Approximately 20,000 Victorian workers rallied against the Federal Government’s industrial relations (IR) laws on September 26. The rally was mostly made up of building and manufacturing workers. Traffic and trams were disrupted for more than two hours as the rally filled Swanston Street in the central business district of Melbourne.
Many workers marched with placards saying: “WorkChoices … Not my choice” and “Don’t give Howard another shot – protect your kids’ future”. SP members marched behind the party banner and sold many copies of The Socialist newspaper and pro union badges.
The mood on the rally was noticeably more sombre than previous rallies against the IR laws. This was mainly due to the fact that whilst most workers want to see the back of the Howard government, there is absolutely no enthusiasm for the Labor team of Rudd and Gillard.