May Day | International Workers’ Memorial Day

May Day

Every year, unionists around the world come together to celebrate our movement’s proud history. May Day recognises the history of working people organising and fighting to achieve a better way of life, decent pay and working conditions. It’s also a timely reminder for all of us about the need to continue fighting for a society that meets the needs of all working people. This year we’re calling for peace, social justice and decent work for all. Read about why we march on May Day

International Workers’ Memorial Day (International Day of Mourning)

On 28 April each year, countries around the world pause to remember and commemorate those who have lost their lives at work and share their memories.


Monday 29 April: International Day of Mourning event – Sydney

Unions NSW and SafeWork NSW will be hosting an official state memorial.

11:45am for 12:00 noon service, Reflection Park, Little Pier Street, Darling Harbour (beside old Sydney Entertainment Centre site)

Watch the livestream on the Unions NSW website.

Wednesday 1 May: May Day Rally – Sydney

10:30am Belmore Park, Sydney. Marching to Hyde Park. Poster below

Wednesday 1 May: May Day Rally – Canberra

6pm Tradies, Dickson ACT

Saturday 4 May: May Day Rally – Wollongong

Join the Wollongong May Day rally at 10am meeting at Lowden Square (near Wollongong Train Station). We’ll be taking our message to the streets with a March through Wollongong to Crown St Mall.

10am Lowden Square, Wollongong More info

Sunday 5 May: Hunter Workers May Day celebration – Newcastle

We march in recognition of the struggle for shorter working hours, secure jobs, better pay and working conditions.

  • 9:30am Assemble at Newcastle Museum
  • 10am May Day Parade starts at 10am heading to Newcastle Tram Sheds for Hunter Workers May Day Family Day.

Speeches, Carnival Rides, BBQ’s, Ice Cream, Entertainment, Stalls, Comrades and Solidarity. More info


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