Labour Day in New Zealand
Every year on the fourth Monday in October, New Zealand celebrates Labour Day. It commemorates the struggle for an 8 hour working day which was led by Samuel Parnell, a carpenter from Wellington. He won the right to an 8 hour working day in 1840. The first Labour Day wasn't celebrated until the 28th of October, 1890 when several thousand union members and supporters attended parades in main city centres. These days Labour Day in New Zealand is just another public holiday and many people have forgotten the original purpose of it. I'm just happy we get a day off!