Ribbon celebrating the Victorian branch of the Australia Boot Trade Employees Federation.

Action taken by stonemasons on 21 April 1856 led to the establishment of the Eight Hour Day, with the government agreeing that workers employed on public works should enjoy an eight hour day with no loss of pay. It was a world first and became emblematic of the rights of labour. In recognition of the significance of this achievement, April 21 was made a public holiday in 1879 and commemorative marches were held each year from 1879 until 1951. The Eight Hour Day holiday was renamed Labour Day in 1934. In 1955 the Labour Day march and celebrations were replaced by Moomba celebrations.

Physical Description

Red ribbon with gold tassle sewn to the bottom. A crest is located at the top of the ribbon, it features the words 'Unionism Our Protector' and underneath this is printed '888 Hours'. In the centre a gold emblem appears. It features a boot surrounded by printed text and fancy crests. The lower section features a gold ribbon embossed with the Federation letters and the branch name. A large safety pin is attached to the top of ribbon. A staple is holding the pin in place.

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