IEU joins Union Pride

IEUA NSW/ACTBranch Secretary Carol Matthews, Senator Tony Sheldon and Unions NSW Assistant Secretary Thomas Costa in the Union Pride float

Unionism sparkles in the Mardi Gras parade

We can’t change the past but we can change the future

At this year’s Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, the Union Pride float was dedicated to the union movement’s ongoing solidarity with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Union Pride collaborated with Birri Gubba woman Lara Watson, who was the artist behind “Wadya Gathering”, the design adopted by the Yes campaign last year.

The IEU was represented by NSW/ACT Branch Secretary Carol Matthews and Organiser Peter Criticos. “The IEU was proud to join the Mardi Gras parade again this year as part of Union Pride,” said Matthews. “We are always stronger for diversity.”

Union Pride was joined by members of the First Nations Workers Alliance and unions represented included the Australian Council of Trade Unions, Unions NSW, Australian Services Union NSW/ACT, Australian Services Union SA and NT Branch, Australian Manufacturing Workers Union NSW & ACT Branch, Electrical Trades Union, Community and Public Sector Union, Flight Attendants’ Association of Australia, Finance Sector Union of Australia, Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance, Transport Workers Union, United Workers Union, United Services Union and the Public Service Association of NSW.

The IEU flag flies on Oxford Street during the Mardi Gras Parade carried by IEU Organiser Peter Criticos

Katie Camarena