Workers turned out in force in Brisbane to march for their rights as part of a nationwide protest. Events were held right across the country on March 4 in opposition to Tony Abbott’s attack on workers.
The issues workers marched for included cuts to wages, conditions and rights at work, slashing Medicare, cuts to pension and superannuation, cutting community services and the scrapping of penalty rates.
It comes as the Productivity Commission is conducting a review into workplace relations which could deliver cuts to penalty rates, abolish the minimum wage, bring back unfair individual contracts and swing even more power to the employers.
The threat to penalty rates is a huge concern for United Voice members as many depend on this money to make ends meet. Many union members addressed the crowd including United Voice prison officer, Priya Ross who spoke about the importance of penalty rates, telling those gathered that she wouldn’t be able to get by without them.