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eight-hour day:

see labor lawlabor law,
legislation dealing with human beings in their capacity as workers or wage earners. The Industrial Revolution, by introducing the machine and factory production, greatly expanded the class of workers dependent on wages as their source of income.
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Eight-Hour Day

Each of Australia's states celebrates the improvements that have been made in working conditions with its own Labor Day. The Eight-Hour Day holiday is marked with parades and celebrations to commemorate trade union efforts to limit working hours. In many places, people still chant the unions' slogan: "Eight hours' labor, eight hours' recreation, and eight hours' rest!," which, by happenstance, is the basis of St. Benedict's Rule of Life for religious orders.
In Queensland Labour Day is celebrated on the first Monday in May; in New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, and South Australia it's the first Monday in October; in Western Australia it's the first Monday in March; and in Tasmania and Victoria it's the second Monday in March. In New Zealand, Labour Day is observed on the first Monday in October.
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Notes: Contract should be based on an eight hour day for 178 days of cleaning beginning the first day of school and ending the last day of school each year.
Rather, he concludes, success came through the strengthening of the labour movement through strikes, the evidence of continued economic success provided by those businesses that moved to an eight hour day, and public sympathy for worker protests in the aftermath of Haymarket.
The Eight Hour Day Movement organised all workers to publicly demand the right to eight hours of work, eight hours of recreation and eight hours of rest per day which seems like a reasonable request although the majority of their employers didn't see it this way.
On that day an estimated 300,000 workers downed their tools in pursuit of an eight hour day, a demand that affirmed their worth beyond their hours of toil.
It was initially used to demonstrate for the introduction of the eight hour day for workers.
The first WNA effort in economic and general welfare was its concerted action to achieve an eight hour day for nurses.
Also known as International Workers' Day, the occasion commemorates the Haymarket Massacre in Chicago in 1886, when Chicago police fired on workers during a general strike for the eight hour day, killing a dozen demonstrators.
In the last 90 years the ILO has played a vital role in many workplace improvements that we now take for granted, including the 6 day week, the basic eight hour day, and the right to organize, said Donglin Li, ILOs Country Director to Pakistan.
You can't record non-stop for an eight hour day because your voice just gives up.
The labor movement used the dominant culture's gendered representations of fallen women, tramps and street waifs to assert their demands for a living (family) wage and an eight hour day.
Modern life - e-mail, desk deliveries, long hours at work and commuting - means that nearly two thirds of working women sit for more than six hours of an eight hour day.
The 53-year-old has been off sick from the parly for six months after suffering pneumonia but was seen putting in an eight hour day at his pounds 80,000-a-year director's job in June.