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  1. Hindsight - 19 September 2010 - The rise and fall of the 8 hour day: part one – 888

    When stonemasons walked off the job on the site of Melbourne University on 21 April 1856, they were among the first in the world to achieve the 8 hour working day. Others before them – in Sydney and New Zealand – had paved the way, but it was in Melbourne, then a boom city fuelled by the Gold Rush, that the idea really took off and quickly spread across Australia, laying the foundations for what was to become one of the strongest trade union movements in the world.

    The journey from convict colony to what became known as ‘a workers’ paradise’ was inspired by English factory owner Robert Owen’s credo for a full and healthy life – 888: ‘eight hours labour, eight hours rest, and eight hours recreation’. As we approach the 150th anniversary of the Eight Hour Day Strike, Hindsight explores the rationale behind a movement which came to symbolise democracy in the workplace.

    http://www.abc.net.au/rn/hindsight/stories/2010/3010037.htm

    —Huffduffed by theJBJshow 3 years ago