Unions have called for solidarity with workers at Melbourne International Day this year, with a call for a strike, but the unions have so far been met with silence.
A number of unions are calling for a boycott of the event, including the Victorian Unions Union, which says in a statement: Unions must organise for the best possible outcomes for workers at all times.
We recognise that our trade union membership does not guarantee us the same opportunities as other workers, but we also know that our collective voice is crucial to the development of the working class.
The Victorian Unison has also called for a “Day Without Unions” protest in support of the industrial action.
What is the Melbourne Trade Union day?
The International Trade Unions Day is a national day of action, organised by the Victorian Trade Union and Victorian Trade Union.
The event was launched in 2002, but has become an annual event, with more than 2,500 people attending since the 2020 celebrations.
The International Trade Workers’ Day is also a day of solidarity and struggle, with workers from across the country taking part.
The International Workers’ Action Network (IWAN), the union representing about 50,000 people across Australia, has also announced that they will be boycotting the event.
“It is a great opportunity for us to make a stand and be active in the struggle,” said IWAN general secretary Chris Pannell.
Unions around the country are also calling for an end to “shamelessly exploitative practices” of the private sector, and for a better pay and working conditions for workers.
“We recognise that a fair and decent workplace should not depend on the greed and exploitation of the few,” said Victorian Unisons union secretary, Sue Moulds.
We need to recognise that the working classes are not just in power, we are also in control of our lives.
It is time that the Government acknowledged the real situation and gave workers a say in their workplaces.
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