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Workers down tools for CFMEU rally against Labour Day change

THEY came, they waved, they shouted, they fist-pumped and then they went for a beer.

Hundreds of construction workers downed tools on Monday to take part in a CFMEU organised rally through the streets of Brisbane to voice their disapproval at the Queensland Government's controversial decision in 2012 to shift Labour Day celebrations from May to October and impose right of entry laws

Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie moved Labour Day celebrations in August, 2012, claiming the government needed to spread out the public holidays across the year.

Unions across the state said they would never recognise the move and would continue to celebrate Labour Day in May as it had been done for the past century.

Protesters converged outside the executive building on George Street chanting "We are the union, the mighty, mighty union" before shouting "Campbell Newman, Jarrod Bleijie, May Day stays in bloody May," ensuring their voices could be heard upstairs where a Cabinet meeting was talking place.

Bob Katter addresses protestors at the CFMEU organsied rally in the Brisbane CBD on Monday, May 5, 2014. Picture: Adam Davies
Bob Katter addresses protestors at the CFMEU organsied rally in the Brisbane CBD on Monday, May 5, 2014. Picture: Adam Davies

Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter addressed the protestors telling them that he supported an employer's right to sack workers but he also supported worker's rights to walk off job sites.

"I believe the employer has the right to take your job away any time he pleases," he said.

"But you also have the right to withdraw your labour.

"If they want to have the right to sack then we must have to right to withdraw our labour."

CFMEU construction president David Hanna said a campaign would be launched to ensure the Newman Government only served one term in office.

"We want you to stand up," he said.

"We want you to speak out.

"But most of all we want you to come home."

CFMEU organised protest in the Brisbane CBD on Monday, May 5, 2014. Picture: Adam Davies
CFMEU organised protest in the Brisbane CBD on Monday, May 5, 2014. Picture: Adam Davies

Topics:  cfmeu jarrod bleijie labour day public holidays rally



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