Queensland Council of Unions president John Battams said marches and celebrations around the state would always be held in May as the new October date had no historical significance.
Queensland Council of Unions president John Battams said marches and celebrations around the state would always be held in May as the new October date had no historical significance. Lee Constable

Workers will still celebrate Labour Day in May

QUEENSLAND trade unions will continue to celebrate Labour Day on the first weekend in May claiming the LNP State Government had no right to change the date in the first place.

Queensland Council of Unions president John Battams said marches and celebrations around the state would always be held in May as the new October date had no historical significance.

"Workers will continue to celebrate Labour Day at the same time they have for the past 110 years," he said.

"It's not up to the LNP to tell workers when they should celebrate union successes."

Last year, the State Government announced without consultation that from this year the Labour Day holiday would be in October.

It said the relocation of the holiday was to help small business and tourism and to bring the state into line with other states in spreading out public holidays across the year.

A Queensland Council of Unions executive meeting in Mackay in October 2012 voted unanimously to continue holding Labour Day events and marches during May.


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