Workers sent a clear message today - stop the cuts and don't start attacking workers' rights.
Tens of thousands of people around the country took to the streets today to stand up for decent public services and our rights at work, demanding that the Abbott Government urgently change direction.
Rallies were held in Melbourne, Mildura, Sydney, Newcastle, Broken Hill, Lismore Adelaide, Canberra, Perth, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Townsville, Mackay, Hobart, Launceston, Darwin and Tennant Creek.
The biggest crowds were in Melbourne with an estimated 50,000 in attendance and 20,000 in Sydney. In Canberra a 1000 people attended at Parliament House
ACTU Secretary Dave Oliver said "This Government is totally off track and their deep budget cuts are hurting our economy and putting pressure on households.”
Mr Oliver said workers were determined to make the Liberal Government a one term government.
“Tens of thousands of workers sent the Liberal Government a clear message today – stop with the cuts and start investing more, promoting growth and creating jobs,” Mr Oliver said.
“Australians do not want a Government that cuts wages, cuts penalty rates and slashes health and education" Mr Oliver said.