Hunter Workers will stage its annual May Day Parade on Hamilton’s Beaumont Street this weekend to celebrate International Workers Day.
The union, formerly known as the Newcastle Trades Hall Council, regularly campaigns to improve the lives, wages, working conditions and social services for all employees and their families within the Hunter Valley.
And, this year’s procession – on Saturday 1 May, from 10am – will recognise and honour essential workers who have been on the frontline of COVID-19, risking their lives and health.
Attendees are requested to assemble at 9.30am at the Hamilton Station car park.
“In the past few months, healthcare personnel have been working hard to distribute and administer vaccines to our frontline workers, so they can continue carrying out the work that keeps Australia running,” Hunter Workers secretary Leigh Shears said.
“In Australia, our essential workers have braved floods, bushfires and droughts, all while providing us with the necessary services we need to function as a community.
“So, we’re inviting everyone to march down Beaumont Street tomorrow (1 May) to say a big thank you to our frontline and essential workers.”
Nationally and internationally, May Day has a rich history of union action and workers’ rights wins.
“More than 160 years ago, Australian workers began the struggle for shorter working hours, eventually winning the right to 40-hour weeks and eight-hour days,” Mr Shears said.
“Since then workers, through their unions, have achieved more improvements in conditions, of which many are considered to be basic standard to our community, such as penalty rates, access to universal health and education.
“International Workers Day is now acknowledged each 1 May.
“It sees workers marching to commemorate and celebrate the rich history of their struggle.
“And, we will continue to campaign for the things that matter for all workers across the region. “