May Day | Northern Territory 2018


May Day | Northern Territory 2018

Labour Day | Northern Territory 2018

Northern Territory celebrates May Day (Labour Day) with a public holiday on Monday 7th May 2018.

Labour Day is an annual public holiday that celebrates the eight-hour working day, a victory for workers in the mid-late 19th century.

The argument for the eight-hour day was based on the need for each person to have eight hours labour, eight hours recreation and eight hours rest.

In the early 19th century, most labourers worked 10- or 12-hour days for six days each week. The 1850s brought a strong push for better conditions. A significant part of the push began in 1855 in Sydney. On 21 April 1856, in Melbourne, the stonemasons workers staged a well-organised protest. They downed tools and walked to Parliament House with other members of the building trade. Their fight was for an eight-hour day, effectively a 48-hour week to replace the 60-hour week. The government agreed to an eight-hour day for workers employed on public works, with no loss of pay.

The win was a world first but did not end all labour problems. Many working conditions were harsh and demanding, and women were paid a lot less than men. But the victory for the eight-hour day was significant and several hundred building workers marched in a parade in May 1856 to celebrate their win.

Tinsmiths, bootmakers, tailors, metal workers and stonemasons were amongst many of workers' groups that protested and fought for better working conditions across the country. Over the next two decades, one by one, the states brought in the eight-hour-day although the working week was still officially six days until 1948 when it was changed to five days.

Labour Day is also often referred to as May Day around the world. Internationally it is celebrated on 1 May and is known as International Workers' Day in more than 80 countries. International Workers' Day traces its international routes back to the 1886 Haymarket affair in Chicago, USA. The universal significance is that, across the world, the eight-hour day is considered the fairest working hours in a day for people in any industry.

Today, Labour Day in Australia is known as Eight-Hour Day in Tasmania and May Day in the Northern Territory. It is always on a Monday, creating a long weekend. Marches or parades only usually occur in Queensland now, and not always there depending on the state government at the time.


When

Date: Monday 7th of May 2018



Web Links


Link May Day | Northern Territory 2018 Link opens in new browser window

City Link www.labourday.com.au

City Link www.8hourday.org.au

City Link www.publicholidays.com.au


About This Page



Disclaimer: Advertising details can change at any time. Readers are advised to check with the advertiser (links above) before attending. Publisher Disclaimer

Page Links

Update This Page | Smart Phone Version

Listing Links

Listing Category | Locality: Darwin



Facebook Twitter Google+ YouTube Mobile

Thursday 17 August 2017



Darwin Weather Forecast

onlycity
Fast Links..

Featured
LCF Clubs | Language Clubs for Kids
View LCF Clubs | Language Clubs for Kids
Join our fun language clubs and learn French Spanish German Italian and Mandarin. LCF Fun Languages Australia was More..

Klika | Australian Online Department Store
View Klika | Australian Online Department Store
Klika has over 10,000 products for shoppers covering everything from fitness equipment tools home living music More..

Catch | Daily Deals
View Catch | Daily Deals
Have Catch daily deals delivered piping hot to your inbox. Do you remember Catch Of The Day, well now we're known More..


Check Out..
JasonL Office Furniture
View JasonL Office Furniture
We deliver office furniture Australia wide including Sydney Melbourne Perth Brisbane Canberra Adelaide and more. JasonL provides factory direct Office Furniture straight to you the customer. It ...

Darwin Military Museum
View Darwin Military Museum
Set in four acres of tropical gardens by the sea, Darwin Military Museum and the Defence of Darwin Experience are not just for the military enthusiast, but for every member of the family. The ...


Trending

View Live Traffic Feed

Editor's Picks
Tour de Cure
View Tour de Cure
Tour de Cure exists to cover ground to cure cancer. We choose to ride a bike as our vehicle to cure | More..

Harvey Norman
View Harvey Norman
Harvey Norman has a commitment to quality, value and service in store and online. Harvey Norman has over | More..

onlycity
Traveller Links..



What's On Network