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May Day: a Q&A

May Day: a Q&A


1. What is May Day?
May Day, or International Workers Day, is an annual global celebration of the achievements of working people.
In WA we celebrate May Day on the first Sunday in May with a fun, family-oriented festival that brings together unionists, community groups and supporters to celebrate the achievements of the Labour movement.

2. Why do we celebrate May Day?
It’s important to recognize the wins of the Labour movement, and reflect on all that workers have fought for and won, such as:
Annual leave
Penalty rates
8 hour working day
Maternity leave
Collective bargaining
Unfair dismissal protection

It’s also a time to stand together and show our power in numbers.

This year, with employers coming after workers’ penalty rates, it is even more important to show a united front and use Sunday’s march to show we will continue the fight against pay cuts.

3. How do we celebrate May Day?
Unions across the states and territories will come together to hold their own festivals and marches, uniting Union officials, members, politicians, friends, families, and supporters in solidarity.
On Sunday May 7, WA will be celebrating in the park at Fremantle Esplanade, followed by a march through the streets.
This year we are celebrating the amazing work of Burgundy Wave members, who played a crucial role in campaigning to deliver a fresh new Labor Government for WA!

4. What can I do?
Come down to Fremantle Esplanade on Sunday May 7, wear your best burgundy attire, and get ready to make some noise.
The May Day Festival commences from 10am, and the march is at 12pm.
If you don’t know much about your local Unions, or you’d like to find out more, May Day is a brilliant opportunity to get the family together, take part in some fun activities, and help us say #WeDidIt!

5. Details
Sunday 7th May
9.30am to 2pm
Fremantle Esplanade
Wear your burgundy!