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Lethal Weapon star catches footy match amid union campaign

9News.com.au logo 9News.com.au 16/07/2018 Jonathan Kearsley


The ACTU, Australia's largest collection of powerful unions representing workers, has brought in its own 'Lethal Weapon' in its fight for better pay and increased job security.

Danny Glover is the headline act for the ACTU Congress which is being held in Brisbane from tomorrow.

The Hollywood actor and director flew in to Australia last week and has spent days meeting with union members.

The man who famously declared "'I'm too old for this s---" apparently, is not.

He even hit the by-election campaign trail in the Queensland seat of Longman, door-knocking with candidate Susan Lamb.

The duo watched a women's Aussie Rules game in the electorate.

Glover told a rally in Caboolture he had met with Indigenous Australians, and threw his support behind Labor.

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"Their struggle for citizenship is real, that is the same citizenship we are all entitled to," Glover said.

"This right here is one step, electing Susan Lamb is one step, electing candidates from the ALP is one step. But it has to be sustainable.

"We are all brothers and sisters in this struggle."

Actor Danny Glover marches with others outside the U.S. Capitol during the Poor People's Campaign rally at the National Mall in Washington on Saturday, June 23, 2018. © AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana Actor Danny Glover marches with others outside the U.S. Capitol during the Poor People's Campaign rally at the National Mall in Washington on Saturday, June 23, 2018. Last week he addressed the New South Wales Trades Hall on Indigenous issues.

"Wasn't Australia a prison colony? Look at Georgia where my mother is from. The state of Georgia was a prison colony initially. There's similarities with these places.

"We have to support the Uluru statement from the heart. We have to work and continue to work to find ways of justice. Martin Luther King once said that 'peace is simply not the absence of conflict but the presence of justice'."

While the pairing of the man who played Rogert Murtaugh, with Australia's Council of Trade Unions, might seem a little odd, perhaps even peculiar, the 71-year-old is no stranger to activism.

The son of two postal workers, Glover became a member of a Students Union and has gone on to campaign for civil rights.

He's also served as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Program.

His website described his main focus as being in the areas of poverty, disease and economic development in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.

He once told a magazine: "I try to find hope in struggle and resistance in small places as much as I can. The progressive movement against the war of occupation in Iraq is a reason for hope, as is resistance to free trade agreements in Latin America.

"Those are moments that we have to celebrate: that people still find the resolve and energy to resist."

The ACTU is ramping up its fight for better wages for its members and increased job security as part of the Change the Rules campaign.

In an interview with 9NEWS ahead of the ACTU Congress, Union Secretary Sally McManus said: "At the moment inequality in our country is at a 70-year high, that's not something the trade union movement accepts. It's always been the country of a fair go and we'll fight for that.

"Most countries, developed countries in the world have more secure work than we do in Australia. Our minimum wage should be a living wage, meaning people shouldn't be living in poverty. Penalty rates need to be restored."

The government has hit back, with Workplace Relations Minister Craig Laundy saying: "Our great concern in the Turnbull Coalition Government is what deals he might do with the ACTU. The loser out of all of this consistently, will be Australian businesses and Australian employees of those businesses."

The ACTU Congress takes place in Brisbane over two days from tomorrow.

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