Labour Day in New Zealand
Labour Day in New Zealand is held on October 23. Date for 2023. Celebrated on the fourth Monday in October. This event in the third decade of the month October is annual. Help us
Labour Day 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 in Wellington.
The establishment of Labour Day reflected the growing influence of New Zealand's trade union movement in the 1880s and its efforts to improve employment conditions for all workers.
Labour Day, a public holiday in New Zealand since 1900, is a suitable occasion to pay tribute to Samuel Parnell, who achieved fame as the founder of the eight-hour working day in New Zealand.
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Labor Day in the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales and South Australia on October 2 (is celebrated on the first Monday in October);
White Shirt Day on February 11 (is marks the end of a union strike by employees of General Motors in 1937);
Labor Day in Victoria and Tasmania, Australia on March 11 (is celebrated on the second Monday in March);