The Shrewsbury 24 Campaign
The Shrewsbury 24 Campaign, MPs and Union Leaders outside Number 10. Left to right: Katy Clark MP, Tom Watson MP, Steve Rotheram MP, David Anderson MP, Ricky Tomlinson Convicted Picket, Eileen Turnbull Shrewsbury 24 Campaign, Len McCluskey Gen. Sec. Unite, Steve Murphy Gen. Sec. UCATT, Bob Crow Gen. Sec. RMT, John McDonell MP, Graham Morris MP.
Our campaign committee was set up by several of the convicted Shrewsbury pickets with local trade union activists following a meeting in Liverpool in 2006. We are supported by many national trade unions, local branches and trades council as well as by individuals. We welcome further affiliations and support.
Our campaign is seeking to overturn the unjust prosecution of 24 building workers who were charged following the first ever national building workers strike in 1972. They picketed building sites in Shrewsbury during the dispute and were prosecuted in Shrewsbury Crown Court in 1973. They became known as the “Shrewsbury 24”.
The main focus of the campaign at present is an application to the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) to have the cases of the 24 referred to the Court of Appeal and for these miscarriages of justice to be overturned. It was submitted on the 3rd April 2012. Watch this site for further news on the progress of the application.
Ricky Tomlinson serving the petition at 10 Downing Street, Monday 16th December 2013.
Six of the pickets were imprisoned. Their crime was to be part of a trade union campaign to get a decent rate of pay and safer working conditions for all building workers. This brought them into conflict with some of the most powerful and influential employers in the construction industry in Britain including Sir Robert McAlpine & Sons and members of the National Federation of Building Trade Employers.
For more information about the campaign and to contact us please follow the links at the top.
Des Warren on the Grunwick picket line, July 1977, after his release from prison.
Members of the committee and pickets, Liverpool November 2011. Back row (L-R) John Bohanna, Terry Renshaw, Kevin O’Hagan and Harry Chadwick. Front Row (L-R): Eddie Roberts, Eileen Turnbull and Ricky Tomlinson.
Members of the committee and pickets, Ewloe, North Wales November 2011. Back row (L-R) John Bohanna, Terry Renshaw, Kevin O’Hagan and Harry Chadwick. Front Row (L-R): John McKinsie Jones, Eileen Turnbull and Kevin Butcher.