Eight Hours Day History
Eight Hours Day celebrates the achievements of workers and their struggle for an 8-hour work day. On April 21, 1856, workers marched through the streets of Melbourne demanding an 8-hour working day. Their protest was ultimately successful and earned the Australians a reduced work day and more humane working conditions. The day serves to remember all of those who endured harsh working conditions and the battle to secure better working conditions.
Eight Hours Day is an annual holiday in Tasmania and is celebrated on the second Monday in March. Elsewhere in the country, it is referred to as Labour Day.
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Eight Hours Day References and Related SitesWendy Lewis; Simon Balderstone; John Bowman (2006). Events that Shaped Australia. New Holland Publishers. p. 57. ISBN 978-1-74110-492-9. Retrieved 7 March 2016. Events That Shaped Australia www.homeaway.com.au: Eight Hours Day independentaustralia.net: Labour day