Change the Rules is an ACTU campaign starting in 2018 targeted at regaining fairness around right to strike, work, wages, job security, penalty rates, taxation (especially businesses that pay zero tax), equity for working women and younger workers. Nationally, Change the Rules rallies were held on Wednesday 9 May 2018. A contingent from Ballarat travelled to Melbourne by train and participated alongside 100,000 other unionists in the CBD.
1. Rally - Melbourne CBD - Pictured left to right, Moses, Doug Stewart (CFMEU/Trades Hall), Gabriel Waldron (Trades Hall staffer), Michaela Settle (State ALP candidate for the seat of Buninyong), Sarah De Santis (State ALP candidate for the seat of Ripon), Brett Edgington (Secretary, Ballarat Regional Trades and Labour Council.
2. Rally - MUA and other comrades marching.
3. Ballarat Railway Station - Comrades gathering to make the train journey to the rally. Gabriel Waldron (Trades Hall staffer) in the foreground and Michaele Settle in black jacket.
4. Ballarat Railway Station - Comrades gathering to make the train journey to the rally. Tracey Brown, HWU organiser, pictured in red puffer jacket.
5. Ballarat Railway Station - Comrades gathering to make the train journey to the rally. Gabriel Waldron (Trades Hall staffer) and Tracey Brown, HWU organiser, pictured in red puffer jacket.
From the Change the Rules website:
"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."
Significant to nationwide union campaigning and to living and working conditions of all Australians.