May Day 2024

Wednesday, 1 May 2024 - 12:00pm to 6:30pm
May Day 2024

On Wednesday 1 May, 12.30am - 7.30pm, we bring you discussions and commentary on workers' rights, industrial actions, the labour movement, and fair working conditions for everyone. Hear about indigenous rights, social justice, international solidarity, work safety, community building, un/under-employment, campaign updates, workers' songs, and more.


12.30 - 7.00am Talkback With Attitude | May Day All Night

A special broadcast of talkback radio to celebrate May Day 2024.

On the 1st of May, Joe, Pat, MTL, and G.O.D. (Goddess of Dawn) are taking your calls live. Don't sit alone, unable to sleep as you ponder the true meaning of May Day. Share your comments, questions, stories, and announcements with your hosts, Pat and Joe, and connect with your phone team MTL and G.O.D. We'll provide the attitude, an encyclopaedic history of May Day, good company, music, and more. Shy about speaking on live radio? Text us during the hour, and we'll respond on-air. Put May Day All Night in your calendar. A special, one-off, unique, and amazing opportunity to gather ‘round the radio.


7.00 - 8.30am | Wednesday Breakfast | May Day Breakfast

Sonia Randhawa and Grace Hall bring you a May Day Special featuring conversations about solidarity and resistance including worker's struggles, the labour movement, protecting protest, and current campaigns and strikes happening in local communities, with news headlines, community annoucements, and guests including Len Cooper, Secretary of May Day Committee Vic; Louisa Bassini, ASU delegate, public housing lawyer, and Victorian Socialists candidate for the Merri-bek council; Adrian Pereira, veteran Malaysian labour activist and Exec Director of the North South Initiative; and Monica, union and community activist, member of Unionists for Palestine, and ASU for Palestine. LISTEN


8.30 - 9.00am | Stick Together | International Workers Memorial Day

Annie McLoughlin presenets a feature on International Workers Memorial Day (Apr 28), including vox pops from a memorial held in Melbourne on Mon 29 Apr to remember the 55 workers who died in the last 12 months of work related injuries in Victoria, and a recording of a speech by Jiselle Hanna from Australia Asia Worker Links (AAWL) on the international perspective to the memorial of workers who have lost their lives doing thier jobs (Melbourne Rally for Palestine, Sun 28 Apr). LISTEN


9.00 - 10.00am | City Limits | Transport Week

Kevin Healy and Karina Aedo-Aguilera host a 'Transport Week' May Day special, focusing on our Union History, and featuring Merri-bek Councillor and community activist Monica Harte. She discusses her previous work life as a bus driver and president of the Tramways Union (ATMOEA) during the Melbourne 1990 tram strike. Later, Jack Howard, social activist who has done history research for the Rail, Tram & Bus Union (RTBU) Victoria, joins the conversation with an abridged history of our transport unions from the early 1900s to present. LISTEN


10.00 - 11.00am | Anarchist World This Week | The real history of May Day

The real history of May Day in Narrm-Melbourne presented by Joe Toscano. You can join Joe on his free annual May Day Walking Tour commencing at Chummie Pl, Carlton from 12 - 1.30pm, with commentary on sites of significance in Melbourne. LISTEN


11.00 - 1.00pm | Bunjil's Fire | First Nations workers' rights

Indigenous actions and workers' rights concerning First Nations involvement (and exclusion) in so-called Australia's trade union movements, presented by Bunjileenee Robbie Thorpe with guest host Keiran Stewart-Assheton, President of the Black Peoples UnionLISTEN


1.00 - 2.00pm | Kultural Kinetics | Hip hop is resistance

Kurly navigates a sonic journey with commentary and tracks about workers' rights and workers' movements. LISTEN


2.00 - 4.00pm | Lazy Wednesday Afternoon | Worker solidarity

Kate Reid and Suzy Steininger take you on a 2-hour trip with tracks about worker solidarity, workers' songs, and resistance movements. LISTEN


4.00 - 5.00 pm | Radical Australia | West Papuan movements

Joe Toscano and Kelly Whitworth yarn with Catholic academic and Adjunct Professor Greg Poulgrain about his research and engagement with West Papuan people through the lens of progressive social change. LISTEN


5.00 - 6.30pm | Special broadcast: Uprise Radio May 1st | International Workers' Day rally

Outside Broadcast Techs Annie and Phuong recording Cyndi Makabory's speech.

We cross live to the May Day rally 'International Workers' Day' denouncing capitalism-colonialism and imperialism, from the State Library of Victoria, starting with interviews with attendees and sounds from the rally, presented by Annie McLoughlin and Priya Kunjan, with Claudia Craig in the 3CR studio. Later we hear from speakers: Keiran Stewart-Assheton & Jasper Coen-Hunter from the Black Peoples Union; Tasnim Sammak, Palestinian organiser, Unionists for Palestine; Cyndi Makabory, West Papuan activist; Hakim, Organiser with African Solidarity Collective; Marisol Salinas Caicheo, Member of LASNET; and Hijrah Ahmed, member of Anak Bangsa Merdeka. Details.

Organised by Black Peoples Union (BPU), Australia Asia Worker Links (AAWL), Latin American Solidarity Network (LASNET), Renegade Activists, The Sit-Intifada, and Free Palestine Naarm. Details. LISTEN


7.00 - 7.30pm | Special feature: | The Pilbara Stike

Guest hosts Michael Clune, an AWU delegate, organiser with Unionists for Palestine, and member of Victorian Socialists; Declan Furber Gillick, Central Arrernte man from Mparntwe, Central Australia, an Aboriginal communist, trade unionist, and member of Unionists for Palestine; and Oskar Martin, Bundjalung and Kamilaroi man and currently the Indigenous representative on Students’ Council at the University of Melbourne Student Union, discuss the Pilbara Strike, the longest strike in Australian history lasting 3 years, starting on 1 May 1946 and ending in 1949, where about 800 Aboriginal pastoral workers in NW Western Australia went on strike. Production Michele Vescio. Full conversation coming soon. LISTEN


Sunday 5 May

12.00 - 3.00pm | Special broadcast: Trades Hall May Day rally and demonstration

Host Annie interviewing PPTEU members in the 3CR marquee with Outside Broadcast Tech Phuong.

Live-cross to the May Day celebrations taking place from outside Trades Hall in Carlton, with Amy Ciara and Michele Vescio in the 3CR Studios: starting with cconversations with stall-holders, unionists and organisers hosted by Annie McLoughlin, listening to singing (Victorian Trades Union Choir) and speeches by Shirley Winton, No AUKUS Coalition Vic and ex-union official; Noura Mansour, Australia Palestine Advocacy Network (APAN). This broadcast finishes up during the march, with at the May Day Rally joined by the weekly Free Palestine Rally, with attendee vox pops and rally sounds presented by Pilar Aguilera.

Organised by May Day Committee Vic. DetailsLISTEN


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Tuesday 9:00am to 9:30am
Each year on May 1, International Workers Day, communities from around the world join in to celebrate the achievements of the labour movement and to show solidarity with the continued struggle for labour rights everywhere.



May Day 2024

1 May 2024
Wed 1 May, 12.30am - 7.30pm: Discussions on workers' rights and solidarity actions. 

May Day 2023

1 May 2023
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May Day 2021

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