40th Anniversary Report

On Sunday 16th September over 150 supporters of the Campaign gathered at Ricky Tomlinson’s club, the Green Room, in Liverpool to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the building workers’ strike in 1972 that led to the conspiracy trials of the Shrewsbury pickets. Amongst those in attendance were five pickets, Des Warren’s son, Andy and John McKinsie Jones’ two daughters, Dawn and Melanie. Showing their support were four union General Secretaries including Len McCluskey (Unite), John Hannett (USDAW), Bill Hayes (CWU) and Mick Whelan (Aslef) as well as Steve Rotherham MP and a delegation from Liverpool City Council.

The meeting at the Green Room, Liverpool on 16th September 2012 heard a full report of the campaign from researcher Eileen Turnbull. She gave a history of the strike and the prosecutions showing how the employers orchestrated a witchhunt against the trade unionists that took an active part in the strike. Eileen gave details of the documents that she has uncovered at the National Archives in Kew that demonstrate government interference in bringing the charges and prosecutions of the pickets.

Paul Brant brought greetings from the Labour mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, who sponsored a resolution at the council which gave support to the campaign.

Len McCluskey, Unite General Secretary, pledged his union’s backing for the campaign. 18 of the 24 pickets were members of the Transport & General Workers’ Union.

Liverpool Walton MP, Steve Rotherham, talked about the common themes between the Shrewsbury campaign and the Hillsborough justice campaign in the week that the report of the Independent Panel was published.

Photographs © Chris Gregory 2012

 

Len McCluskey, General Secretary, Unite

Len McCluskey, General Secretary, Unite

Back row: pickets Ricky Tomlinson, Terry Renshaw, Ken O’Shea, Michael Pierce and Kevin Butcher. Front row: Campaign Researcher Eileen Turnbull with John McKinsie Jones’ daughters, Dawn and Melanie.

Back row: pickets Ricky Tomlinson, Terry Renshaw, Ken O’Shea, Michael Pierce and Kevin Butcher.
Front row: Campaign Researcher Eileen Turnbull with John McKinsie Jones’ daughters, Dawn and Melanie.

Steve Rotherham MP for Liverpool, Walton and UCATT member.

Steve Rotherham MP for Liverpool, Walton and UCATT member.

Paul Brant deputy Leader Liverpool City Council

Paul Brant deputy Leader Liverpool City Council.

Fellow pickets Ricky Tomlinson and Michael Pierce

Fellow pickets Ricky Tomlinson and Michael Pierce

Comrades in arms Terry Renshaw and Ken O’Shea

Comrades in arms Terry Renshaw and Ken O’Shea.

Laurie Flynn, investigative journalist, with Ricky Tomlinson, Eileen Turnbull and Unite supporters, Louis, Ann and Dave.

Laurie Flynn, investigative journalist, with Ricky Tomlinson, Eileen Turnbull and Unite supporters, Louis, Ann and Dave.

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