Billy Bragg joins us at the Fluro Fightback
Victorian Branch Secretary kicked off a rainy day at Southern Cross Station today in Melbourne, but the mood was anything but rainy. The NUW along with many other Unions took to the street to draw the link between the increase in poverty and the increase in insecure employment models.
ACTU President Ged Kearney was there and spoke about out the real world for people working in insecure jobs.
Former Deputy Prime Minister Brian Howe raised the roof, condemning the rise in poverty and the rise in working people that do not have enough work - he told the unionists and community supporters that something must be done at a workplace and a government level.
Mark Zirnsak of the Uniting Church followed and spoke about the values that need to influence our society and our employment model. He told the crowd about the ever increasing number of people that find themselves in a situation where they need to go to front line services run by organisations like the Uniting Church.
And the crowd swelled as our esteemed guest took to the microphone and lent his voice to the call for secure work and dignity and respect for all. Billy Bragg began with Woodies Guthrie's 'I ain't git no home' to a hushed crowd.
But the crowd changed mood when many a unionists favourite anthem began and Billy sung 'Power in our Union'!
You can watch the man in action here.
Next enter ex-Chaser Charles Firth playing boss in a very insecure version of musical chairs.
Now Australia really knows about our campaign: Jobs you can count on!
Lead by our members, because every worker counts!