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The Time of Their Lives: The Eight Hour Day and Working Life [Print Replica] Kindle Edition
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On 21 April 1856 Melbourne building workers won an industry-wide agreement to establish the Eight Hour Day. In the 150 years since then the slogan 'Eight Hours Labour, Eight Hours Recreation, Eight Hours Rest' has symbolised workers' efforts to take control over the time of their lives and, in doing so, strike a civilised balance between work, rest and play. It was an assertion that they were not simply 'operatives' in a labour market, but also family members and citizens in what they hoped could become a civilised community. This book offers historical perspectives on that continuing campaign to give readers a long-term context for our current debates over the work/life balance and power in the workplace.
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