Oct 2018 | 150,000 expected to march through Melbourne CBD in ACTU rally

Date: 21 Oct 2018

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

About 150,000 people are expected to flood Melbourne’s CBD on Tuesday for a rally to improve wages to keep up with the cost of living.

The ACTU's Change the Rules campaign is ramping up ahead of the state and federal elections.

A similar rally in May caused large disruptions. Roads were closed and trams delayed when more than 100,000 workers took to the streets.

Tuesday’s rally will start at 10.30am at the Trades Hall on Lygon Street, then snake down Russell Street to La Trobe Street, then to Swanston Street, before ending at Federation Square at 12.30pm.

The campaign aims to "win a fairer share for working people", and provide a blueprint to deliver secure work and a pay rise to workers. It claims the Australian minimum wage is no longer keeping people out of poverty.