NUW Members celebrate May Day 2012
The NUW was also celebrating one hundred years since the foundation of the Storemen and Packers Union, one of the biggest unions that amalgamated to create the National Union of Workers.
NUW history has seen workers campaign and fight for workers rights in and outside the workplace; being at the forefront of the fight for universal superannuation so that workers have dignity after work is just one example. This year our Union is beginning a new whole of Union campaign to demand dignity and security at work for all workers. Jobs you can count on.
Permanents and casual members, labour hire and workers on dodgy contracts are saying enough is enough - every worker counts; every worker has the right to be represented by a union and to be a representative of a union, every workers has the right to be financially secure, every worker has the right to plan their future and their families future, and every worker has the right to be safe at work.
May Day is a day to recognise the wins that workers have fought for in the past and to call for the injustices of today to be fixed. The NUW Jobs you can count on campaign is for all workers to demand these rights and in Brisbane NUW members lead the charge.
Members from many different sites marched on May Day in Brisbane, including members from Golden Circle. Both permanent and casual workers related to the Jobs you can count on campaign personally. Many have worked for the company for years, but for some they have remained casual after applying for permanent positions several times. One woman spoke about being a casual for more than 20 years, she asked why they won't put her on permanent but they will keep her working full time hours. This sought of disrespect has to stop and we will keep people updated on a campaign for permanent jobs at Golden Circle - just one of our workplaces that can lead the charge in this campaign.
In Melbourne members of the NUW marched through the city to celebrate May Day on Sunday. Workers remembered the fight for the Eight Hour Day, the fight for freedom lead by miners in Ballarat and the fight against Howard's WorkChoices in recent years. Delegates and officials interviewd NUW members and other for the Union's first radio program due to start next Monday 14 May and then continuing on the first Monday of every month at 7am on 3CR, 855 AM, or podcast on the NUW website for members outside of Victoria.