Queensland unions vow to keep May Labour Day tradition

QUEENSLAND unions will continue to celebrate Labour Day in May despite a State Government decision to move the public holiday towards the end of the year.

Following an executive meeting in Mackay this week, the Queensland Council of Unions decided marches and celebrations next year would be held on Sunday, May 5, 2013.

It follows a government decision two months ago the Labour Day holiday would be moved to the first Monday in October, in line with other states.

QCU President John Battams said the Attorney-General did not talk to unions before switching the day.

"Workers will continue to celebrate Labour Day at the same time they have for the past 110 years," Mr Battams said.

"It's not up to the LNP to tell workers when they should celebrate union successes such as the establishment of the eight-hour day, workplace health and safety, the establishment of the living wage and the basic commitment to a fair day's pay for a fair day's work.

"These are hard-won victories that benefit workers and the general community."

When the announcement to move the Labour Day holiday was made Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie said Queensland would be in line with New South Wales, South Australia and the ACT.

Labour Day was officially declared a public holiday in 1901 and first celebrated in 1891.


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