It has been a long time since we have been able to march but it was worth the wait. USU General Secretary Graeme Kelly led a strong contingent of USU members and officials at the May Day march held at Parramatta on 1 May.

The USU also joined marches held in the Wollongong and Newcastle.

May Day is celebrated in over 80 countries recognising what has been achieved for workers through collective action. It is also a call for unity to protect these hard fought for conditions such as basic advances in minimum wage levels, safety in the workplace and the right to bargain as a collective.

May Day is about family, freedom, and a fair go. It is about empowerment in a world where individuals often have little control over their own destiny when it comes to the workplace.

We also celebrate those workers and union delegates who stand alongside their mates and colleagues every day to preserve and improve the working conditions of all Australians.

Thank you to everyone who marched on Saturday.

Here are some of our photos – we will be adding to our gallery shortly.