This May Day, United Voice celebrated 100 amazing years.
From humble beginnings of only 1420 members in Victoria and New South Wales, United Voice has grown to over 120,000 members across the country.
In WA, more than 200 members and their families came down to Fremantle Esplanade to celebrate the historic day.
There was a sausage sizzle run by United Voice Branch Executive, t-shirts and a cake celebrating 100 Years, proudly cut by proud life member Brian and Disability delegate Kehu.
Members proudly marched through the streets of Fremantle, leading the annual union parade, accompanied by a party-truck decked out in burgundy and balloons.
United Voice life member and former Branch President Brian Tennant said he would describe the day as “significant”.
“It’s significant because our union has celebrated 100 years in Australia,” he said.
“I found the day fantastic."
Brian has been a United Voice member since 1957, was Branch President for 12 years and was recently awarded an Order of Australia for social justice and law reform.
He says the biggest challenge now is to retain the conditions union members have fought so hard for.
One of his proudest achievements as a member was fighting for better pay and conditions. He campaigned for change in his workplace and saw dramatic changes.
“I went from being over-worked to a much fairer 9 day fortnight, with 25% loading and superannuation.”
Brian says it is important for union members to stand together.
“It’s important to be united; you’ll achieve a lot more.
“As the saying goes; United we stand, divided you fall.”
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