From the TUC

Add your name for the Shrewsbury 24

23 Jan 2013, By

Marchers with banner

Supporters carry the campaign’s banner on last October’s TUC march in London. Photo Alan Denny

The TUC gives its full backing to the Shrewsbury 24 campaign in its quest to right a 40-year-old wrong which – alongside the ban imposed on unions at GCHQ in the 1980s – rates as one of the worst attacks on organised workers’ rights in British history. We won’t rest until justice is done.

In the early 1970s these men experienced a grave miscarriage of justice. They were ordinary, decent men working long hours in difficult and dangerous jobs, who stood up for their rights and fought for fair pay, better safety and against the growing casualisation of the construction industry. 

They stood up against a cartel of employers – who had close links with the Conservative government of the day – and then what happened? After the successful strike, the 24 were arrested and charged with conspiracy to intimidate. Most lost their livelihoods, some lost their liberty. They were all demonised.

To date a web of government secrecy surrounds the men’s attempts to get justice but the time has now come to shine a light on the truth. A recent letter to the campaign reports the decision taken in 2011 by the then Justice Secretary Ken Clarke to suppress the documents relating to the 24’s arrests for a further ten years on the grounds of national security – a rationale that would be laughable if it weren’t so offensive.

When the Coalition government was first elected, the Prime Minister made an announcement, which is still available on the Number Ten website, promising that:

‘greater transparency across government is at the heart of our commitment to enable the public to hold politicians and public bodies to account.’

With that in mind, we call on the government to hold a parliamentary inquiry, release the documents immediately and quash the convictions.

Please take a moment to help the Shrewsbury 24 campaign get enough signatures for its e-petition to secure a parliamentary debate to call for the release of the documents and allow the men to clear their names.

> Sign the e-petition here

12 Responses to Add your name for the Shrewsbury 24

  1. Amanda Ramsay
    Jan 23rd 2013, 5:46 pm

    I would like to see parliamentary debate to call for the release of the documents and allow the men to clear their names, while they and their peers are still alive to see justice done

  2. Richard Doyle
    Jan 23rd 2013, 9:03 pm

    Its a disgrace that 40 years on we are not allowed to see the papers and information surrounding the imprisonment of of these Trade Unionists who were so badly mistreated.

  3. Peter Farrell
    Jan 24th 2013, 8:34 pm

    John Platts Mills QC . defence lawyer for Des Warren sentenced to 9 years reduced to 3 on appeal. Des. died as a result of the treatment he received in prison. Read Des’s book “The Key to My Cell”
    Stated this is the only case I know of where, the Home Secretary ordered that prosecutions take place against the advice of 2 Prosecutions Authorities and 2 Police forces. Following 800 witnesses that had been interveiwed and the police deciding that no wrong doers could be identified. Nearly 6 months later came the knock on the door arresting 31 and prosecuting 24 . The state conspiracy had began .

  4. Michael Thompson
    Jan 26th 2013, 4:57 pm

    Hi, This right wing Tory lead coalition are finishing off what Margaret Thatcher started in the 80′s, they are diminishing the role of the State and the welfare State because the right wing have an inherent loathing of both.

    The deficit is being used as a cover to do this, but nobody in the media or the Labour party is saying this in opposition to it. Why ?

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  5. philip imison-harvey
    Jan 27th 2013, 10:20 pm

    This issue is one of the last injustices of the many British mis-carriage’s of the British working people, like all the other wrongs that have been recently put right….this one has to be put right, the struggle for justice will go on, one day common sense will prevail.

  6. Jeff Kelly
    Jan 28th 2013, 7:30 am

    This was first dispute I was involved in and from this I grew my trade union roots. It’s about time they had justice & perfect timing with black listing back in full swing in the building industry

  7. Edward Garner
    Jan 28th 2013, 7:18 pm

    The truth must be told

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    Jan 28th 2013, 8:10 pm

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    This is the truth, which our politicians ignore and the BBC TV media are compliant with.

  9. james ellison
    Jan 28th 2013, 8:40 pm

    It’s time the truth came out the 96 have finally received justice so let’s stop the tory’s from anymore cover ups.The devil and his diciple are tacking over from were the milk snatcher left off.

  10. james ellison
    Jan 28th 2013, 8:40 pm

    It’s time the truth came out the 96 have finally received justice so let’s stop the tory’s from anymore cover ups.The devil and his diciple are tacking over from were the milk snatcher left off.

  11. Michael
    Jan 28th 2013, 8:56 pm

    James Ellison, you are bang on.

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