Melbourne celebrates Labour Day with a public holiday on Monday March 14th, 2011. The celebration of Labour Day has its origins in the eight hour day movement, which advocated eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest.
(Labour Day) Australia
Celebrating the Australian labour movement, the Labour Day public holiday is fixed by the various state and territory governments, and so varies considerably. It is the first Monday in October in the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales and South Australia. In both Victoria and Tasmania, it is the second Monday in March (though the latter calls it Eight Hours Day). In Western Australia, Labour Day is the first Monday in March. In both Queensland and the Northern Territory, it is the first Monday in May.
And now for some music …
From Little Things Big Things Grow – Make Poverty History
Billy Bragg – There is Power in a Union
Natalie Merchant: Which Side are You On?