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Calling all members! Invasion Day and Midsumma Pride marches.

Invastion Day rallies

Invasion Day rallies will take place nationwide this week on 26 January, with hundreds of thousands of workers calling for treaty and sovereignty to take priority over a voice to parliament. NTEU Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Policy Committee encourages members to participate in Invasion Day rallies on January 26.

The NTEU, including the Deakin Branch, is advocating for staff to be given the option to work on the day whilst swapping the public holiday for a different day off.

National President Alison Barnes said, “Allowing a choice of whether to work or not acknowledges that many in our community don’t want to mark the anniversary of genocide, dispossession and suffering with a public holiday”.

NTEU support the Invasion day rallies and we encourage all members to attend local rallies as a commitment to the process of truth-telling in this country. As unionists dedicated to the process of collective action and bargaining, we believe that the path to justice lies in the negotiation of treaties with traditional owner groups.

In 2002, NTEU committed to the Ten Point Plan for a Post-Treat Union. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander business is union business and 20 years on, we remain committed to walking with Indigenous workers in the fight for recognition of sovereignty and for treaties.

For further information and links to local events, see the NTEU website.

Midsumma Pride March – information for members

The Midsumma Pride March is happening again on Sunday 5 February at 11am and all union members are encouraged to join the Victorian Trades Hall contingent. Arrive at the top of Fitzroy Street by 10.45am to ensure you get your wristband from VTH officials.

For information about start times, location, route, and marching order visit the Pride March website.