Queensland Council of Unions president John Battams
Queensland Council of Unions president John Battams Lee Constable

Union members will still march to celebrate Labour Day

UNION members are expected to turn out in droves to celebrate Labour Day over the weekend - despite the day being officially relocated to October.

Union members from industries across the public sector, construction, media and transport industries have organised various marches and family days across the state 24 hours before the day historically reserved for the Labour Day holiday.

The LNP Government decided to move Labour Day from May to October and chose to keep the Queen's Birthday holiday in June in line with other states.

The government has stated the move would break up the bulk of public holidays in April-May and provide a break in the second half of the year.

But Queensland Council of Unions president John Battams said Labour Day had been commemorated in May for over 100 years and that was not about to stop.

"Labour Day has been celebrated on the first Monday in May for 121 years," he said.

"This government has seen fit, for what we see as pity reasons, to change the holiday to October.

"We are determined not to be pushed around by the LNP in Queensland so we decided we would continue to celebrate Labour Day in May as we have for 100 years on Sunday."

Community events will be held in Toowoomba and Ipswich on Saturday before a trademark march in Brisbane on Sunday.

Regional events are expected to occur on Sunday.

The display of defiance comes a few days after unions slammed the government's decision to look into privatising some state-assets and outsourcing services, as per the Commission of Audit.

But the State Government claims it is about contestability - testing if the private sector can provide a service better and cheaper than the government can.

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