Around 2000 people attended this year’s May Day march and street party according to one news outlet. We aren’t sure of exact figures but what we do know is it was BIG! The biggest May Day celebration held in Tasmania in many years.
Around 50 United Voice members attended including a large contingent of early years educators and school attendants.
It was an excellent day, kicking off with a rally addressed by the fearless Sally McManus, Secretary of the ACTU, who spoke about the need to change the rules for working people.
The rally was followed by a street march through Hobart's city centre, with lots of loud chanting and flag waving.
This year, the usual march was accompanied by a community street party, with food, drink and even a jumping castle for the kids.
A big shout out to United Voice members Alex Bird, Jody O’Rourke and Wendy Hand, who volunteered their time to help with the serving the drink, food, and security respectively.
May Day Awards
The yearly May Day awards were announced at the May Day dinner on Friday the 4th of May.
United Voice members, Jo Lynch, Leah Blake and Greg Bartels were all nominated for Delegate of the Year, for their outstanding work in their workplaces and campaigns.
The Too Much Too Soon campaign against the lowering of the school starting age was nominated for the campaign of the year award.
And United Voice member Russell Mitchell was nominated for community contribution by a union member.
There was a very high standard of nominees across the board this year and unfortunately, United Voice didn’t take any awards home on the night, but each nominee should be incredibly proud of what they have achieved.