I will happily take any opportunity to wave a red flag in public. My chance to do so this year was on May 1, the International Workers' Day.
In Newcastle, the Hunter Workers May Day community and union rally was held on May 1 instead of, as has been recent custom, on the closest Sunday. It was part of a renewed campaign by unions that saw more than 100,000 workers march through Melbourne on April 10 to demand a pay rise.
Is such action by unions just an attempt to stir up class conflict — the politics of envy — as conservative politicians would have us believe?