Fair Work for a Fair Day’s Pay



source: THE EIGHT HOUR WORKINGMEN’S DEMONSTRATION HOLIDAY SONG BOOK

pamphlet published by A W Beard, George Street, Sydney

Mitchell library

AIR.— “Auld Lang Syne,” OR ” Partant Pour la Syria.”
SITE SOURCE: Labour History

FAIR WORK FOR A FAIR DAY’S PAY

Let’s raise our voices, loud proclaim,
“Tis the workman’s holiday,
Our constant steadfast honest aim,
Fair work for a fair day’s pay.

CHORUS—Eight hours for work, eight hours for play.
Eight hours for rest we claim ,
A fair day’s work for a fair day’s pay,
Our constant honest aim.

Australia hail! land of the free !
We love thy fertile soil;
We walk erect, nor bow the knee,
We live by honest toil.

Eight hours for work, eight hours for play,
Eight hours for rest we claim;
A fair day’s work for a fain day’s pay,
Our constant honest aim.

We scorn oppression, seek not strife,
In this peaceful happy land.
Our homes, our Queen we love as life,
We’ll protect them hand in hand.

Eight hours for work, eight hours for play,
Eight hours for rest we claim ;
A fair day’s work for a fair day’s pay,
Our constant honest aim,

We despise the miser and his gold,
We envy not his wealth;
We shrink not from the heat and cold,
Our labour brings us health.

Eight hours for work, eight hours for play,
Eight hours for rest we claim ;
A fair day’s work for ‘a fair day’s pay,
Our constant honest aim.

Then, Brother Workmen, shout for joy,
On this our holiday;
We’ve earned our sweets without alloy,
With fair work for fair pay.

Eight hours for work, eight hours for play,
Eight hours for rest we claim ;
A fair day’s work for a fair day’s pay,
Our constant honest aim.