Story: Strikes and labour disputes

Eight Hour Day Committee, 1890

Eight Hour Day Committee, 1890

English-born carpenter Samuel Parnell (front row, centre) sits in the middle of the committee set up to make the eight-hour day standard for all occupations and workplaces. In 1890 the annual holiday of Labour Day was introduced to celebrate Parnell’s historic refusal, 50 years earlier, to work more than eight hours a day without paid overtime.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, W. G. Rainbow Collection (PAColl-2324)
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Mark Derby, 'Strikes and labour disputes - Early labour disputes', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 6 December 2023)

Story by Mark Derby, published 11 Mar 2010, updated 1 Mar 2016