Unions march for fair rights
HUNDREDS of placard-waving workers paraded through the city centre on Saturday for the Toowoomba Labour Day march.
Unionists gathered at the Village Green on Ruthven Street for a flag ceremony before hitting the streets with placards reading “One contract for all” and “Not happy: New hope”.
“The ALP’s got to realise that they’ve got to go back to ground roots,” Australian Federated Union of Locomotive Employees member Sam Brotherton said before the march.
“They’ve got to ask themselves would those shearers standing around under the tree of knowledge be happy with the ALP of today?
“I think the answer would be no.”
Far from Sunday beret-donning Che Guevarians, these were passionate Australian workers with a real message for the government.
Queensland Council of Unions Toowoomba president Chris McGraw said the union movement was all about “moving forward, and never taking a step backwards”.
“It’s the responsibility of every worker to make sure that those who follow them have at least equal or better conditions than they had.
“The union movement will never let us go back.”