LGBTI Victorians, allies and unionists are today celebrating an historic YES vote for marriage equality, with 61.6% of Australians saying ‘yes’ to fairness, compassion, equality and love in the marriage law survey.
Tonight, unionists and the LGBTI community will come together on Lygon Street Carlton outside Trades Hall to celebrate this historic achievement and mark the clearing of one more hurdle in the campaign toward marriage equality.
MARRIAGE EQUALITY RESULTS — LIVE AT THE STATE LIBRARY
9.30am - 11.30am, Wednesday 15 November
Friends and supporters are invited to join the Equality Campaign at a special Marriage Equality Results Announcement to be held outside the State Library, Melbourne, on Wednesday 15 November.
The community event — one of many to be held around the country — will commence at 9.30am, with the survey results live streamed to the crowd from Canberra at 10am.Read more
At around midday today, the last Toyota will roll off the production line in Altona, marking the end of automotive manufacturing in Victoria.
2500 jobs gone, just like that.Read more
Pinchy, a 5 metre tall inflatable lobster, will be joining activists outside the State Library on Thursday afternoon to demand Matthew Guy commit to keeping the Grand Final Eve public holiday.Read more
Victorian Trades Hall is a proud supporter of marriage equality.
Doorknocking events on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 June, designed to encourage ‘yes’ voters to complete and return their survey forms, are the expected to be the largest ever for marriage equality.Read more
Luke Hilakari, Victorian Trades Hall Council Secretary, has called for a significant change in Victoria to lead the way toward a republic.
Mr Hilakari is calling for:
- Changes to the Constitution Act 1975, to remove all references to the monarchy
- The removal of the crown from Victoria’s official badge and coat of arms
- A new flag for Victoria, that removes both the crown and the Union Jack which feature on the current design
- The modernisation of state parliamentary rituals to remove references to the monarchy.
Union members have hit the street of Wangaratta, Benalla and Wodonga this week, speaking to local residents about penalty rates and urging Indi MP Cathy McGowan to vote to protect penalty rates in Parliament.
In the coming weeks, a push to protect penalty rates in legislation will be introduced to Parliament. Cathy McGowan has an opportunity to vote with Labor, the Greens, and other cross-benchers to support the move, but has so far indicated she will not.Read more
Victorian Trades Hall Council is appalled by today’s ruling from the full bench of the Federal Court, which limits the ability of health and safety representatives to take action that makes workplaces safer and ultimately saves lives, in favour of allowing the ABCC and Turnbull Government to pursue their ideological crusade against union members.Read more
The Trades Hall and Literary Institute (THLI), managing body for Victorian Trades Hall, can confirm it is undergoing significant repairs and restoration to the oldest continuously working Trades Hall building in the world.
These repairs have been delayed until the expiry of the current lease of the Bella Union Bar.Read more
Cranes in the Sky, Shovels in the Ground and Food on Tables
Victorian Trades Hall Council (VTHC) welcomes the Andrews Government’s strong focus on jobs in its third budget.
The Andrews Government has created over 200,000 jobs since winning government and VTHC Secretary Luke Hilakari congratulates the Premier on work done to date.
Major infrastructure projects are expected to create 50,000 jobs and VTHC welcomes the focus on public transport, particularly for regional Victoria.
The pipeline of infrastructure works also shows the Andrews Labor Government’s commitment to long-term projects and a plan for Victoria’s future.Read more