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May Day March 2019

The real May Day is 1st May. In many places 1st May is a public holiday. Not in NSW. Instead, May Day is celebrated on the 1st Sunday in May with a rally, march and "Family Fun Day" organised by Unions NSW. Jura members will be marching again this year, and the shop will be closed. See Upcoming events for more details.

International Women's Day Rally and March 2018

International Women’s Day was celebrated in Sydney on Saturday 10th March 2018, with a rally and march, and members of Jura were there among the more than 2,000 participants (ABC News). The brightly-dressed Asian Women at Work troupe headed up the march from Hyde Park along Castlereagh Street to Belmore Park.

Since 1995 Asian Women at Work supports Asian migrant women workers in low paid and precarious employment across Sydney, including clothing outworkers, clothing factory workers, cleaners, restaurant workers, manufacturing workers, nail and beauty workers, aged care workers, and child care workers. Michelle Zhou from Asian Women at Work shared many stories of migrant women being exploited, including this one: "A group of migrant workers where I used to work are suffering from urinary tract infections, because they are not allowed to take regular toilet breaks."

Report and photos by Leanne.