NTEU Members Show Solidarity on May Day
Thousands of unionists, community activists and supporters including a large NTEU contingent filled the Fremantle Esplanade on Sunday in a demonstration of strength and solidarity. The event kicked off with the traditional May Day March through the streets of Fremantle with a rainbow of coloured flags and banners quickly filling the busy Cappuccino Strip. Onlookers cheered, and snapped away with camera phones, as megaphones issued calls of protest against job cuts, privatisation and highlighted a plethora of social justice issues. A throng of newly graduated Notre Dame University students, chanted ‘The Workers United’, as the NTEU marched past, with its trade mark purple flags held high.
The Marchers returned to the esplanade to the sound of bagpipes, and the live entertainment and sausage sizzle feasting began. Kids were treated to face painting, farm animals and rides, while the adults enjoyed the great line up of inspiring speeches from union and social activists, as well as comedians and musicians on the big stage.
The May Day event, held every year on the first Sunday of May is an important commemoration of the struggle and sacrifice of the union members who for more than a century have fought for the pay and conditions that so many of us enjoy today. Getting together under our banners reminds us of the importance of continuing their struggle to further improve the lives of working people, and protecting our achievements for future generations to enjoy.
If you’d like to know more about May Day and the annual event in Fremantle, please get in touch with NTEU WA May Day Coordinator, Jason Tebbutt at email@example.com. A big thanks to all those who took part in the celebrations this year, and to those who didn’t make it, we look forward to marching with you next year!