Labour Day is an annual holiday celebrated all over the world that resulted from efforts of the labour unionmovement, to celebrate the economic and social achievements ofworkers.
￼The celebration of Labour Day has its origins in theeight-hour day movement, which advocated eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest.
￼On 21 April 1856 stonemasons and building workers on building sites around Melbourne, Australia, stopped work and marched from the University of Melbourne to Parliament House to achieve an eight hour day.
￼Their direct action protest was a success, and they are noted as the first organized workers in the world to achieve an eight-hour day with no loss of pay, which subsequently inspired the celebration of Labour Day and May Day.
￼Most countries celebrate Labour Day on May 1, known as May Day.