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Labour Day march in Gladstone focuses on asset sales

SOLIDARITY: Workers will march on Labour Day to the Gladstone Marina.
SOLIDARITY: Workers will march on Labour Day to the Gladstone Marina. Brenda Strong

SELLING off Gladstone's assets will be a key focus for this year's Labour Day march as unions from around the region come together as a mark of solidarity.

The march will go ahead on Monday despite the public holiday now occurring in October.

Electrical Trade Union Central Queensland organiser Craig Giddins said workers would be giving up a day's pay to participate in the march, but he wasn't concerned that this would affect numbers.

"We always get hundreds down there," he said.

"It's the second year that it's not been on the public holiday. We'll do it every year until it's moved back.

"We are the only area that will be marching on the traditional day."

Mr Giddins said the only downside was that some professions wouldn't be able to take part in the march.

"Teachers have to go to the Rockhampton one on Sunday because they are locked into the classroom," he said.

Australian Manufacturing Workers Union state organiser Phil Golby said it was important to keep marching on the first Monday of May.

"There was never any consultation on moving the traditional day in the first place," he said.

"It may not be very important for Campbell Newman, but it's very important to unionists."

Union representatives will meet at 9.30am for a 10am start at the corner of Auckland and William Sts, before making their way to the Gladstone Marina for live music, union games and speeches.

Among the guests will be Queensland Labor leader Annastacia Palaszczuk and ETU state organiser Stuart Traill, who will talk about privatisation.

Topics:  annastacia palaszczuk, asset sales, gladstone, labour day, union



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