International Women’s Day in Melbourne – 6 March

One of the banners on the platform

One of the banners on the platform

The Victorian Trades Hall Council organised a rally on Friday 6 March to mark the 98th International Women’s Day. The rally came a day after unionists and sacked Pacific Brands workers held a protest in Melbourne organised by the Textile, Clothing and Footwear Union, and a TCFUA banner was prominent on the steps of the State Library.

On the steps of the State Library

On the steps of the State Library

One of the speakers was TCFUA Assistant Secretary Jenny Kruschel:

TCFUA Assistant Secretary Jenny Kruschel

TCFUA Assistant Secretary Jenny Kruschel

Other speakers were Ann Taylor, Deputy Branch President of AEU and President of VTHC:

Ann Taylor, alongside the other main banner on the platform

Ann Taylor, alongside the other main banner on the platform

and Angelina Ladera, from the National Executive of Kilusang Mayo Uno [KMU] Labour Centre in the Philippines:

Angelina Ladera

Angelina Ladera

MC was Josie Parrelli:

Josie Parrelli

Josie Parrelli

and the rally was organised by VTHC Women’s Officer Jennifer O’Donnell-Pirisi, seen here leading the cheering at the end, along with Josie Parrelli:

Jennifer and Josie lead the cheering

Jennifer and Josie lead the cheering

The Young Unionists’ Network was represented, along with several other unions – the ASU, and the Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance can be seen here:

Young Unionists' Network, ASU, MEAA

Young Unionists' Network, ASU, MEAA

Some placards in the crowd:

Placards in the crowd

Placards in the crowd

There is a report of the rally, with photos, on the
VTHC website:

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