It’s time to unite as one for May Day

Published: 13 Apr 2018

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Patrick's dispute victory this May Day as we start another war to Change the Rules.

It's a time to stand up for your union, family and community values.

Labour hire, the ABCC and Building Code plus other issues have to be changed.

If we sit back and do nothing, nothing is all we'll get.

See guest speaker Sally McManus.

March proudly with a Eureka Flag and tell Turnbull you won't have it banned!!

Free entertainment, BBQ, Fantastic gifts for our CFMEU kids and the traditional Mayday Shirt!

Here to Stay. Here for the Blue. Be here on May 6th

Fremantle Esplanade from 10am - MARCH with us at 12 Noon.

More Info: May Day Invite: https://bit.ly/2JH7Zy7

 

A short history of May Day

May Day has always been a major rallying event for our union members and their families. Held in May each year, it’s a time for people to get together to celebrate union values and the achievements that have been won for workers over the past 160 years by the union movement.

Building and construction unions in Western Australian have always been at the forefront when it comes to participating at the annual May Day march and picnic.

It’s both a day of celebration and remembrance. There have been many battles over 160 years by unions and their members to win the wages and working conditions we all enjoy today. Along the way, unionists have been killed, jailed and persecuted for standing up for workers’ rights.

May Day originated during the 1880s as unions around the world united in the struggle to obtain an 8-hour work day for all. Following a long and sometimes violent struggle, May 1st was officially recognised as a day of demonstration in 1893.

Australia's May Day activities officially began in 1890, although some workers had achieved the eight hour day as early as 1856, when the Stonemason’s in Victoria downed tools in protest to win the 8 hour day, the ‘Stoney’s’ as they were called went on to become a part of today’s CFMEU.

As more and more workers won the reduction in hours by solidarity and industrial action, the day was proclaimed as a holiday in all the states and became known as Labour Day.

In 1948 when the WA State Labor Party decided to move the holiday to March and then to abandon the procession altogether, Fremantle stepped in. The port's unions decided to continue the traditional event in May and were joined by a number of WA unions. Since 1952 it has been one of the city's most colourful demonstrations of working class solidarity.