Happy Labour Day

Posted By TEU on Oct 19, 2017 |

Millions of Kiwis will enjoy a day off paid work on Monday to commemorate the successful union campaign 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 in Wellington.

Labour Day was first celebrated in New Zealand on 28 October 1890, but it was not until 1899 that it was made a statutory public holiday.

However you spend your Labour Day, take a moment to reflect on what can be achieved when we stand together in union.

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