Free The Six

This film was made by Michael Rosen and Jeff Perks in 1974.

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© Michael Rosen and Jeff Perks 2012.

We were privileged to meet Jeff Perks at the recent Labour Party Conference 2016. Jeff together with Michael Rosen co-produced the Free The Six Film

in 1973/4.He told us how he and Michael were film students in 1972. They were both supporters of the building workers strike and were horrified when six of them were imprisoned for alleged picketing offences.  Even though they were students and just learning about filming techniques they were so committed to the struggle they decided to make a documentary film about the dangerous conditions that workers were subjected to in the building industry and the strike which was called to demand improvements.

This film is a masterpiece  of contemporary Labour History. It shows at first hand the lack of  health and safety on building sites. It also shows building workers who took part in the strike giving a  honest and clear accounts of how they organised flying pickets.  The film’s attention to detail is an absolute credit to them.

On behalf of the Shrewsbury 24 Campaign I wish to thank them both for the wonderful accurate film account of what happened to the building workers and the Shrewsbury pickets when they had the courage to take strike action against the huge building trade  companies, one of  the most powerful and well organised Industries in the UK . It was David against Goliath but with the tactic of the flying picket,they won the 12 week dispute; but the employers and the government made them pay a high price,they imprisoned six pickets and criminalised many others.  This film will ensure these brave  building workers will never be forgotten.

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