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Hymn suggestions for Labour / Labor Day services

Labour / Labor Day honours workers rights issues, and the dignity of human work.  It is sometimes known as "Eight Hour Day".
  • In the USA and Canada it is the first Monday in September, 
  • In Australia the dates vary by state, 
  • In New Zealand it is the first Monday in October, 
  • In England and Ireland and many other places internationally it is usually associated with the 1st of May.

Although Labour Day is a secular observance, the role of work and workers rights feature in many church teachings, and services marking Labour Day or employment rights issues are common.

Below is a selection of free-to-use (ie public domain or copyright-free) hymns and songs, suitable for use at church or religious services for Labor Day, or which are specifically about labour issues, workers rights and the dignity of work, or the role of work in human life.

"Free-to-use" means the words can be copied and sung to at least one tune with no concerns about copyright or performance licensing - sometimes in a limited setting.  Many such hymns are old/traditional - but where possible a variety of styles and genres are included.

The theological perspective of these hymns varies widely, reflecting the different ways that Christian churches view work.    There is also a second list, containing hymns that are not copyright, which are focussed more on workers rights / dignity.