More than 50 thousand marching to Change the Rules in Melbourne

More than 50 thousand people are expected to fill the streets of Melbourne tomorrow (9/05/2018). Usual traffic will be brought to a halt by a sea of working Victorians demanding change.

Marchers will assemble for a 10am start at Victorian Trades Hall Council on the corner of Victoria and Lygon streets, and from 10.30am will start marching towards the Magistrates Court on William Street. The march will then proceed to the corner of Flinders and Swanston streets.

Traffic in the city is likely to be disrupted from 9am – 1pm as more than 50,000 Victorians call for political change.

Quotes attributable, Luke Hilakari:

“This many people don’t take mass action every day, and we don’t take it without a very good reason. The rules aren’t working for working people. Ordinary people don’t feel that Malcolm Turnbull is listening. So we are using people power, we are forcing the politicians and big business to listen.

“Over 50,000 people marching peacefully through the city is something the politicians can’t ignore. This is the people of Victoria saying enough: something must change”.

“Tonight, Malcolm Turnbull will hand down an election budget that will include tax cuts for big business and cuts to the vital public services that working people rely on. That’s not what people want. We want good, secure jobs, quality education and training, and a world class public healthcare system. Australia needs a pay rise; we need wages that sustain a family and we need women’s work to be valued equally. We demand laws that keep workers safe on the job. We want our penalty rates back. And we need an industrial relations system that puts the power back in workers’ hands. Malcolm Turnbull doesn’t get it, and that’s why he’s got to go”.

“Tomorrow, working people are standing up and fighting back. We’re going to change the rules”

March itinerary

9.45am - In front of the 8 Hour Day Monument (Cnr Russel and Victoria Streets): Media conference with Victorian Trades Hall Council Secretary Luke Hilakari

10.15am Outside Trades Hall (Cnr Lygon and Victoria Streets): Welcome to country and speeches including Luke Hilakari

11.15am Outside Magistrates Court (233 William Street): Speeches including ETU Victoria State Secretary Troy Gray and Plumbers Union State Secretary Earl Setches

12.20pm Intersection Flinders and Swantson Streets: Speeches including ACTU Secretary Sally McManus and workers from ESSO Longford and early childhood education

1pm - End of rally

Statement from Luke Hilakari regarding VICT

Obviously I’m very disappointed in today’s ruling.

VICT parent company ICTSI is notorious for union busting and extreme anti-worker tactics in developing countries. This is a business model that we don’t need in Australia. There should be effective laws in this country that allow working people to stand together and fight for their rights at work.

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Statement regarding Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT) and the Webb Dock Community Assembly

Victorian Trades Hall Council Secretary Luke Hilakari was served with legal documents relating to VICT’s actions at Webb Dock, at his family home on Saturday afternoon. This is the first time any Secretary of Trades Hall has ever been directly targeted in such a hostile manner.

This is a severe and unprecedented escalation by VICT, who have attempted to intimidate not just Trades Hall but all Australian working people through this extreme action. 

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61.6% Support for Marriage Equality!

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.


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Marriage Survey results events


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.

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On the closure of Toyota's Altona plant

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.

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Pinchy the giant Lobster urges Matthew Guy to keep Grand Final Eve public holiday

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.

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Victorian Trades Hall hosts record-breaking doorknock for marriage equality

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.

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Trades Hall Secretary calls for removal of monarchy from Victorian institutions

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.
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Cathy McGowan must listen to local families and protect penalty rates.

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.

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