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Happy Labour Day everyone!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Labour Day (Monday 26th October) commemorates the struggle for an eight-hour working day. New Zealand workers were among the first in the world to claim this right when, in 1840, the carpenter Samuel Parnell won an eight-hour day. Other employers tried to impose longer hours, but Parnell enlisted the support of other workers and informed those arriving on incoming ships of the local custom. In October 1840 a meeting of Wellington workers apparently resolved to work eight hours a day, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Labour Day was first celebrated in New Zealand on 28 October 1890, when several thousand union members and supporters attended parades in the main centres. As many of you will know well, the struggle goes on for eight hour days, with excessive hours and casualised hours on the increase – Samuel Parnell and friends set an important example for us all in being organised to challenge such injustices.

Call us on 0800 863477 if you have any questions about your rights regarding Labour Day as a public holiday.

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