Thousands of protestors will disrupt traffic and public transport routes as they march through Carlton and Melbourne’s CBD today.
The rally is part of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU)’s Change the Rules campaign, which protests what the organisation sees as the government’s inaction on job security and fair wages.
Protestors are expected to gather at Victoria Trades Hall in Carlton at 9.45am, when local band Cash Savage and the Last Drinks will take the stage. ACTU president Michele O’Neil will also speak, before protesters depart at 10.30am.
From Trades Hall, marchers will head down Russell Street and turn right at La Trobe Street, continuing until Swanston Street where they will turn left to stay on Bourke Street until reaching Parliament House.
Rally organisers expect to reach Parliament House around noon, and will clear out by 1pm.
Trams running along Swanston and Bourke are expected to stop when protestors march through these streets. Victoria Police may also close streets and roads off to traffic.
Organisers are expecting 100,000 people in Melbourne, and an additional 100,000 protestors at 13 other protests happening simultaneously across the country.
Earlier this week, animal rights activists also shut down a major intersection at the corner of Flinders and Swanston streets, bringing traffic to a halt during the Monday morning rush hour.