WATCH: Unions shut down Gladstone streets as rallies begin
HUNDREDS of union members have gathered in Gladstone's centre for a May Day rally which has already brought passionate scenes to the city streets.
Sections of Roseberry St and William St have been shut down after being swamped by members who are expected to turn onto Goondoon St shortly.
United Voice union member Shelly Holzeimer said she's marching to make sure workers get a "good say" and a "good deal".
Ms Holzeimer said United Voice members -- workers from a range of industries, including hospitality and cleaning -- "for too long have been forgotten".
It's expected to be a politically charged rally that will attract big numbers as it's the first May Day since Labor Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk reinstated the public holiday to its traditional day on the first Monday of May after it was moved by Campbell Newman.
Ms Holzeimer said May Day was "back where it belongs".
Recent cuts in Gladstone's major industries are also expected to be a hot topic when union leaders take to address members.