Dolly joins the march for Labour Day Workers
IT WAS a step back into history yesterday when Dolly Jensen joined the 25,000-strong crowd of Labour Day marchers in Brisbane.
The Gympie-based Finance Sector Union executive joined the march through Fortitude Valley from Leichhardt St to the Exhibition grounds and met up with Labor movement leaders, including Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and her deputy Jackie Trad.
The day marks 125 years since the historic Shearer's Strike at Barcaldine, which led to the formation of the world's first Labor Party.
"The bank workers originally joined the shearers' union because they didn't have their own industrial organisation. And today we marked together again," she said.
"I had an umbrella and actually took it," she said, "so it didn't rain.
"If I'd left it at home it would have pelted down.
"The sun came out and it was hot and steamy," she said.
But once at the Ekka grounds, it became one of the festive occasions of the year.
"It was absolutely marvellous. We call it the union Christmas, because it is a big festival.
"It was great to see and to feel the union movement, alive and strong," she said.
"The movement is all about power to the people and that was how it felt.
"It's 125 years of workers' struggles celebrated over the long weekend by tens of thousands of union members and their community of trade unions."
It also celebrates the achievements of workers all over the world. More than 1000 of the marchers, including both unionists and politicians, gathered on Friday night at the Brisbane Exhibition Convention Centre for presentation of awards to people from all trade unions in Queensland.
It was at a similar function last year where Ms Jensen was recognised by the Queensland Council of Unions and awarded Regional Activist of the Year for her work with the Finance Sector Union.
A women's rights activist also, Ms Jensen also met with Shannon Fentiman, Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, for Child Safety and Minister for Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence.