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Issue #1498      4 May 2011

May Day in Adelaide 2011

Numbers were up in this year’s May Day march in Adelaide. The Rann government’s slashing of public services, increases in rents and charges and the axing of 3,700 public service jobs sparked strong support for the event from public sector unions. SA Unions secretary Janet Giles outlined the extend of the attacks on the welfare of the community to the crowd in Victoria Square before the approximately 500 participants moved off down King William Street towards the Torrens Parade Ground. “One struggle one fight, workers of the world unite!” and “Money for health and education, not for war and occupation!” were among the chants.

At the Parade Ground, Humphrey McQueen spoke about the struggle of working people against their exploiters and the huge cost of the gains that have been made. Rain, which had been threatening all morning, put a bit of a dampener on family fun day activities but not before a very vocal point was made to the Rann government.

Humphrey McQueen spoke again at the Workers’ Memorial in Port Adelaide the next morning, recounting some history of the monument and continuing the theme of the real heroes in society – those who fought and keep fighting for a better, socialist future. The May Day dinner was packed out once more. Courageous building worker Ark Tribe was in attendance and spoke emotionally about the support he had received from the community during his battle with the ABCC. Steve Dolphin of his legal team also recalled incidents from the remarkable battle to free Ark from persecution by the notorious spooking force.

Humphrey McQueen was an impressive keynote speaker and ABC radio personality Peter Goers was in sparkling, witty form. Vic Potticary of the SA May Day Collective was the recipient of this year’s spanner award for his contribution to the ideals of May Day. Rex Munn led a stirring rendition of The Internationale and other working class anthems.

Next article – May Day, Other States

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