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Thursday 31 August 2023

Behind the Strikes: the story of two female union leaders holding the weight of their workforces

Unveiling "Behind the Strikes": A Compelling Documentary by Sky News

Step behind the curtain in a poignant and gripping new documentary, "Behind the Strikes," as Sky News offers an exclusive glimpse into two of the most significant and disruptive trade union conflicts of 2023 involving teachers and nurses.

The narrative unfolds through the remarkable stories of two women: Pat Cullen, General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, and Dr. Mary Bousted, Joint Leader of the National Education Union. As the lenses capture their emotional journeys, we witness their fervent advocacy for their predominantly female workforces, who face a loss of income with each day they spend on strike.

In a landscape where private sector wage growth has outpaced inflation, educators gear up for another demanding academic year, nurses brace themselves for the challenges of the winter season, and the nation grapples with the strains of the cost-of-living crisis. The film delves deep into the realities of an 8-month-long struggle for improved compensation, unfolding during a year that has witnessed the largest surge of industrial strikes in three decades.

Cristina Nicolotti Squires, Director of Content for Sky News, commented, "These industrial strikes represent some of the most significant work stoppages in recent memory, yet the human stories behind the headlines often remain untold. Our cameras have artfully captured the personal experiences of those directly involved, taking audiences on a journey that encompasses nurses shedding tears on frosty picket lines and Pat Cullen confronting death threats from within her own union. The true victors of these strikes will be left to the discernment of our viewers."

Mark your calendars for the documentary's premiere on Thursday, September 7th, at 8pm on both Sky Documentaries and Sky Showcase. Catch an encore presentation on Friday, September 8th, at 9pm on Sky News (accessible on Freeview channel 233, Sky channel 501, Virgin channel 603, and BT channel 313).

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