28 Oct 2019

Labour Day's resonance over the 20th century

From Labour Day, 8:30 am on 28 October 2019
Waihi Miners Strike 1912

Striking miners march through the streets of Waihi 1912 Photo: Supplied

Today is Labour Day, but what does that mean in 2019 and where have the name and the holiday come from? 

Cybèle Locke is a senior lecturer in history at Victoria University with a focus on Labour history particularly in New Zealand. She's the author of Workers in the Margins: Union Radicals in Post-war New Zealand and an upcoming biography of trade union leader Bill Andersen. 

She joins Emile to try and trace the evolution of Labour Day and what that story tells us about what's changed in the world of work in Aotearoa.  

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