march on Labour Day, not 1st May.

      in solidarity

  1. QCU's position ... says:

    QCU take on this issue is below …

    Dear ian

    Labour Day provides us with the opportunity to reflect upon the achievements of workers and their unions for our community.

    Queenslanders have celebrated Labour Day in May for more than 100 years — even when the Newman Government moved the public holiday to October.

    Even though the Labour Day public holiday will not return to May until 2016, Labour Day is on throughout the weekend of May 2 and 3 — and across the state from Cairns all the way down to the Gold Coast — with marches and family fun days with free rides, music and events and food and drinks available.

    The big Brisbane march commencing on Sunday May 3 at 10am.

    To find information about the Labour Day activities in your area, follow this link.

    Labour Day recognises the vast majority of the community who go about their jobs with little or no recognition. It shows that union values are community values. It’s all about getting a fair go.

    Please join us for a March and Family Fun Day on the Labour Day weekend.

    I look forward to seeing you there.

    John Battams
    Queensland Council of Union

    1. Latest news ... says:

      Because of the torrential rain experienced throughout much of the state there have been some changes to Labour Day events this weekend. Please review the below list to see if there are any changes to the events in your local area.

      Rain, hail or shine the Brisbane Labour Day march will be starting from Wharf Street, Spring Hill at 10am Sunday 3 May. Make sure you get there early to march with your union.

      Then join us at the RNA Showgrounds for rides, food, drinks and events courtesy of your union.

      The March will proceed rain, hail or shine. But the Family Fun Day has been moved from Blair State School to the Workers’ Club/ Trades Hall at 4 Bell Street, Ipswich. A bus transfer will take people to the festivities from the march. There will still be a BBQ and family fun activities and a coffee van available. Please note: Kid’s rides have been cancelled for safety. 
      March: 10am Saturday 2 May, Blair State School 
      Family Fun Day: Trades Hall, 4 Bell Street, Ipswich

      If it is raining when the march is due to start, it will be cancelled and it is straight to the Irish Club for celebrations as originally planned. 
      March: 10:30am Saturday 2 May 
      Family Fund Day: The Irish Club, Russell Street

      The Maryborough Labour Day activities have been moved from Riverside Parklands, to the Maryborough Town Hall, Kent Street, Maryborough QLD 4650

      Gold Coast 
      The Gold Coast march and Family Fun Day will proceed as planned. 
      March:1PM Saturday 2 May 154a Scarborough Street, Southport 
      Family Fun Day: Southport Broadwater Parklands Southern End

      All other events are as planned, but please keep checking the website at:

      Have fun this weekend. March proud with your unions. 

      Ros McLennan
      Assistant Secretary 
      Queensland Council of Unions

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