July - Manitoba public sector forced into mandatory layoff days

July 23, 1993
Manitoba public sector employees were forced to take “Filmon Fridays” with the passage of the Public Sector Reduced Work Week and Compensation Management Act by the Conservative government of Gary Filmon. The law forced all public sector employees to take a temporary wage rollback by establishing a mandatory layoff of up to a maximum of 15 days for public employees. For most employees, this resulted in seven long weekends – “Filmon Fridays” – and three days off between Christmas and New Year’s Day for a period of three years.