It has been a big May Day weekend! In celebration of the May Day marches that took place in hundreds of cities around the world, check out this vid of Victorian workers' marches over the past 12 months.
The beautiful song in this video is traditionally sung by union women, appealing for both fair wages and dignified conditions; bread and roses. The final verse calls for a shake-up to the economic system that enables some to live in luxury while most work hard for minimal gain; "a sharing of life glories - bread and roses bread and roses". Our "bread and rosie" bandanna, featuring lyrics to the song, can be purchased here.
May Day Awards
Each year, Victorian Trades Hall pays tribute to Victorian unionists who have made a huge lifetime contribution to our movement. Our 2015 winners of the Meritorious Service Award are Burt Blackburne (CEPU) , Igor Grattan (ASU), Len Cooper (CWU), Cathy Butcher (VTHC OHS Unit) and John Parker (CFMEU/Gippsland Trades and Labour Council).
But this year, we've also inaugurated the Zelda D'Aprano award for union activism, in honour of one of Victorian unionism's pioneer women. This year's inaugural winner is Lisa Darmanin of the ASU.