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28 Days: The Public Sector Strike in Newfoundland and Labrador

28 Days: The Public Sector Strike in Newfoundland and Labrador

It is told through the eyes of two key players – Tory Premier Danny Williams and Chief Union Negotiator Leo Puddister.

From the moment the premier of Newfoundland and Labrador announced, on January 5, 2004, that he would freeze wages of all government workers, the stage was set for a showdown. The contract deadline was midnight March 31, and talks between Williams and Puddister collapsed acrimoniously with just hours to spare. What happened next was the largest public sector strike in the province's history, pitting the charismatic cost-conscious premier against his equally charismatic and folksy union opponent. The 28-day dispute has defined the Williams government, and set a new more austere tone for union government relations to come.

This program belongs to the following categories:

  • Lifestyle & Human Interest
  • Documentary

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