Great turnout at May Day marches in Sydney and Newcastle!
The RTBU Tram and Bus Division had a strong turnout at the May Day marches in both Sydney and Newcastle over the weekend. Divisional Secretary Chris Preston and President David Woollams joined members to stand up for workers’ rights and conditions at the Sydney March.
All up, around 100 RTBU members across all divisions attended and we had a great time together while fighting for a fairer country and a better future.
At the Sydney event, new ACTU Secretary Sally McManus and NSW Unions Secretary Mark Morey both gave rousing speeches to kick off the day. Delegates from the ASU, the AWU and MEAA spoke, and among them we heard from striking Fairfax journalists and domestic violence workers.
We then marched up Elizabeth Street to Prince Alfred Park where we had a concert and a delicious BBQ manned by Alex Claassens and RTBU retired members. They gave out 1,600 sausage sandwiches in record time!
A great day was had by all, even the kids, who got to go on rides and have their faces painted.
Here are Chris and Dave at the May Day March in Sydney:
RTBU members represent in Newcastle: