Construction workers have risked their pay to demonstrate against Queensland laws on unions entering workplaces, which came into force last month.
Hundreds of construction workers have rallied in Brisbane to protest against new right-of-entry laws for unions.
Unionists have marched on parliament’s Executive Building, opposing laws that force unions to give 24-hours notice before entering a work site.
The Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union’s Queensland president, David Hanna, told a crowd of more than 350 people they had an obligation to uphold workplace safety standards.
“When he comes and tells you it’s time to walk off the job due to safety, you have to walk off and support yourselves to support the union to make sure that you keep a safe site and we keep fatality-free, unionised jobs in this state,” he said.
Federal MP Bob Katter was cheered when he told protesters he supported their right to walk off sites in protest.
The rally comes a day after thousands of union members staged protests across Queensland, expressing anger at the Newman government’s decision to move the Labour Day holiday from May to October.
On Monday, the CFMEU members repeated the message, chanting: “Campbell Newman, Jarrod Bleijie, May Day stays in bloody May.”
Ahead of the rally, the Fair Work Building and Construction office warned unions their members risked forfeiting pay if they protested during work hours.
“Workers who participate in the rally during work hours without permission cannot be paid, or ask to be paid, for their time at the rally,” the commonwealth industrial regulator said in a statement.