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22/01/1979 UK paralyzed with "day of action", biggest strike since 1926

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Public Workers Strike-1979

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Charing Cross Hospital Strike-1979

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Jim Callaghan Press Conference 1979

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Dustmens Dispute-February 1979

Public sector strike was the first of a series of strikes. They are demanding a £60 minimum wage for manual workers and a 35-hour week. This is the beginning of "the winter of discontent". The strikes continued until 14 February, when the government sealed an uneasy pact with the unions.
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    • Essentials 

    • Background 

    • Ford negotiations 

    • Political difficulties 

    • Onset of severe winter weather 

    • Lorry drivers' strike 

    • Media response by Callaghan and Thatcher 

    • Public sector employees 

    • End of the strikes 

    • Effect on general election 

    • Legacy 

    • Bibliography