Labour Day

Labour Day Quick Facts

2020 Date26 October 2020
2021 Date25 October 2021
Labour Day

Labour Day History

Labour Day is celebrated annually on the fourth Monday of October. Labour Day was first celebrated on October 1890 when trade union members and supporters attended parades and events. 28 October marked the first anniversary of the Maritime Council which supported transport and mining union. In 1899, the government declared that Labour day would be a statutory public holiday to be held on the second Wednesday of October.

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Labour Day Facts & Quotes

  • Samuel Parnell is considered the founder of the 8-hour working day in New Zealand. He attended the Labour Day parade in 1890, shortly before he passed away.
  • In 1910, the government moved the holiday from the second Wednesday of October to the fourth Monday of the same month.
  • Currently, the adult minimum wage in New Zealand is $15.25 NZD per hour and the starting-out/training wage is $12.20 NZD.
  • All life demands struggle. Those who have everything given to them become lazy, selfish, and insensitive to the real values of life. The very striving and hard work that we so constantly try to avoid is the major building block in the person we are today. - Pope Paul VI
  • Choose a job that you love, and you'll never have to work a day in your life - Confucius

Labour Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Enjoy the long weekend as summer begins in New Zealand. Get out and take advantage of the weather by having a BBQ or park day.
  • Learn more about the fundamental rights of workers in New Zealand. The New Zealand Government provides a comprehensive list of your rights and obligations in the workplace. Read up and know your rights.
  • Watch a documentary about the lack of workers' rights in other countries. Some of our favorites: Santa's Workshop, Rednecks and Culchies and Apple's Broken Promises.
  • Attend a local Labour Day Parade. Most local communities host their own parade or head to a city center and join in on the larger parade.
  • Read a popular book to help shape your perspective of workers' rights. Our favorites include: Gender, Labor and Power in the Global Apparel Industry, Fugitive Denim, Making Sweatshops and The Power to Choose.

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