Shrewsbury 24 e-Petition

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Section: Blog
Subjects: Workers Organisations & Strikes
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Full disclosure of all Government documents relating to the 1972 building workers strike and the conspiracy trials at Shrewsbury

Responsible department: Ministry of Justice

In 1972, building workers held their first ever national strike for decent pay and health & safety at work. Five months after the strike ended, 24 trade union members were charged with offences allegedly arising from picketing in Shrewsbury in September 1972. They included individuals who were convicted of conspiracy and sentenced to imprisonment. Government files relating to the strike have been withheld from the National Archives even though more than 30 years have passed.

We call upon the Government to release all Cabinet minutes, documents, discussion papers, civil service notes, reports and telephone records produced from 1972 to 1976 by Government departments, agencies and prosecuting authorities relating to the strike, the building workers’ unions, the arrested pickets, the prosecutions at Mold and Shrewsbury and the subsequent appeals, as well as any other material pertaining to the case that fall outside the above time period.

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  1. As Chairman of the Justice for the Shrewsbury 24 Campaign Committee I urge all who read this to sign this e petition, which calls for release of all official documents disgracefully still witheld after 40 years that relate to the 1972 Building Workers Strike and subsequent political trials of 1973,unjustly resulting in the jailing and criminalisation of decent trade union members. Support our demand for an Appeal Court hearing to have these blatantly political judgements set aside.

  2. i agree with rigky tomlinson he was groosly and un in fairly treated atshrewsbury 1972 should pulicly admit the covernment at the time were wrong

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