Sky News has made a documentary that takes cameras behind the scenes of two of the biggest and most disruptive trade union industrial disputes of 2023, teachers and nurses.

Behind the Strikes tells the story through the lens of two women: Pat Cullen, the Royal College of Nursing’s General Secretary and Dr Mary Bousted, the National Education Union’s joint leader (pictured), following their emotional journey as they represent their predominantly female workforces who are losing pay every day they’re out on strike.

At a time when private sector pay growth has passed inflation, teachers will return to schools for another stretched year, nurses head into the pressures of winter and the country continues to navigate the cost-of-living crisis, the film encapsulates the realities behind the 8-month battle for better pay in a year that’s seen the biggest wave of industrial strikes in 30 years.

Cristina Nicolotti Squires, Director of Content for Sky News, said: “These strikes hit most people in this country but the public knows little about the people behind them. From the chill of winter picket lines to a summer of tension as union members voted on whether to accept government pay offers, our cameras were there with Pat and Mary as they rallied their members and fought with ministers for pay rises. It’s up to our viewers to decide who has really triumphed from these strikes.”

The documentary will air on Thursday 7 September at 8pm on Sky Documentaries and Sky Showcase and on Friday 8 September at 9pm on Sky News (Freeview channel 233, Sky 501, Virgin 603, BT 313).

Pippa Considine

Share this story

Share Televisual stories within your social media posts.
Be inclusive: is open access without the need to register.
Anyone and everyone can access this post with minimum fuss.