May Day is a celebration of International Workers Solidarity - a time to come together and celebrate our unity.

George Gotsis is best remembered as the Godfather of May Day - keeping it alive for the past five decades. He is also remembered for leading black bans on Greek shipping during the persecution of unionists and other progressives under the Greek junta in the seventies, organising Greek immigrant workers in Port Kembla and being a mentor for young activists - Sydney Branch Secretary Paul McAleer among them.

"I first met George down at CTAL after I'd been on the waterfront just four months and I've never seen a table shake so much," said Paul. "The way he beat that table, the passion he displayed is what's so inspirational about George.

"George came from struggle, had a whole working life devoted to the working class and he's never retired from the struggle."

Paul paid tribute to George still coming into the union rooms most days and providing him the skills and inspiration for the job.

"I absolutely love the bloke," he said. "He's a mentor of mine. George is president of May Day committee, I'm secretary and without his contribution May Day would be dead. Comrade you are an icon of MUA and internationally."

Produced by Jamie McMechan Maritime Union of Australia - Film Unit.

Maritime Union of Australia (MUA)
mua.org.au

Australian Council of Trade Union (ACTU)
actu.org.au/

International Transport Workers Federation (ITF)
itfglobal.org

International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
ituc-csi.org/

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