5th Day of January

1914 – The modern eight-hour workday is officially recognised

The eight-hour workday is officially started on the 5th January, 1914 with the Ford Motor Company announces an eight-hour workday and minimum daily wage of $5 in salary plus bonuses.

The eight-hour day movement or 40-hour week movement, also known as the short-time movement, was a social movement to regulate the length of a working day, preventing excesses and abuses.

1914 – The modern eight-hour workday is officially recognised

An eight hour work day has it origins in the 16th century, but the modern movement dates back to the Industrial Revolution in Britain, where industrial production in large factories transformed working life.

At that time, the working day could range from 10 to 16 hours, the work week was typically six days a week and the use of child labour was common.

Extra Note: The eight-hour day was the first topic discussed by the International Labour Organization which resulted in the Hours of Work (Industry) Convention, 1919 ratified by 52 countries as of 2016.

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