Labour Day History
Labour Day in Victoria 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.
Labour Day is an annual holiday in Victoria and is celebrated on the second Monday in March. Elsewhere in the country, it is referred to as Eight Hours Day or as Labour Day but celebrated on differing dates.
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