Selected by NZ On Screen team
Labour Day commemorates the struggle for an eight-hour working day. New Zealand workers were among the first in the world to claim this right when, in 1840, carpenter Samuel Parnell won an eight-hour day for workers in Wellington. This collection brings together 13 titles that relate to Kiwi working life, from economic revolutions and industrial disputes to Gliding On.
The Labour Day Act of 1899 created a statutory public holiday on the second Wednesday in October. Find out why at NZHistory.net.
Read the world-leading story of Samuel Parnell's fight for the eight-hour working day in the New Zealand Dictionary of Biography.
"... eight of these should be for work, eight for sleep, and the remaining eight for recreation and in which for men to do what little things they want for themselves ...”
Carpenter Samuel Parnell working out his vision for working life in the new settlement, 1840