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On Labour Day, hundreds of thousands of Queenslanders will celebrate the achievements of the union movement and use the day to signify resistance to the breakdown of democracy in Queensland.

They will celebrate the eight-hour day, workplace health and safety, equal pay for women and the basic commitment to a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work.

But under the Newman Government, it has taken just two years to undermine generations of social and workplace progress and take the state backwards.