Largest public sector strike in Newfoundland’s history

Province's public sector paralysed as more than 19,000 workers walk off the job
||Last Updated: 07/21/2003

More than 19,000 public sector workers have walked off the job in Newfoundland, paralysing the province’s public sector.

The main issues in the dispute are wages and pensions. Wages in the province’s public sector have risen just seven per cent in 11 years.

Two unions are involved in the strike: the Newfoundland Association of Public and Private Employees (NAPE), representing 16,400 striking workers, and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), whose Newfoundland branch represents about 2,700 workers.