June 23, 2009 by alunparry
More Details on the Shrewsbury Justice Rally
On Saturday 4th July the Shropshire & Telford Trades Union Council are organising a March and Rally in Shrewsbury in support of the “Justice for the Shrewsbury 24 Campaign”.
Ricky Tomlinson and Arthur Scargill will be amongst the guest speakers taking part in the event which is about highlighting events surrounding incidents that took place on building sites at Brookside and Woodside in Telford some 37 years ago.
After the 1972 Building Workers’ National Strike 24 Trade Unionists were tried at Shrewsbury Crown Court and a number of these men were given severe prison sentences.
Best known of them were Des Warren and Ricky Tomlinson, who20became referred to as the “Shrewsbury 2.”
Successive Governments have remained unresponsive to the calls for an inquiry into the sentencing and trials which were used to effectively criminalise picketing at that time.
The Campaign seeks to overturn the sentences and for these men to be cleared. Earlier this year an Early Day Motion was p ut down in the House of Commons and a Lobby of Parliament was held to relaunch the campaign.
H O’Harney Secretary of the Shropshire & Telford Trades Union Council says:
“The March and Rally is being held in Shrewsbury and is symbolic because this was where the main trial took place. The actual events that led to them being charged took place in Telford so there is even more reason that the event on July 4th is supported by all local Trade Unionists.
“It’s time that Justice was finally done and pardon given to those who have been criminalised for being Trade Unionists, their only crime was in fighting for decent terms and conditions.
“The time has come to get justice for all of the 24 Trade Unionists who were political pawns whose only crime was to support their Union by picketing.”
The March starts at the Abbey Forgate car park in Shrewsbury at 11 00 am and finishes at the Monument near to Shrewsbury Courts where the Rally is taking place from 12 00 onwards.
A social event has also been planned for after the Rally at which Alun Parry, Liverpool songwriter will be performing a special tribute written about Dessie Warren.