Hilton proud to join Labour Day march
By REN LANZONnewsroom@gladstoneobserver.com.au
HILTON Carter is 72 and retired but, just as he has done for the past 50 years, he will again be joining the ranks of unionists to take part in today's Labour Day march.
'I admit that unions have been an influencing force in my life,' Hilton said.
'Without the unions, all the good working conditions enjoyed by Australian workers would never have been achieved.'
However, Hilton regrets the erosion of many of those conditions in recent years, and admits that the reason was partly because of some of the 'over the top actions' of a few unions.
He also bewailed the growing number of worker contracts these days.
'How can you expect a young counter assistant to stand up to the Coles and the Woolworths?' he asked.
'Unions need to regain some of their former strength to represent the workers of this country.
'They need to become more proactive ? and I don't necessarily mean they should go out on strike to achieve results.'
Hilton said he had been a member of the Australian Railway Union for most of his life ? since he began work at the age of 18. He said he would march today 'but if my legs look like giving out, I might just have to pull out'.