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A number of streets in the CBD will be shut down between 10am and 1.30pm as more than 100,000 unionists are expected for the Australian Council of Trades Union's "Change the Rules"march - joined by Premier Daniel Andrews. The march will start at 10.30am from the Victorian Trades Hall office just north of the CBD, then the protesters will head south on Russell Street, west onto La Trobe Street, south down Swanston Street, then east up Bourke Street before finishing at Parliament House on Spring Street. Victorian Trades Hall secretary Luke Hilakari said that, depending on the weather, he was expecting a crowd similar to the about 170,000 his office recorded for the most recent rally in October. The protests will affect tram services in the CBD, with routes 3, 5, 15 and 67 - which will be bringing commuters into the city from the south-eastern suburbs already suffering train line cancellations. They will terminate where Swanston Street meets Collins Street between 10am and about 1.30pm. A Yarra Trams spokeswoman also said that routes 96 and 86 heading into the city will end at Parliament Station from 10am until the rally clears. City commuters are recommended to walk through central CBD areas, use city loop trains and monitor Yarra Trams social media pages for live announcements. Mr Halikari said the point of the rally was that unionists "want this election done with, the Prime Minister should call this election now". "For regular Australians, every week it's getting harder and harder, there have been no wage increases and this government has shown no desire to change it,"he said. The protests will take place in 14 areas across Australia, but Mr Hilakari said he believed Melbourne's rally would draw more people than the nation's other events combined. Change the Rules for Fair Pay Rises Our pay isn't keeping up with the cost of living while companies are posting record profits. The Morrison Government has told workers to wait for pay rises to trickle down from their employers, voted eight times to cut penalty rates and ignored wage theft. Other political parties have instead signed up to change the rules. They have committed to restoring and protecting penalty rates, fixing our broken bargaining system to make it easier to win fair pay rises, and introducing big penalties for wage theft.
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