Paul McMahon urges us to think about the meaning behind May Day, or Labour Day as it’s also known, and to consider what we might change in our jobs to better our future.
Welcome to May Day, also known as Labour Day, and a celebration of just that – that sweaty, gruelling, hated, “kill me” Mondays feeling – labour.
Like most holidays we often forget about the true meaning behind the day. Why celebrate the one thing I might hate or possibly even love in life? It is not a celebration of the act of work itself, it is a condition celebration.
Simply because it deserves to be recognised people. It deserves to be thought of and you my friend deserve your eight hour day – something that doesn’t exist without the celebration and the gruelling task to fight for labour.
Who leads the charge on these fights and strengthen the power of the worker?
Unions. Pure and simple.
Unions today in Australia are little more than an additional financial burden or guys that hassle and get in your bosses profit margin. May I remind you that we have the highest income in Australia’s history and sit comfortably at number two on the UNDP development index created by the United Nations? We have gone beyond money alone and power has been given back to the achiever. That the micro amount they ask for each week could secure your working future is crazy!
How many reading this can honestly say that you are a member of a union? Forget the weekly stipend but how many of you give generously to unions?
With times changing in a new world of worker’s rights and better overall conditions, how can the union movement survive and are unions the answers to our problems?
Our question lies in thinking about International Labour Day on May Day as a little beacon of remembrance. We always speak of what the men have given our military silhouette in the world on Anzac Day, but what about May Day?
We all need to think about what this day means to us and how we can secure future working relations. It is not purely a day of celebration for the worker, it is also a moment of recollection and what is needed for the day ahead. Are you happy with your working conditions? I do not mean is the Friday beer cold enough or will we require to replace the fridge with the bosses’ money.
We need to think, are we being used to our last breath, and should we consider a better way to have holiday time despite the needs of the boss? It is also not a role of being against the boss for the sake of this side of town, for being real. It is about seeing a cover over our lives called work where everyone is involved and all of us have a contribution to make. How do we do that best?
You do realise why May Day began many moons ago? It is not about stealing the heart of your boss or wanting a Porsche as apposed to a Volvo. NO NO NO. It started as a Spring Festival holiday and I think that is a good omen for the future.
It is about fruition and becoming all you can be in the light of the sun.
Take my flowers of work and let me bloom!