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Australia Needs A Pay Rise Rally About 150,000 people are expected to flood Melbourne’s CBD tomorrow for a rally to improve wages to keep up with the cost of living. The ACTU’s Change the Rules campaign is ramping up ahead of state and federal elections . A similar rally in May caused large disruptions. Roads were closed and trams delayed when more than 100,000 workers took to the streets. Tomorrow’s rally will start at 10.30am at the Trades Hall on Lygon Street, and then travel down Russell Street to La Trobe Street, then to Swanston Street before ending at Federation Square at 12.30pm. The campaign aims to ‘‘ win a fairer share for working people’’ , and provide a blueprint to deliver secure work and a pay rise to workers. Rallies will be held across the country including Sydney, Gladstone , Cairns, Mackay, Darwin and then Hobart, Brisbane, Bendigo and Canberra. ACTU secretary Sally McManus said working people were demanding rules be changed. “This political protest is aimed at making Scott Morrison and federal politicians listen – our wages are going backwards, families are struggling, too many people are stuck in insecure work,” Ms McManus said. “We need to bring back balance to the system so working people get fair pay rises. It is not right that profits are up, CEO bonuses are up, but our pay is not.” Federal Minister for Jobs and Industrial Relations Kelly O’Dwyer said the rally would be a ‘‘ small insight to what will happen across Australia on a rolling basis under a Shorten government’’ . ‘‘ Australians do not want a return to the workplace conflict of last century.’’
Secure jobs + fair payJoin the movement for change Join 1300 486 466 Australian Unions are campaigning to change the rules so that working people have more secure jobs and better pay. Right now, big business has too much power. A third of them aren’t paying any tax. And, too many big businesses are in a race to the bottom on wages and job security. As a result, 40% of Australians are in insecure work and wages have flat-lined. We need a wage rise and secure work. We need to change the rules to give all working people the basic rights they need to improve their living standards. We are building a powerful movement to change the rules, and we need you to join your union to be part of it.
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