May Day 2015

[two_thirds flow=start]May Day is an event of central importance for the labour movement, and in the ACT has long been a celebration of working people. This year we will continue the tradition of awarding May Day Awards that recognise significant achievement amongst the activists and delegates of Canberra’s proud unions.

With unions and the broader labour movement, as well as the living standards we have won, under attack by the powers that be, it has never been a more important time to come together to show our unity and solidarity. May Day is an opportunity to celebrate our successes and to demonstrate our resolve for the remainder of the year and into 2016.

In 2015, the May Day dinner was held at the Woden Tradies Club from 6:30pm on Friday 1 May.

May Day Dinner 2015
May Day Dinner 2015 with Senator Katy Gallagher

May Day Award Winners

May Day Award Winner Ian Gair
May Day Award Winner Ian Gair (right) with UnionsACT Secretary Alex White

May Day Award: Ian Gair
The May Day Award is the principal Award bestowed to an individual or group who have made exceptional contributions to the union movement and advancing the condition of working people that has significantly exceeded the commitment of usual expectations.

Delegates of the Year: Jed Bee (ANU Gardeners), Bryan Kidman (Casino Canberra), David Sankey (Contract Security)
The Delegate/s of the Year Award recognises the significant contribution made by union delegates to their co-workers and fellow members in their workplace.

Contribution to Women’s Advancement in Unions: Chris Wagland
This Award specifically acknowledges the important work and role of women in unions, and is awarded to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of women in the union movement.

Special Commendation: Parliament House Cleaners
The Special Commendation Award is awarded to a group or individual for their outstanding contribution the goals and values of the union movement.

Award Recognising Service to Working People: Ken ‘Dusty’ Miller
The Award recognising service to working people acknowledges the significant and long-standing commitment to serving and supporting union members and working people.

May Day Award Recipients 2015
May Day Award Recipients 2015


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Principal Sponsor

Slater and Gordon

Silver Sponsors

Hesta Maurice Blackburn

Bronze Sponsor




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