Labour Day commemorates the granting of the eight hour working day. It also recognises the role of the worker in Australia's economy.
For this occasion all government offices are closed as well as all post offices, schools, and most businesses. Some public transport may not run.
During the mid to late 1800s the working day was long and many people worked twelve hours a day for six days a week.
In 1856 stonemasons marched on Parliament House in Melbourne and the struggle officially began. First came the 48 hour working week. The idea spread. In 1879 a paid public holiday was declared to celebrate the eight hour working day. Marches began in 1891. The Eureka flag was carried then as it still is today.
This is the chance for the little man, the worker, the bloke who puts up with everything, to be seen and heard.