From the TUC

Support the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign

04 Apr 2013, By

policeman hitting protestor at Orgreave

A policeman hits out at a protestor at Orgreave in 1984. Photo John Harris, via TUC Library Collections

The TUC is supporting an E-Petition, set up by The Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign, which is seeking truth and justice for all miners victimised by the police at the Orgreave Coking Plant, South Yorkshire, on June 18th 1984.

The petition says that Orgreave is part of a pattern of cover ups by the police from many different forces, which are now being exposed.   A similar petition formed part of the campaign which led to the truth about Hillsborough finally being revealed last year.

The Orgreave petition calls for a full public inquiry into the policing and subsequent statements recorded by the police at the time, to be held as soon as possible.

The petition and campaign  has the support of mining unions and the TUC urges all unions to encourage their members to sign the petition, which if it reaches the 100,000 target by November 13, should prompt a Commons debate.

The petition can be signed on line at:

6 Responses to Support the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign

  1. John Garvani
    Apr 4th 2013, 8:13 pm

    The truth about what happened needs to come out

  2. Mike Jackson
    Apr 5th 2013, 6:49 am

    I personally witnessed so much illegal policing at the time and the media did nothing to criticise it. With the thirty year rule ending next year getting a widespread response to this petition is vital in the fight to expose the truth and set about restraining the state in the future. Mike Jackson, former Secretary of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners 1984/5 (London).

  3. Ralph Dyson
    Apr 6th 2013, 10:51 am

    Lived through it. Some dirty low life tricks used against the working class.

  4. Greedy Banker
    Apr 6th 2013, 11:30 am

    I received a criminal conviction for my part at Orgreave, along with a good beating on the day. The beating was common place, the conviction a surprise. I was not a miner but there to support fellow trade unionist and to oppose the Tory Tirade upon the working class. It was a defining moment we were right to fight and we are right to carry on fighting

    But lets not kid ourselves, the state beat me up, the state convicted me, the state have covered up and the state will sacrifice one of their Met’ soldiers in an attempt to avoid us seeing the real truth.

    But justice, like the truth, is a million miles away

    The state will always protect itself which is why the state must remain our target, not a few gullible coppers who got to kick to crap out of us whilst waving their huge wage packets.

    But fight every fight I say, so CLICK

  5. Ken Connor
    Apr 8th 2013, 10:20 am

    Truth will out, but only if we make it. Justice for mineworkers now.

  6. [email protected]
    Apr 10th 2013, 7:35 pm

    I support this wonderful petision.