The ETU comes knocking

Nicholas McCallum

Victoria door-knocking blitz could be enough to sway election.

On Saturday the 13th of October ETU Victoria Secretary, Troy Gray, co-hosted one of the biggest election door knocks ever seen in Victoria.

Dozens of ETU members were among over 200 unionist who turned out to pound the pavement in Bentleigh and Mordiallocin in Melbourne's south-east. With the Victorian election only weeks away these two super marginal seats could be the key to ensuring the Andrews Labor Government is re-elected ahead of the Liberals.

ETU Vic Secretary Troy Grey and AEU Organiser Meaghan Flack meet locals in a mass doorknock in Melbourne's south-east.

Recruitment for the event started off with a bang with a massive “barnstorm” at the recent Victorian Trades Hall Council Delegates meeting. Over 100 people signed up via text message in minutes at the meeting of union delegates from across the state. It only got bigger from there as online sign ups quickly flowed in.

The key issues for the day were Industrial Manslaughter, Wage Theft, Aged Care and Education. Our aim was talk to locals about these core election issues and ask them to sign pledges to only vote for parties who put these issues first. After a short briefing from the organisers we all buddied up into pairs and were set out on our way.

More than 200 union volunteers get ready to rap on doors and swing the Victorian State Election.

We were blessed with perfect weather for the day as we set out in the sunshine. The ETU Victoria Secretary, Troy Gray, teamed up with AEU Organiser Meaghan Flack to chat to locals about Education funding. The three-hour door knock breezed by in no time as locals were keen to chat and get behind our campaign. Before we knew it, it was back to base to tally up and celebrate our achievements with a barbecue.

The massive door-knocking team collected more 600 pledges from voters to put our issues first at this coming election. With Bentleigh sitting on a margin of just 285 votes and Mordialloc just 805, those 600 pledges could be what seal the deal for the local Labor candidates.

It was a day’s work well worth doing.

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