Labour disputes

1915 Crowds in George Street pass St Andrews Cathedral at Sydney Town Hall
On This Day

Eight-hour day procession, 1915

The Labour Day public holiday is a day celebrating the eight-hour work day. The eight-hour work day was a long time coming - a working day could be up to 16 hours a day and six days a week

A large group of men stand in front of a train carriage at the Eveleigh Workshops in 1917

Eveleigh Workshops during the 1917 railway strike

On 2 August 1917 the General Strike began. It started in the Randwick Rail Workshops & Eveleigh Carriage Workshops & quickly spread to other industries until about 100,000 workers were on strike