Canberra unions to rally TOMORROW to change the rules

As part of the national union movement’s 12 Days of Action, unions in Canberra will be rallying on May Day to call for Australia’s broken workplace laws to be changed.

Rally Details

Location:         Corner Childers St and University Av in Civic

Time:               12:30pm – 1:30pm

Date:                Tuesday 1 May 2018

Speakers at the rally will include Alex White (UnionsACT Secretary), a Catholic school teacher, a security guard, and a casual ANU academic.

The rally is part of the national Change the Rules campaign to ensure secure jobs and decent pay, and restore the authority of the independent umpire.

Workers will rally at the corner of Childers St and University Av in Civic, then march to the Fair Work Commission at 21 University Avenue.

The rally is part of the largest mobilisation of working people in Australia since the Your Rights at Work campaign a decade ago.

Interview opportunities

There are opportunities leading up to the rally on Monday and Tuesday to interview Mr White, and the following rank-and-file union members about the Change the Rules campaign.

Shona Lee-Haddon

Shona is originally from NZ and worked as a security guard in Sydney before moving to Canberra. She can discuss the need for industry wide bargaining.

Leah Bayin

Leah has taught in Catholic primary schools in Canberra for the last 10 years. She was involved in taking protected industrial action during difficult bargaining arrangements. She can discuss the need for the basic right of arbitration.

The following quotes are attributable to Alex White, Secretary of UnionsACT:

“Workers in Canberra know that big business has too much power and they’re misusing it to avoid paying taxes, rip-off customers and steal wages from workers.

“That’s why workers are ready to take action and rally to change the rules to restore balance to our laws, and ensure there are secure jobs and decent wages for all.”