May Day Festival and March
Fremantle Esplanade: 10am - 2pm
The annual May Day Festival, held on the Fremantle Esplanade, recognises the achievements of working people while celebrating the significance of the eight hour working day.
Western Australia’s May Day is supported & organised by UnionsWA. The focus for the Festival is to create a free and fun day out on the green and to celebrate all that we enjoy about spending time with friends and families.
MARCH & RALLY
This year, the event will start at 10am with a sausage sizzle breakfast and family entertainment. The march and rally will commence at 12noon through the streets of Fremantle. There are usually about 2000 marchers in total. The March takes about an hour to complete. This route is detailed below in red and includes details of road closures:
Traffic management services supplied by Workforce Road Services Pty Ltd
Before and after the march, there will be speakers and entertainment on the main stage. We're delighted to welcome Ged Kearney, President of the ACTU as our keynote speaker as well as UnionsWA secretary, Meredith Hammat to address the crowd.
The festival starts at 10:00am, and with most of the day being sponsored, festival goers can expect free family fun to help them get the most out of the day. Free goodies include a sausage sizzle, ice-creams, show rides, coffee, face painting, petting zoo and live local bands.
This year we have representation at the March and Festival from the following unions and affiliates:
May Day wouldn't be the success it is today, without the representation of the many community groups. We are thrilled to welcome the following community stalls to May Day in 2016:
ACRATH: Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans
Australia Cuba Friendship Society WA
Australian Society for the Study of Labour History
Communist Party of Australia WA Branch
Conservation Council of WA
Deaths in Custody Watch Committee (WA) Inc
Friends of Australian Rock Art
Friends of Palestine WA
Friends of the ABC (WA) Inc.
Islam Australia Inc
International West Papuan Students' Alliance WA
Perth Labor Women
Refugee Rights Action Network
Sea Shepherd Australia
Slater and Gordon
Stop Live Exports
The Greens (WA)
Unionists for Refugees
WG McNally Jones Staff, Lawyers
VOLUNTEER MARSHALS NEEDED
The march and festival make this the biggest single day for union members, family and supporters. It isn't possible without volunteers marshals. If you can help, please complete your details here.
This event can't run effectively without the support of our members and community supporters. Please volunteer here to add your name to Team May Day 2016!
POSTERS AND FLYERS
You can download high res print-ready versions of our May Day 2016 poster and flyer below or contact us to get hard copies for distribution: [email protected]
Poster (A3 - 2.75mb)
Flyer (A5 - 1.53mb)