Labour Day March 2019
Labour Day History
Labour Day history in Australia spans over a century. It is a significant annual event remembering those who struggled and succeeded to ensure decent and fair working conditions in Australia. During the mid to late 1800s, the working day was long and demanding, where some employees would work up to 12 hours a day, six days a week.
Many Australians saw the need for better working conditions and there was a strong push for this in the 1850s. On April 21, 1856, stonemasons at the University of Melbourne and building workers on building sites around Melbourne stopped work and marched to Parliament House to push for an eight-hour working day. The Eight-hour-day movement advocated eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation and eight hours of rest.
An agreement with employers for a 48-hour week was eventually reached and Australian workers welcomed the new eight-hour day. A victory march was held on May 12 that year and each year after that. In 1856 the new work regulations were recognised in New South Wales, followed by Queensland in 1858 and South Australia in 1873.
In 1874, Tasmania joined the other states, which were colonies at the time, in adopting the shorter eight-hour working day. In 1879 the Victorian Government made one further step towards better conditions for employees by declaring a paid public holiday that year. Considering the labour movement’s successful push for an eight-hour day, a large May Day meeting was held in Melbourne in 1890. On May 1 that year a local newspaper referred to that day as May Day.
One of the first May Day/Labour Day marches in Australia occurred on May 1, 1891, in Queensland. More than 1000 people participated in the march and carried banners. The leaders wore blue sashes and the Eureka flag was carried. It was reported that cheers were given for “the eight-hour day”. The Labour Day date was moved from May to the second Monday in March in some parts of Australia after World War II. Since 1948, Labour Day in Western Australia has been observed on the first Monday in March. It marks the granting of the eight-hour working day to Western Australians.
The Labour Day public holiday varies considerably between the various states and territories. It is the first Monday in October in the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales and South Australia. In Western Australia, it is the first Monday in March. In both Victoria and Tasmania, it is the second Monday in March. In the Northern Territory and Queensland, it is the first Monday in May.
Opening and Closing Times at Metro Quarry Group
- Lang-Lang & Nyora Quarries Closed Midday Saturday 9th March
- Lang-Lang Quarry Reopens 05:00 Tuesday 12th March 2019
- Nyora Quarry Reopens 04:00 Tuesday 12th March 2019