The annual May Day March will be happening on Sunday 6 May 2018, with speeches, food, live music and entertainment for all.

In anticipation of May Day 2018, NUW NSW is taking a trip down memory lane.

Way way back when…

Spanning back to the 1880’s, May Day is an important opportunity to remember the hard-fought win by workers and the union movement to secure the eight-hour working day and to improve workers’ conditions.

The Federation of Organized Trades and Labor union’s national convention in Chicago in 1884 proclaimed; “eight hours shall constitute a legal day’s labor from and after May 1, 1886.”

Two years later, more than 300,000 US workers walked off their job in the first ever May Day celebration in history.

Since then, May Day events have been held all over the world, with workers uniting to campaign on a number of working conditions and social issues.

On the home front, Australia’s first May Day event was held in 1891 by shearers in Barcaldine, Queensland.

In more recent times…

 With so much at stake for the working class, May Day is an important opportunity to come together and fight back for a better future.

In recent years, we have seen the gap between rich and poor widen, drastic cuts to penalty rates, deterioration in permanent secure employment, all while the cost of living is soaring.

May Day 2018 is an event not to be missed – let’s make this year’s May Day the biggest we’ve ever seen.

Let’s stand united to win better pay and defend working conditions for all.

Together, the collective cries of the working class will not be ignored.

Stay tuned – more information on May Day 2018 to come…

Leave a comment