Yes, another Thursday. For most of us, we are counting down until Labour Day graces us with a welcome Monday sleep-in.
While everyone who has booked on StandbyRates for the long weekend is heading off for a well deserved rest, I decided to research the history of Labour Day and why it is we celebrate it.
Going far back into the 19th Century, Labour Day is a celebration of what is known as the Australian Labour Movement. Ever wondered where all our worker’s rights and unions originated from?
Starting from the first settlements where prisoners and foreign labourers were under slavery conditions, the movement started to take form when the abolition of slavery in Great Britain echoed onto the Australia soil.
All throughout the 19th Century different movements were formed to lower working hours and increase wages. Some of these unions included the craft union and the Stonemasons Society.
1890 marked the era of The Great Strikes. The craft union become organised and help four historic strikes; 1890 Maritime strike, 1891 Shearers strike, 1982 Broken Hill Miners and the 1884 Shearers strike. These strikes were unsuccessful as the consequence resulted in police violence against the protesters. Finally the idea came to mind that if parliament was not going to listen, then they were going to take matters in parliament. Hence through manhood suffrage, they created the Australian Labour Party.
Since then the Labour Party has established itself as one of the major political parties of Australia and a day of when workers stood up for their beliefs was held and thus Labour Day is celebrated in the first week of October.
Let us all celebrate this event by taking a whole day off at work to remind ourselves that we don’t have to work the exhaustive hours that our ancestors had once done!
In the spirit of the long-weekend I have released another promotional code for any new users who would like to sign-up to our FREE membership at http://www.standbyrates.com.au/.
The code is: strikers
The code is only valid until Labour Day so pop along and join up for an instant 5% discount off the listed prices on our site.
Happy Labour Day and remember to live a little, save a lot!
Going into Standby…