Labour Day - Australia
Mon, Oct 3, 2022

Labour Day

Labor Day is celebrated on the first Monday in October in Australia. In some states it takes place in May (Queensland) and March (Tasmania, Victoria). The date marks an important milestone: Australian workers have achieved shorter working hours without lowering wages. Many countries, including the US, were inspired by the idea and followed suit.

History

The origins of the holiday can be traced back to the 1800s: many workers at that time worked 12 hours a day and at the same time had only one day off. In 1856, masons from the University of Melbourne went to the Houses of Parliament, protesting against the rigid framework. Employers listened to the conditions and went forward, forming a 48-hour week.

In the same year, a solemn march took place! In subsequent years, other states of the country achieved the 8-hour working day. Labor Day talks about the struggle for fair working conditions, employee empowerment and other opportunities. It’s hard to imagine now that it took years of hard work to bring in lunch breaks, paid vacations, and having a trivial day off. After all, working people are the backbone of any economy!

Interesting facts

Amazing things:

  • the longest working day was recorded in Belgium – a housewife fried french fries without a break for 78 hours and 1 minute;
  • American dentists use at least 13 tons of gold;
  • the shortest working week in the Netherlands – it is 30,5 hours;
  • slaves in ancient Egypt were in a difficult position, because they were the property of the owner. But for good work, slaves had to be fed, clothed, treated, provided with housing. Therefore, many of them were industrious, and if they became free, they had a certain wealth;
  • the oldest worker lived in New Jersey – even at 100 years old, he regularly came to the place of work.

How to celebrate

Take part in the parade if the event takes place in your city! This is a key part of the holiday, there are always a lot of people here. Get together with friends in the countryside and have a picnic. You can celebrate the holiday in your yard – cook a barbecue and invite your loved ones.

When is Labour Day celebrated in 2022?

Labour Day is observed on the first Monday in October each year.

Observations

Weekday Month Day Year
Monday October 3 2022
Monday October 2 2023
Monday October 7 2024
Monday October 6 2025
Monday October 5 2026

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