Natalia Muszkat with Lucas Beard, 7, Ben Pryke, 2, and sister Mae, 7, and Thomas Beard, 5.
Natalia Muszkat with Lucas Beard, 7, Ben Pryke, 2, and sister Mae, 7, and Thomas Beard, 5.

Workers celebrate Labour Day with families

A CHANGE in public holidays hasn't stopped the state's unions marching on May Day, but yesterday's day off for some was a great reason to celebrate families.

The second annual Union Picnic Day hosted by the Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union at the Gladstone Marina had a great turnout, with more than 300 people stopping by for a burger and a beer.

>> Poll: When should the Labour Day holiday be held?

The children were treated to special lolly bags and jumping castles, while the adults were able to commiserate or celebrate the weekend rugby league grand final efforts.

It is the second year since the Newman government changed Labour Day to October, a move many saw as curtailing the effect of union members to get time off to participate in the May Day march.

Do you think the Labour Day holiday should be moved back to May?

This poll ended on 08 November 2014.

Current Results

I'm happy having it in October

35%

It should be moved back to May

58%

It's a day off. I don't mind when it is

5%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

At the time, the government insisted the move was to give Queenslanders a better spread of holidays, and since then the May Day marches have been just as successful.

Labour supporter Glenn Butcher said tradition meant the unions would continue to march in May, "but we're taking the opportunity to have a burger and a beer together".

"It's just a day where families can come and celebrate the long weekend," he said.

AMWU organiser Phil Golby said there was nothing political about the day.

"May Day is in May, but we can't celebrate then, so this is a good chance," he said.

"There have been a lot of families with young kids come along, and we tried to make sure everybody gets a free feed."

Maritime Union of Australia Queensland organiser Jason Miners thanked the AMWU for the day.

AMWU executive officer Ann-Marie Allan said they wanted to ensure unions kept families together and provided security for them.



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