Equal Work – Equal Pay – Unions rally in Melbourne, 10 June 2010

Linda White speaking

Linda White, ACTU Vice-President and ASU Assistant National Secretary

The Australian Services Union, backed by the Victorian Trades Hall Council and the union movement, and in conjunction with the Health Services Union,the Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Workers Union, Australian Workers’ Union and Australian Education Union, this week lodged submissions with Fair Work Australia in support of a landmark claim for pay equity for the traditionally female-dominated service industries. On Thursday 10 June, rallies were held around the country in support of the campaign.

The action in Melbourne began with a rally at Federation Square, addressed by Brian Parkinson, ASU Branch Secretary, followed by Linda White (above), Lloyd Williams, State Secretary of the Health Services Union, and others, including long-time ASU member Joy Stevens, who pointed out amongst other things that job satisfaction doesn’t pay off a mortgage …

After the speeches there was a noisy march through the CBD to Parliament House, made all the louder by the whistles handed out by the bucketful at the start of the rally. Slogan of the day was “We’re here today for equal pay!”, but there were others, as can be heard on the accompanying video:

There are reports of the rally on Melbourne Indymedia and the Trades Hall website. See also http://www.payup.org.au/ and http://www.asuvic.asn.au/680831.html

Some more photos from the rally and march:

Banner from Anglicare

HACSU blue balloons

HACSU distributed blue balloons

Marching up Bourke Streetg

The march in Bourke Street

Placard - $ac$ $uck$

Protesters lined up at Parliament House

The front line at Parliament House

More protests at Israeli aid flotilla attack – 5 June 2010

Banners at head of march in Melbourne

Saturday 5 June saw continuing worldwide protests over Israel’s attack on an aid convoy heading for Gaza (see e.g., The Age). There were protests in Sydney and Melbourne, reported on Melbourne Indymedia, where these photos were taken:

Religious leaders at head of march

Crowd at State Library

The protest started with a rally at the State Library

Another view of the crowd at the Library

Another view of the crowd at the Library

Banner at State Library

One of many banners

On the march to Parliament House:

Banner reads: Pull down the apartheid wall, dismantle Israeli settlements

Banner of LaTrobe University students

Banner of Anatolian Cultural Centre

The Greens in the march with their distinctive heart-shaped placards

The Greens in the march with their distinctive heart-shaped and triangular placards

Hand-shaped placard - Stop the Genocide

From the middle of the march, looking back down Bourke Street

From the middle of the march, looking back down Bourke Street

At Parliament House:

Crowd at Parliament House

Palestinian speaker at Parliament House

Palestinian speaker at Parliament House

Another view of the crowd at Parliament House

Model of boat with slogan Free Gaza, Free Palestine

At the end of the protest, this unusually elaborate 'prop'

Nuclear Abolition Day Vigil in Melbourne – 4 June 2010

Lineup with icanw.org lettering under fire station mural

On the eve of  Nuclear Abolition Day ICAN Australia launched a new short video entitled “Who by Fire” based on retelling of the legend of Prometheus and Pandora displayed in a mural on the wall of the Fire Station Museum on Victoria Parade. Before the screening, which took place at Trades Hall, there was a peace picnic in Parliament Gardens, courtesy of Friends of the Earth ACE Collective, and a live performance of the work interspersed with live music and rap. Members of the audience – including several from Japanese for Peace – stood in the grounds of St Peter’s Eastern Hill church opposite the Museum, and 23 of them held lanterns, each representing 1000 nuclear weapons, this being the total world arsenal today …

In thegrounds of the church - audience with lanterns

(Click on image for full size version)

The ICAN video can be viewed on YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yVXLDA3YMM – and see also the ICAN Australia website entry – http://www.icanw.org/node/5252

More pictures:

The picnic -

Dave Sweeney and others at the food table

Dave Sweeney and others at the food table

Cakes and chai

Cakes and chai - there were also lentil burgers ...

Lest we forget - banner draped on tree

ICAN placards at the picnic

Children with placard

At the performance -

Young boy with lantern

Another young protester

Closeup up lantern-bearers

In the grounds of the church

Performance in full swing - fire engine with Dave Sweeney in background

Fran, Madeline, Kasey, Izzy; Dave Sweeney read the narration perched on a classic fire engine ...

Rappers in action

Izzy and Kasey, Fran in background

Another view of the mural

See also http://www.nuclearabolition.org/