Celebration of union wins

 Unions Otago members enjoy a barbecue in the Octagon to celebrate Labour Day. PHOTO: STEPHEN...
Unions Otago members enjoy a barbecue in the Octagon to celebrate Labour Day. PHOTO: STEPHEN JAQUIERY
After a year in which the rights of essential workers have been in the spotlight, union members came together to celebrate the wins of the past 12 months at a special barbecue yesterday.

About 20 members of various unions got together for the annual Unions Otago picnic in Dunedin.

While the Labour Day event was usually held at Woodhaugh Gardens, Unions Otago convener Andrew Tait said it felt important to shift to the Octagon in the centre city this year and be visible.

Some of the wins from the past year were celebrated, including Dunedin bus drivers and nurses getting paid the living wage.

The pandemic had also put the spotlight on the need for better recognition of essential workers, such as supermarket staff, he said.

"Covid certainly highlighted the important economic work done by the people often earning the least," he said.

Those attending listened to various speakers and enjoyed a barbecue in the sun, surrounded by signs highlighting some of the union’s key messages.

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