Jim praises work of unions
JIM TULLEY signed up to a union with his first pay and said it made his life liveable.
'It created safe working conditions and protected me from arrogant, ignorant management and government,' Mr Tulley said.
At 72, after working in industry and unions, he said unions were more relevant than ever.
'It was a fraternity of men, tradesmen, who stuck together, who made decisions and took them to the boss. We negotiated every chance we got,' Mr Tulley said.
'If we didn't get it, we protested. You can't protest as much as before but I think that's going to change with the industrial relations proposals.'
For people like Mr Tulley, Labour Day was a celebration of the eight hour working day and improved conditions.
With industrial relations reforms proposed they said it explained the strong turnout for the march and increasing support for unions.
Union officials estimated the turnout to be double last year's at about 400.
Union supporters, families and dogs turned up for the march down Goondoon Street at 10am before gathering at Friend Park for a barbecue.